Williams, J. H.

Tool Company
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In 1882, James Harvey Williams and Matthew Diamond founded Williams & Diamond in Flushing, Queens, a drop forging business. The business was relocated to Brooklyn in 1884 and took the name J.H. Williams & Co in 1887. The company was incorporated in 1885.  At some point between 1884 and 1886, William H. Brock joined Mr. Williams in partnership.  This partnership didn't last long with Mr. Brock suing Mr. Williams for breach of their agreement.  The resolution of the conflict is undetermined but in January of 1887, Mr. Brock bows out of the partnership and the firm continues as J. H. Williams & Co.  NOTE: Mr. Brock may well have been with the company since the early 1880s.  He had 2 pipe/chain wrench patents (250,641 and 254,862 the latter assigned 1/4 to John W. Alexander) in 1881 and 1882 that DATAMP reports were manufactured by J. H. Williams and William H. Brock.  In 1901, Mr. Brock patented another Chain Wrench design, Patent #674,194, and in May of 1900, founded the Brock Wrench Manufacturing Co..  In 1902 the company is listed Polk's New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory in NJ with William C. Latimer - Pres., Daniel A. Lowber - Sec., and William H. Brock - Treas.  In 1915 Jos. C. Pierson retired as President of Brock Wrench and the company was acquired by Greene, Tweed & Co.  Brock Wrench is still listed in manufacturer's directories until 1923.

In 1910, George Amborn is President of the company according to Trademark Registrations.

J. H. Williams was one of the first to offer mass-produced drop-forged hand tools. A second factory was opened in Buffalo, New York in 1914 (now the site of General Motors' Tonawanda Engine plant).

In 1920, Williams merged with the Whitman & Barnes company

In the mid 1930s, Foster A. Haist (former President of Keystone Manufacturing Co.) was assigning patents to J. H. Williams.

In approximately 1936, the United Drill and Tool Corporation was established as an "umbrella entity."  Williams and W&B continued to produce tools under their respective brands, and other companies such as the Buckeye Twist Drill Co., Chicago-Latrobe, and Unimet Carbide were acquired under United Drill and Tool Corp.

In late November of 1957 (See Image 1 below), the boards of United Drill and Tool and Greenfield Tap & Die agreed in principle to merge.  By March of 1958, the merger was complete and a new entity, Unified-Greenfield Corp. was formalized.  Again, Greenfield, Williams etc. continued to produce products under their traditional branding.

The Williams brand was acquired by Snap-on in 1993, and it was officially renamed Snap-on Industrial Brands in 2011.

For an exhaustive research compilation on the history of J. H. Williams, including significant events, employees, expansions, etc., please visit Maggie Blanck's page here.

J.H. Williams & Co. (Brooklyn, NY / Buffalo, NY)

