Utica Drop Forge & Tool Co.


Utica was formed in 1895, probably September.  The following three articles announce the formation of the company, the officers, the purchase of right to patented pliers, etc.

Early tools (Pre-1911 - triple diamond trademark) should be marked (based on advertisements from that period) with "UDF&T" or "Utica Drop Forge & Tool Company."

UDF was founded to manufacture a complete line of nippers and pliers.  The purchased their tools and machinery from the Interchangeable Tool Company formerly of Boonton, NJ.

Officers at founding (Iron Age - April link above) were:

  • William Pierrepont White - President (Director of Second National Bank of Utica)
  • Charles A Miller - VP (attorney and counselor for the Savings Bank of Utica)
  • Hugh White - Secretary & Treasurer
  • John P. Campbell - (Superintendent of the NY Mills Company)
  • Frederick S. Kellogg - (VP of C. C. Kellogg & Sons Co.)
  • Fred C. McClary - Superintendent / Director
  • H. Lawrance Wright - Assistant Superintendent / Director

Interestingly, the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper of Rochester, NY reported the new company on December 6, 1895 with the following principals:

  • William M. White
  • C. C. Kellogg
  • T. R. Proctor
  • H. L. White
  • John P. Campbell

On 25 June, 1907, the Wilkes-Barre Times reported an extensive fire at the UDF factory causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.  Most other newspapers reported the loss at $200,000.

14 August 1909 - James S. Sherman is VP

In 1936, the company reorganized as the Utica Drop Forge & Tool Corporation and added wrenches to their prolific line of pliers.

1939 - Frank P. Tenney is VP

March 1955, Willis V. Daugherty is President of UDF

June/July 1956 - Kelsey-Hayes Wheel purchases the majority stock of Utica Drop Forge.  On 1 August of 1956, Kelsey-Hayes announces the completion of the acquisition.

February 1962 - Kelsey-Hayes moves UDF operations to Orangeburg, SC

March 1963 - Kelsey-Hayes splits off it's tool division and renames it to "Utica Drop Forge & Herbrand Tool Division."

Utica Drop Forge & Tool Co. (Utica, NY)

Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

Contract Production for

  • Plomb Tool (Adjustables)
  • Montgomery Ward - Master Quality (Pliers)
  • Montgomery Ward - Lakeside (Pliers)