Ames True Temper

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Ames True Temper, Inc
IndustryLandscaping tools
  • American Fork and Hoe Co.
  • Ames, Baldwin, Wyoming Co.
  • Ames Shovel and Tool Co.
  • Baldwin Tool Works
  • Hubbard & Co
  • O. Ames Company
  • The Old Stone Forge
  • Pittsburgh Shovel Co.
  • True Temper Co.
  • Wyoming Shovel Works
Founded1774 (1774)
FounderCaptain John Ames
Area served
ParentGriffon Corporation
Footnotes / references

Ames True Temper is a multinational corporation headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation.[4] Ames True Temper specializes in the manufacture of non-powered lawn and garden products.[1] Their manufacturing plant is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and produces 85% of the wheelbarrows in the United States and Canada producing 1.7 million wheelbarrows each year. The Harrisburg plant has been in continual operation since 1876.[5]



Blacksmith and pioneer Captain John Ames began making metal shovels in America in 1774.[6] Ames underwent a merger in 1931 including Baldwin Tool Works of Parkersburg, West Virginia, the Ames Shovel and Tool Company of North Easton, Massachusetts; the Wyoming Shovel Works of Wyoming, Pennsylvania; Hubbard & Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the Pittsburgh Shovel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The result of the merger was called the Ames Shovel and Tool Company. The company was renamed the Ames, Baldwin, Wyoming Company in 1933. In 1952, it became known as the O. Ames Company.[3]

The Old Stone Forge of Wallingford, Vermont, founded in 1808, became the American Fork and Hoe Co. In 1949, the name was changed to True Temper. Ames purchased True Temper from the Huffy Corporation in 1999 to become Ames True Temper.[3]

Problems and controversies[edit]

Ames True Temper Company closed its facility in West Virginia in September 2005, unable to reach a contract agreement with the United Steelworkers Union.[3]


Ames True Temper currently owns the following brands:[4][7]

  • Ames
  • True Temper
  • Razor-Back
  • Jackson
  • Union Tools
  • Dynamic Design
  • Garant
  • Hound Dog
  • Westmix
  • Southern Patio
  • Harper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ames True Temper, Inc.: Private Company Information". Businessweek. Bloomberg. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "About Us". Ames True Temper.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ames True Temper Collection". Stonehill College. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Griffon Corpopration -- Ames True Temper". Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Vendel, Christine. "Where are 85 percent of the country's wheelbarrows made?". PennLive. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ames - Our History". Ames True Temper. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Our Brands". Ames True Temper. Retrieved July 6, 2012.

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