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

  • Falcon - Block Letters (Pipe Wrenches) (First Use 5/1/1901)
  • Champion - Block Letters (Pipe Wrenches) First Use by Williams, 12/2/1897 "and by those from whom they derived the right to use said trademark since the month of July, 1890")
  • Vulcan // Vulcan (2) // Vulcan (3) Vulcan (4) - Block Letters (First use 8/12/1897)
  • W (Inside Diamond) (First use 1884)
  • Superior - Block Letters (Wrenches, Chain Pipe Vises, Chain Pipe Tongs) (First Use 11/29/1929)
  • AGRIPPA - letters in an arch (Wrenches & Vises) (First Use 5/13/1905)
  • Volume (Wrenches, Sockets, Ratchets, Drive Tools)
  • Cromal (DBE Wrenches)
  • DUOHEX (DBE Wrenches)
  • Superjustable - Block Letters (Adjustable Wrenches) (First use 5/13/1921)
  • Measurrench - Block Letters (First use 7/13/1938)
  • Superrench - Block Letters (Wrenches) (First use 10/10/1925)
  • Superratchet - Block Letters (Ratchets) (First Use 9/19/1932)
  • Superector - Block Letters (Wrenches, Sockets, etc.) (First Use on Wrenches 12/13/1935) (First Use on Wrench Sets, Socket Sets & Tool Handles (1/13/1936)
  • Super Chain - Arched Letters (Chains for Tongs & Pipe Vises) (First Use 9/3/1936 / Cancelled 1954)
  • Superjaw - Block Letters (Jaws for Tongs & Pipe Vises) (First Use 9/3/1936 / Cancelled 1954)
  • Supertong - Block Letters (Tongs & Pipe Vises) (First Use 9/3/1936 / Cancelled 1954)
  • Superhandle - Block Letters (Handles for Tongs, Vises, Wrenches, etc.) (First Use 9/3/1936 / Cancelled 1954)
  • Williams Underline Logo atop a rectangle with "Forge Ahead with Forgings" inside (Ferrous & Nonferrous Metal Forgings) (First Use 9/17/1941 / Cancelled 1954)
  • TUBAL - Block Letters (Wrenches) (First use 9/1/1901)
  • Hornet - Block Letters (First Use 7/6/1976)
  • Bantam - Block Letters (Small socket sets) (First Use 6/10/1930)
  • Supersocket - Block Letters (Wrenches, Wrench Sets, Tool Handles, Screwdrivers, Wrench Sockets) (First Use 12/13/1930)
  • Supertorque - Block Letters (First use 4/1/1993)
  • Multisocket (Wrenches)
  • "W" with hockeysticks design on either side (Wrenches) (First Use 4/3/1950) - Cancelled 1957
  • "The Wrench People" - Approximately 1911 to 1933
  • Columbia - Stylized with "C" surrounding the "o" (Twist Drills, Reamers, Extractors, Masonry Bits, etc.) (First Use 10/5/1956) // Same Columbia Logo for Taps and Dies (First Use 7/19/1962)
  • Columbia - Block Letters (Most Tools, including socket sets - see link for list) (First Use 10/5/1956)
  • Columbia - Block Letters (Tool Boxes - empty) (First Use 2/20/1974)
  • SUPER-WMS - Block Letters (Wrenches) (First use 4/1/1993)
  • Williams Logo - "Williams" inside circle (Hand Tools) (First Use 7/2/1984)
  • ZEPHYR - Block Text (Clamps & Pipe Tools such as Wrenches and Vises) (First Use 12/8/1936)

   Contract Production for

  • Sears - Craftsman L (Adjustables)
  • Sears - Craftsman (Wrenches [dogbone])
  • Babcock Printing Press Manufacturing Co.

Here is the rest of the ownership trail according to the Superratchet trademark assignment history:

Conveyance:

CERTIFICATE BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF DELAWARE SHOWING MERGER OF THE MASS. CORP. AND THE MICH. CORP. ON FEB. 14, 1958 AND THE NEW YORK CORP. ON FEB. 28, 1958.

Assignors:

GREENFIELD TAP AND DIE CORPORATION

Exec Dt:

03/14/1958

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

MASSACHUSETTS

UNITED DRILL AND TOOL CORPORATION

Exec Dt:

00/00/0000

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

MICHIGAN

J. H. WILLIAMS & CO.

Exec Dt:

00/00/0000

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

NEW YORK

Assignee:

UNITED-GREENFIELD CORPORATION.

Entity Type:

UNKNOWN

Citizenship:

NONE

Correspondent:

COVINGTON & BURLING

UNION TRUST BLDG.

WASHINGTON 5, DC

Assignment: 2

Reel/Frame:

0171/I708 Recorded: 02/24/1969 Pages: 1

Conveyance:

MERGER 19680920OH

Assignor:

UNITED-GREENFIELD CORPORATION

Exec Dt:

10/29/1968

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

TRW INC.

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

OHIO

Correspondent:

COVINGTON & BURLING

UNION TRUST BLDG.

WASHINGTON, DC 20005

Assignment: 3

Reel/Frame:

0488/0492 Recorded: 01/28/1985 Pages: 23

Conveyance:

ASSIGNS THE ENTIRE INTEREST AND THE GOODWILL

Assignor:

TRW INC.

Exec Dt:

06/29/1984

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

OHIO

Assignee:

J.H. WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.

