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07-17-2018, 01:30 PM
Did Stanley buy out Proto tools? I was looking for a thin 11/16 open end wrench, found one that's advertised as a Stanley-Proto. Haven't bought many tools as of late and was wondering if Proto had merged. Wonder if their now made across the Pacific? Hopefully not. PJ :tongue:

07-17-2018, 02:02 PM
Yes, Proto was assimilated by the Borg, er... I mean Stanley-Black & Decker.

Proto has a sub-brand called Blackhawk. As far as I can tell, Proto is still primarily US manufactured while Blackhawk is mostly made in Taiwan.

From Proto Industrial Tool's website:

We make tools in America; Not because itís cheaper and not because itís convenient. We donít even do it out of a sense of pride (although we are proud of the U.S.A.). We make tools in America, because put simply...itís how we can ensure making the best quality tool we can. And in the rare instance when we canít make a tool in America, we do so because... again, making the highest quality tools comes first. "

I've found that the customer service hotline reps at companies can usually tell you if a specific tool you're looking at is US made.

07-17-2018, 02:10 PM
To Stanley Black & Decker's credit, now that Sears is in its final death throws and we're starting to see more Craftsman tools at other retailers, I've notice that some Craftsman products (primarily tool boxes) are displaying prominent MADE IN USA labeling.

On a related note, one of our local PBS stations recently aired the documentary The Toolbox of America (https://cptv.org/the-toolbox-of-america/). It's worth a watch. As the saying goes, check local listings.

Or, you could just watch it here.