Syracuse Wrench Company

​Syracuse Wrench Co. (Syracuse, NY) ​- NY State records show "organization tax" being paid for Syracuse Wrench Co. in 1908, which we can assume is the founding year.

The 10/28/1908 edition of The Horseless Age reports that the Syracuse Wrench Company has signed a deal with M. C. Viau to produce is chain pipe wrench design.

The 2/17/1910 edition of The Post Standard (Syracuse) contains an article reporting that Levi Silverman and Levi Elsohn sold their wrench patent to Syracuse Wrench Co. and were supposed to receive royalties on the sales.  This article notes a lawsuit by the two for non-payment of royalties.  We have not been able to locate a patent for either of these gentleman.  Mr. Silverman won the lawsuit.

Moses C. Viau Patent #850,696 - Pipe Wrench

Jacob J. Albrecht Patent #873,997 - Ratchet Wrench

The obituary of Robert Almy Cory notes he was VP of this company for a time.

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

  • Champion (Wrenches, Ratchets) (Garage Kit)
  • "E-Z" Ratchet
  • Yala (Socket Wrenches)
  • Viau's (Pipe Wrenches)
  • Empire (Ratchet Drills)
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Yala Socket Wrench Set from 1908 Automobile Trade Directory.

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Champion Socket Wrench Set from a 1910 edition of the Automobile Trade Directory

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