Since 1843 STANLEY® tools have been on the belt and in the hands of professional contractors and accomplished homeowners. Synonymous with quality, reliability, innovation, and value, STANLEY is the first name in tape measures and trusted worldwide for accuracy and dependability.
We’re proud of our reputation for excellence and are dedicated to continually testing, designing, and improving our products to ensure quality and maximum function. Maintaining our standing as the world's best at what we do is vital to us and what you expect from a name like STANLEY.
For more than 175 years our innovative products have helped build, repair and protect our world. Today that legacy continues. Explore our history by using the interactive timeline below.
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FOUNDED IN 1843
In 1843, Frederick Stanley founded the Stanley Works in New Britain, Connecticut.
STANLEY begins to manufacture boxwood rules.
STANLEY begins manufacturing levels.
STANLEY introduces hammers to the line up.
STANLEY purchased Bailey®, Chaney and Company and acquired the right to manufacture tools under the Bailey® patents.
STANLEY began manufacturing screwdrivers.
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.
STANLEY introduces the first steel tape rule.
STANLEY introduces utility knives in 1936.
STANLEY builds the largest hand tool plant in the world in New Britain, CT. The same year, we introduced the PowerLock® Tape Rule.
STANLEY introduces the STANLEY FATMAX Tape Rule and the STANLEY FATMAX Anti-Vibe® Hammer.
STANLEY re-introduces SweetHeart™ Planes.
STANLEY launches carbide blades.
STANLEY heads into the future of smart measuring with over 75 years experience.
2022 & BEYOND
STANLEY continues to introduce new and innovative products that change the way we work.
Prepared For The Future
ECOSMART™ emphasizes our company-wide sustainability efforts both internally and to the public. Our product development processes across all businesses are being retooled to provide increased focus on early identification of product sustainability opportunities that can be addressed during the design phase. These process enhancements will help ensure that every product is considered through an ECOSMART™ lens during development.
At STANLEY®, we are passionate about building a better tomorrow. Through our partnerships with inspiring non-profits, and with the volunteer efforts of our dedicated employees, we are helping to make the world a better place. We are proud to be affiliated with a number of world class organizations.