Armstrong Brothers Timeline
12/31/89Armstrong® 1890 Founding
Four sons of a Scottish immigrant blacksmith launch Armstrong Bros. Tool Company in Chicago. In the beginning, the company manufactures and distributes bicycle parts
12/31/99Armstrong® 1900 Tool Holding Growth
The lathe tool holders show so much promise that Armstrong starts manufacturing the product full-time. As advertised, the Armstrong® system did indeed save “All forging and 70% of grinding,” and by the mid 1900’s the use of forged cutting tools in machine shops was virtually unheard of, replaced instead by the Armstrong® System of Tool Holders.
04/30/02Armstrong® 1902 April Fool's Day - Tragedy & Rebirth
On April Fool’s Day in 1902, the Austin Ave plant burned to the ground. The company salvaged and re-conditioned its inventory, rebuilt the plant, doubled the floor space, and continued to grow.
05/31/05Armstrong® 1905 Expansion
Needing still more space, the brothers purchase property at 317N Francisco Ave., Chicago, and build a 100,000 square foot, 3-story brick factory
05/31/09Armstrong® 1909 Drop Forged Wrenches
The brand adds drop forged wrenches to its tool line
05/31/17Armstrong® 1917 Catalog
A World War I era Armstrong® catalog featuring tool holding products.
05/31/28Armstrong® Teams Up With Blackhawk
In the 1928 edition of the Motor Record, the publication announces a partnership to produce Armstrong-Blackhawk open end wrenches.
05/31/48Armstrong® 1948 New HQ
The company moves from its Francisco Ave factory to a new headquarters at 5200 W. Armstrong Ave. on Chicago’s northwest side
05/31/74Armstrong® 1974 New Plant
The company adds a second manufacturing facility in Fayetteville Arkansas and begins operations.
05/31/83Armstrong® 1983 The World's Finest Sockets
The world's finest sockets get the world's finest ratchet.
05/31/87Armstrong® 1987 World's Finest Wrench
Compare.... Armstrong® with any other wrench.
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12/31/93Danaher Acquisition - 1994
05/31/97Armstrong® 1997 Dedicated to Giving You More
More quality. More service. And even more product selection with the latest additions to the Armstrong® line of top quality industrial hand tools
05/31/00Armstrong® 2000 No Normal Day
An elephant's butt in the boiler.... the makers of Armstrong® tools know there is no such thing as a "normal day" when it comes to industrial maintenance.
05/31/03Armstrong® 2003 EYE-D™ Sockets
Armstrong® launches laser etched large size markings for quick recognition in low light and tough industrial environments.
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05/31/10Danaher Merged into Apex Tool Group - 2010
05/31/10Armstrong® Launches the GMTK and the MCAT for the US Military
The GMTK (General Mechanics Tool Kit) and the MCAT (Mobile Cart Armstrong Tool) were designed in conjuction by the US Military for the US Military. They are entirely composed of Made In The USA tools and componets...down to the ball bearings of the casters.
05/31/13Armstrong® 2013 4,000+ SKUs
The Armstrong® product line now includes more than 4,000 items, including hand sockets and drive tools, wrenches, industrial wrenches, torque wrenches, impact sockets, c-clamps, screwdrivers, pliers, and related industrial products
12/31/141890-2015 Armstrong® Celebrates 125 Years!
It all started 125 years ago in a wooden shed in back of two houses on Edgewood Ave. in Chicago. Those houses belonged to two of the four Armstrong brothers, who together founded a company that is now a worldwide leader in industrial hand tools with over 4,000 products. Made for the toughest jobs in 1890 and still made that way today. Not just strong … ARMSTRONG.