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History & Milestones

For over 170 years, STANLEY® has been synonymous with quality, reliability, innovation and value. From the “do-it-yourselfer” installing a ceiling fan to the professional contractor framing new homes, it’s a safe bet that Stanley has the right tool for the job. We’re proud of our reputation for excellence, and dedicated to continually testing, designing and improving our products to ensure quality and maximum function. Maintaining our standing of being the world's best at what we do is important to us and what you expect from a name like STANLEY®.


Since 1843, our innovative products have helped build, repair and protect our world. Today that legacy continues. Explore our history by using the interactive timeline below.

Milestones

1843

Founded in 1843

In 1843, Frederick Stanley founded the Stanley Works in New Britain, Connecticut.

1854

1854

STANLEY begins to manufacture boxwood rules.

1857

1857

STANLEY begins manufacturing levels.

1863

1863

STANLEY introduces hammers to their line up.

1869

1869

Purchased Bailey, Chaney and Company and acquired the right to manufacture tools under Bailey’s patents.

1870

1870

STANLEY began manufacturing screwdrivers.

1920

1920

A new logo is introduced to symbolize the merger of the Stanley Rule & Level Company and the Stanley Works. The Stanley Rule & Level Company was founded by Fredrick's cousin Henry Stanley in 1857.

1931

1931

STANLEY introduces the first steel tape rule.

1936

1936

STANLEY introduces utility knives in 1936.

1963

1963

STANLEY builds the largest hand tool plant in the world in New Britain, CT. The same year, we introduced the PowerLock® Tape Rule.

1969

1969

The PowerLock® Tape Rule represented Stanley as part of Apollo 11’s Lunar Landing Gear.

1999

1999

STANLEY introduces the FatMax® Tape Rule and the FatMax Anti-Vibe® Hammer.

2008

2008

Stanley re-introduces Sweetheart Planes.

2011

2011

STANLEY launches carbide blades.

2015

2015

STANLEY heads into the future of smart measuring with over 75 years experience.

2016 & Beyond

2016 & Beyond

STANLEY will continue to introduce new and innovative products that will change the way we work today.