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About Apex Tool Corp
Apex Tool Group (ATG) is one of the largest manufacturers of professional hand and power tools in the world, serving the industrial, vehicle service and assembly, aerospace, electronics, construction and serious DIY markets.
Our portfolio of over 30 innovative brands includes many category leaders, such as SATA®, GearWrench®, Weller®, Wiss®, Lufkin®, Cleco® and Crescent®. ATG also manufactures select, premier private label mechanics tools. Across the board, our tools stand for quality, innovation and value. Known for solving seemingly impossible problems, they are intuitive and simple to use, yet indispensable.
The E. T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company was started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1869 to serve the logging industry. Unlike scores of competitors, Lufkin produced rules of superior quality, using only the best materials, and the company flourished, gaining a substantial following of loyal customers and catching the attention of new investors. A Saginaw, Michigan company soon bought the growing business, renaming it the Lufkin Rule Company and moving it to Saginaw, which at the time was the center of the logging industry as settlement of the young United States moved relentlessly westward.
Innovation is the key to success for every enterprise, and that was certainly the case for Lufkin, when, in 1890, Lufkin introduced the first steel measuring tape produced in the United States. Numerous innovative products were introduced in the following years, the most successful being the “spring joint” folding wooden rule. The folding rule remained the dominant measuring tool for tradespeople of all types until the 1940s when Lufkin, along with several other manufacturers, made the retractable tape measure a reality.
Today, Lufkin is a premier measuring products brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Lufkin power tapes, rules, long tapes, oil gauging tapes, and measuring wheels provide precise measurements for professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike. Tough “Hi-Viz Orange” power tapes are recognized the world over for their innovative design, quality, and accuracy. Lufkin also offers one of the widest available selections of special-purpose tapes and rules for commercial and industrial use. So whether it’s a steel rule in a factory, a specialized oil gauging tape at a refinery, or a power tape on a home construction site, those who know measurement reach for Lufkin.
In 1847, thirty year-old cutler and gunsmith Jacob Wiss immigrates to the United States from Switzerland. He opens a small shop in Newark, New Jersey, forging surgical instruments and shears. His firm prospers, and during the American Civil War, Wiss makes scissors for Union Army medical units and shears to cut uniforms. After Wiss dies in 1880, his sons take over. The company continues to grow, expanding its product offering to include several lines of shears and scissors, trimmers, pruning shears, and tin snips. Wiss replaces any broken product, regardless of the reason for damage, and a loyal customer following develops.
In 1906, power drop hammers for hot forging the frames of steel shears are installed, making it possible to weld tough high-carbon steel blades to softer, more malleable steel. This new process makes Wiss shears and scissors virtually indestructible, and by 1914, Wiss is the world's largest producer of shears and scissors. World War I brings further growth when imports from European cutlery centers are halted. Production soars during the war and continues at a high level immediately after. Production peaks at more than two million pairs of shears and scissors per year, made in 250 different varieties. Wiss survives the Great Depression, and during World War II, products are converted to military applications: nail scissors prove ideal for the manufacture of precision radar and radio systems, metal snips are used building aircraft, and surgical scissors go to hospitals on every front. As sales revert to civilian markets after the war, Wiss compound action “aviation snips,” a key tool for cutting aircraft sheet metal during the war years, become a best seller.
Wiss is acquired by Cooper Industries in 1976, and becomes part of its highly successful hand tool division. In 2010, Wiss becomes a brand of Apex Tool Group, a joint venture combining two premier hand tool manufacturers: Cooper Tools and Danaher Tool Group.
Today, Wiss is a premier scissors, snips, and specialty trade tools brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Wiss has been the leading brand in aviation snips for over 50 years, driven by two simple principles: performance and durability. Wiss puts those same qualities into every product in its line. So no matter what Wiss tool you use, you can count on getting exceptional performance and long life.
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