Black+Decker

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Black+Decker
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryPower tools, home improvement products, hardware, fastening technology
FoundedSeptember 1910; 111 years ago (1910-09) (as "The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company") in Baltimore, Maryland, (U.S.A.)
FounderS. Duncan Black (1883-1951)
Alonzo G. Decker (1884-1956)
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
Nolan D. Archibald ceo
ProductsPower tools
Revenue$11.41 billion (FY2016)[1]
$965.3 million (FY2016)[1]
Number of employees
27,000
ParentStanley Black & Decker
WebsiteConsumer website
A Black and Decker cordless drill

Black+Decker Inc. is an American manufacturer of power tools, accessories, hardware, home improvement products, home appliances and fastening systems headquartered in Towson, Maryland, north of Baltimore, where the company was originally established in 1910. On March 12, 2010, Black & Decker merged with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker.[2][3] It remains as a wholly owned subsidiary of that company.

Although the company is known for what it makes, it was highlighted in CFO magazine for a decade of "a fair-sized monetary return from" employee training.[4]

History[edit]

1920 ad for the drills

1910-1974[edit]

  • 1910 – "The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company" was founded by S. Duncan Black (1883–1951) and Alonzo G. Decker (1884–1956), as a small machine shop in Baltimore in September. Decker, who had only a seventh grade education, had met Black in 1906, when they were both 23-year-old workers at the Rowland Telegraph Company. With only $1,200 between them, one of their first jobs was designing machinery for making milk bottle caps and candy dipping.[5]
  • 1912 – The Black and Decker "Hexagon" logo symbol was introduced, symbolizing the head of a hexagonal bolt found in machine shops. It was used in one form or another from 1912 to 2014.[6]
  • 1917 – Black & Decker invented and patented the hand-held electric drill with a pistol grip and trigger switch.[2][7]
    • –– For many decades the director of design was Glenn Calvin Wilhide, a friend of Walter Gropius and other industrial designers of the day. Wilhide filed many US patents for Black & Decker.
  • 1917 – The first factory was opened in Towson, Maryland.
  • 1919 – Company reaches $1,000,000 in sales.
  • 1928 – Acquired Van Dorn Electric Tool Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1936 – Common stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1941 August – Wilhide's patent for a portable power driven tool unit granted.[8]
  • 1943 – Received the Army-Navy "E" Award for production, one of four World War II (1939/1941-1945) citations awarded to the company.
  • 1949 – First Black & Decker U.S. trademark awarded.
  • 1951 – Alonzo G. Decker, Sr. becomes president
  • 1960 – Acquired DeWalt from American Machine and Foundry.

1975-2008[edit]

2009-present[edit]

  • 2010 – Black & Decker merges with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker.[12]
  • 2014 – Rebranded from Black & Decker to Black+Decker[13]
  • 2017 – Stanley Black & Decker purchases Craftsman from Sears (Sears, Roebuck & Company).[14]
  • 2017 – Stovekraft entered a licensing agreement with Black+Decker to sell the latter's products in the Indian market.[15][16]

Portfolio[edit]

Recent[edit]

As of 2017 Q4, Stanley Black & Decker's brand portfolio included:[17]

  • STANLEY (formerly known as The Stanley Works, started as Stanley's Bolt Manufactory, founded by Frederick Trent Stanley in 1843, and merging with the Stanley Rule and Level Company founded by Henry Stanley)

Retired[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Black & Decker annual income sheet via Wikinvest
  2. ^ a b Michael J. de la Merced; Zachery Kouwe (November 2, 2009). "Stanley and Black & Decker in a Merger Deal: Toolmaker Deal Ends a 28-Year Courtship". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Stanley and Black & Decker Complete Merger" (Press release). Stanley Black & Decker. March 12, 2010. Archived from the original on April 15, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  4. ^ David McCann (April 2013). "A Lesson in Profits: Stanley Black & Decker". CFO. pp. 28–29.
  5. ^ Somerville, Sean (January 5, 1997). "Alonzo G. Decker: He's still a company man Founder's son: Alonzo G. Decker Jr., son of one of the founders of Black & Decker, helped spark the do-it-yourself movement. As he approaches his 89th birthday, he maintains his connection to the family business". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Black & Decker 100-year anniversary site". blackanddecker100years.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  7. ^ [1], "Electrically-driven tool.", issued 1914-12-04 
  8. ^ [2], "Design for a portable power driven tool unit", issued 1940-09-28 
  9. ^ "Emhart Corporation Records". archives.lib.uconn.edu.
  10. ^ Murray, Shanon D. "Black & Decker selling division Windmere buying household products unit for $315 million". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  11. ^ Kelly, Jaques; Frederick N Rasmussen (March 23, 2002). "Alonzo G. Decker Jr., 94; Engineer, Power Tool Innovator". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Stanley And Black & Decker Complete Merger". The Street. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  13. ^ "Black & Decker becomes Black+Decker". January 14, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Sears sells iconic Craftsman brand for $900 million". Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  15. ^ Bhushan, Ratna. "Black & Decker inks licensing deal with Stovekraft". The Economic Times. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  16. ^ Mukherjee, Writankar. "Stovekraft expand into premium small appliances with Black + Decker". The Economic Times. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  17. ^ "Our Brands". stanleyblackanddecker.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Weiser Lock - Keyless Entry - Door Hardware - Smart Locks". ca.weiserlock.com.

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