Kobalt (tools)

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Kobalt
Kobalt Tools logo.png
Product type Hand tools
Owner Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Country USA
Introduced 1998
Website www.kobalttools.com

Kobalt is a line of hand tools, power tools, and tool storage products owned by the American home improvement chain Lowe's. It is the house brand for both Lowe's in North America and their joint venture Masters Home Improvement in Australia.

History[edit]

Lowe's and manufacturing partner J.H. Williams launched Kobalt in 1998,[1] with the intention of competing against rival retailers Sears and The Home Depot and their respective Craftsman and Husky tool brands.[2]

In 2003, the Danaher Corporation began producing the majority of Kobalt hand tools.[3][4]

In 2011, Lowe's ended its arrangement with Danaher and switched to a different supplier for its mechanic's hand tools,[5] JS Products of Las Vegas, Nevada.[6] Screwdrivers continue to be supplied by Great Neck.[7] The same year, the Kobalt line expanded to include cordless power tools, [8] manufactured by Chervon.[9]

Budget brands[edit]

Blue Hawk logo.

Lowe's has two brands of tools and supplies positioned below Kobalt in quality and cost: Task Force and the more recent Blue Hawk, introduced in 2009.[10]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lowe's Announces Joint Venture with Snap-on's J.H. Williams Division.". PR Newswire. 1998-11-05. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ Groeller, Greg (2010-11-17). "Columbus, Ga., Firm Supplies New Line of Tools for Lowe's Home Centers.". Tribune Business News. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ Blair, John T. (2003-02-10). "Who Makes What Tools". SOL's Morgan Web. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ Knight, Jerry (2006-01-30). "Danaher Thrives on Discipline". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2011-08-10). "New Kobalt Tools at Lowes (Imports)". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  6. ^ Tafoya, Dan; Rodriguez, Tom (Spring 2012). "JS Products Inc. is a true American success story". Comunicación (Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce): 15. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  7. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2014-05-08). "New Kobalt Screwdrivers are Made in the USA". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2011-08-27). "“New” Kobalt 20V Cordless Power Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2013-06-23). "Lowes’ Kobalt Cordless Power Tools – 18V NiCad & Lithium-Ion". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  10. ^ Durham, Christopher (2013-08-01). "Fifty2, The MPB Project: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Blue Hawk". My Private Brand. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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