400 VULCAN ST.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Correspondent:

KIRKLAND AND ELLIS

200 EAST RANDOLPH DR.

CHICAGO, IL 60601

Assignment: 4

Reel/Frame:

0529/0355 Recorded: 06/16/1986 Pages: 3

Conveyance:

CERTIFIED COPY OF CHANGE OF NAME FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF DELAWARE ON APRIL 8, 1986

Assignor:

J.H. WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.

Exec Dt:

06/06/1986

Entity Type:

UNKNOWN

Citizenship:

NONE

Assignee:

WILLIAMS HAND TOOL, INC.

Entity Type:

UNKNOWN

Citizenship:

NONE

Correspondent:

KIRKLAND & ELLIS

200 EAST RANDOLPH DR.

CHICAGO, IL 60601

Assignment: 5

Reel/Frame:

0678/0919 Recorded: 09/11/1989 Pages: 0

Conveyance:

CERTIFIED COPY OF ORDER BY THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, ATLANTA DIVISION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF DEBTORS ASSETS PURCHASE AGREEMENT.

Assignor:

WILLIAM HAND TOOL INC.

Exec Dt:

08/01/1988

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

MLIF ACQUISITION CO.

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Correspondent:

KILPATRICK & CODY

STE. 3100, 100 PEACHTREE STREET

ATLANTA, GA 30303

Assignment: 6

Reel/Frame:

0678/0946 Recorded: 09/11/1989 Pages: 0

Conveyance:

CHANGE OF NAME 19880819

Assignor:

MLIF ACQUISITION CO.

Exec Dt:

08/18/1988

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

J. H. WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.

Entity Type:

UNKNOWN

Citizenship:

NONE

Correspondent:

KILPATRICK & CODY

STE. 3100, 100 PEACHTREE STREET

ATLANTA, GA 30303

Assignment: 7

Reel/Frame:

1180/0347 Recorded: 07/13/1994 Pages: 3

Conveyance:

ASSIGNS THE ENTIRE INTEREST AND THE GOODWILL

Assignor:

J.H. WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.

Exec Dt:

09/29/1993

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

SNAP-ON TOOLS CORPORATION

2801 80TH STREET KENOSHA, WISCONSIN 53141-1410

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Correspondent:

KILPATRICK & CODY

MILES J. ALEXANDER

1100 PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 2800

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30309-4530

Assignment: 8

Reel/Frame:

1180/0345 Recorded: 07/13/1994 Pages: 2

Conveyance:

CHANGE OF NAME EFFECTIVE APRIL 22, 1994. (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS)

Assignor:

SNAP-ON TOOLS CORPORATION

Exec Dt:

04/22/1994

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

SNAP-ON INCORPORATED

2801 80TH STREET KENOSHA, WISCONSIN 53141-1410

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Correspondent:

KILPATRICK & CODY

MILES J. ALEXANDER

1100 PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 2800

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30309-4530

Assignment: 9

Reel/Frame:

1479/0148 Recorded: 07/01/1996 Pages: 7

Conveyance:

ASSIGNS THE ENTIRE INTEREST

Assignor:

SNAP-ON INCORPORATED

Exec Dt:

01/31/1996

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

DELAWARE

Assignee:

SNAP-ON TOOLS WORLDWIDE, INC.

ONE SUN PARKWAY

CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS 60014

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

ILLINOIS

Correspondent:

RUDNICK & WOLFE

KEITH W. MEDANSKY

203 NORTH LASALLE STREET

SUITE 1800

CHICAGO, IL 60601

Assignment: 10

Reel/Frame:

1478/0992 Recorded: 07/01/1996 Pages: 5

Conveyance:

ASSIGNS THE ENTIRE INTEREST

Assignor:

SNAP-ON TOOLS WORLDWIDE, INC.

Exec Dt:

02/07/1996

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

ILLINOIS

Assignee:

SNAP-ON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

ONE SUN PARKWAY

CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS 60014

Entity Type:

CORPORATION

Citizenship:

ILLINOIS

Correspondent:

RUDNICK & WOLFE

KEITH W. MEDANSKY

203 NORTH LASALLE STREET

SUITE 1800

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60601