A History of Stanley the Company
When you trace it all the way back, it comes down to three individuals: Frederick Stanley, Duncan Black, and Alonzo Decker. Three passionate individuals who built powerful companies that they were so proud of they put their names on them.
Hundreds of years later, we're proud to continue their legacies and we're proud to carry their names forward.
In 1843, Frederick Stanley started a small shop in New Britain, Connecticut, to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. With superior quality, consistent innovation, and rigorous operational improvement, Stanley's company defined excellence, and so did his products.
In 1910, S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker started their shop, similar in size at first, in Baltimore, Maryland. Six years later they changed the world by obtaining the world's first patent for a portable power tool, and the company they built has been changing the world ever since.
Both companies grew in parallel over the ensuing decades, amassing an unparalleled family of brands and products and an even more impressive wealth of industry expertise.
In 2010, the two companies combined to form Stanley Black & Decker, to deliver the tools and solutions that industrial companies, professionals, and consumers count on to be successful when it really matters.
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.
1937: Stanley Works entered the UK market with the acquisition of J.A Chapman of Sheffield, England.
1980: Stanley Works acquired Mac Tools.
1984: Stanley Works purchased Proto from Ingersoll Rand and it becomes Stanley Proto.
1986: Stanley Works acquired Bostitch from Textron.
1990: Stanley Works acquired Goldblatt and ZAG Industries.
1990: Acquired Sidchrome Tool Co., headequartered in Melbourne, Australia; closed plant and moved all tool manufacturing to China.
1992: Stanley Works purchased the Chatsworth, California-based Monarch Mirror Door Co. Inc., a 1,000-employee manufacturer of sliding and folding mirror-doors, formerly owned by Oscar Kain, of Los Angeles, California. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. HR Management headed by Ezequiel Peraza.
2000: Stanley Works acquired Blick of Swindon, England, a leading UK integrator of security solutions, communication, and time-management solutions to the commercial and industrial sectors, selling direct to end users, and CST Berger.
2002: In October, Stanley Works acquired Best Access Systems of Indianapolis, Indiana, for $310 million. The acquisition also prompted the creation of a new Access Controls Group for Stanley. Further additions to this new working group included Blick.
2004: In January, Stanley announced plans to acquire Frisco Bay Industries Ltd., a Canadian provider of security integration services, for $45.3 million. In December, the acquisition of ISR Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., was announced. ISR Solutions is an electronic security integrator providing the U.S. federal government and commercial customers with access security system services.
2005: In January, the acquisition of Security Group, Inc. was announced. Security Group was composed of two primary operating companies: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc., a manufacturer of medium- and high-security locks; and Safemasters, a North American provider of physical security installation, maintenance and repair services, with an emphasis on mechanical locking systems. An additional acquisition of Precision Hardware was made in 2005.
2006: Stanley furthered its corporate assets in the security market by acquiring HSM Electronic Protection Systems after it had been spun off from Honeywell in compliance with pre-emptive Securities and Exchange Commission antitrust rulings. In the meantime, the company obtained security contracts as the primary contractor to secure three NASA spaceflight centers. Stanley Works also acquired Facom.
2007: Late in the year, Stanley acquired OSI Security of Chula Vista, California, a provider of battery-operated wireless lock technology and supplies to government, education, and healthcare industries.
2008: Acquired Beach Toolbox Industries, headquartered in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada; then closed the plant.
2008: In June, Stanley announced the acquisition of Sonitrol, which provides high-end security systems that use audio listening devices as the primary means of intrusion detection. Since the 1960s, they have accumulated over 100,000 commercial accounts in over 150 cities, and have an impressive record of helping police departments apprehend criminals. There is a combination of corporate owned locations and franchise locations. Stanley also acquired Xmark Corporation, which for over 25 years has provided Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to locate and protect people and medical equipment in healthcare environments. As of 2008, many of the Stanley Security Services divisions were being integrated under the unified HSM brand.
2009: On November 2, Stanley announced a merger with Black & Decker. The merger was completed on March 12, 2010.
2010: In July, the company announced the acquisition of CRC-Evans Pipeline International for $445 million in cash. CRC-Evans provides total project support for pipeline construction contractors with automatic welding and other pipeline construction specific equipment and personnel.
2011: On September 9, the acquisition of Niscayah was complete.
2012: On January 1, the acquisition of Lista North America, headquartered in Holliston, Massachusetts, was completed.
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