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STANLEY® is a leading global manufacturer of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, and a flagship brand of the wider Stanley Black & Decker Corporation.

Ever since its foundation in 1843, STANLEY has been committed to providing professionals across the globe with products which are smart, tough, pioneering and up to the task.

For over 170 years, STANLEY has been responsible for unlocking new levels of user performance through creating some of the most useful tools ever made inlcuding the Bailey® Plane, the Surform® shaper, the PowerLock® tape rule, and most recently, the FatMax™ line of products. Today, the company continues to be an industry leader in hand tool innovation thanks to a continued focus on the excellence that is inherent in every product, employee and business.

The STANLEY tools division is arguably what STANLEY is best known for, but other divisions include STANLEY Security, STANLEY Hardware, STANLEY Engineered Fastening and STANLEY Infrastructure

About Us



In 1843, Frederick Stanley, started a small shop in New Britain, USA, to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. With superior quality, consistent innovation, and rigorous operational improvement, Frederick Stanley's company, known then as 'The Stanley Works', defined excellence, and so did its' products.

Since 1843, we’ve set the standard for excellence in everything we do. No company on earth has a stronger or more compelling history of delivering the hardworking, innovative, powerful tools that help professionals around the world build, repair, and protect the world’s most valuable things.

Just as it was in 1843, our passion for excellence is seen around the world in our disciplined operations, purposeful business growth, and loyal customer relationships.






Every STANLEY tool is created to help you work better, smarter, faster. Our discovery teams work side-by-side real tradespeople to see how they work and identify ways to help improve their performance. This means that our tools come with something special - understanding. From the tape that helps you measure accurately to the hammer that's heavy on nails but light on your arm, we create tools that help you be your best. Why do we do it? Because we understand that there's nothing better than knowing you've done a great job, and knowing that you're respected for it by the people whose opinion really matters - the people you work with.

Milestones since

1843 Stanley

Stanley Works is founded in New Britain, Connecticut, by Frederick T. Stanley.

1844 Stanley

Stanley starts making rulers to measure.

1857 Stanley

Henry Stanley establishes the company Stanley Rule & Level Company and begins to manufacture levels and squares.

1863 Stanley

Stanley throws his first hammer.

1869 Stanley

Stanley acquires the company Bailey, Chaney and Company and acquires the rights to manufacture tools using the Bailey patents.

1870 Stanley

Stanley begins to make screwdrivers and brushes.

1876 Stanley

Stanley markets the planers.

1900 Stanley

Stanley Rule and Level is recognized as the largest manufacturer of brushes and tools worldwide.

1911 Stanley

Stanley begins to manufacture bench drills and drills.

1921 Stanley

Stanley introduces a new logo that symbolizes the merger of Stanley Rule and Level and Stanley Works.

1924 Stanley

Stanley requests the patent for the ratchet screwdriver.

1928 Stanley

Stanley Works enters the market of electric tools manufacturing screwdrivers, defocers and bench saws.

1930 Stanley

Stanley makes the first tape measure.

1936 Stanley

Stanley makes his first stylus.

1963 Stanley

Stanley opens the world's largest tooling plant in New Britain, CT. That same year introduced the iconic Powerlock tricks.

1970 Stanley

Stanley begins to make manual staplers.

1998 Stanley

Stanley acquires Zag Industries LTD., An Israeli manufacturer of innovative plastic storage products.

2015 Stanley

Stanley launches its new line of power tools aimed at the professional user.

2018 Stanley

A brand Stanley completes 175 years.