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FounderThomas Briggs
HeadquartersEast Greenwich, Rhode Island
ProductsFastening tools
ParentStanley Black & Decker

Stanley Bostitch, previously and more commonly known as simply Bostitch, is an American company that specializes in the design and manufacture of fastening tools — such as staplers, staple guns, nailers, riveters, and glue guns — and fasteners — such as nails, screws, and staples. Its product range covers home, office, like the pencil sharpener, construction and industrial uses, like the power tool.[1]

The company developed a number of improvements to what would become the modern desk stapler. It is a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker. In August 2013, Stanley Black & Decker began selling tradesman's power tools and mechanic's hand tools and pneumatic tools under the Bostitch brand at Wal-Mart stores and online distributors.[2][3]


Bostitch was founded in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1896 by Thomas Briggs as the Boston Wire Stitcher Company. Briggs had invented a machine that stitched books from a coil of wire. The company began manufacturing various other kinds of staplers for industrial use.[4]

It largely focused on commercial stitching machines. However, in 1914, the company introduced its first "portable stapling machine," the Model AO,[5] considered an ancestor of the modern desk stapler.[6] In 1924, the company introduced the first stapler to use modern style cohered strip staples, the Bostitch No. 1.[7]

This was a revolutionary design because it was inexpensive and reliable.[8] During World War II, the company joined five other firms to form the New England Small Arms Corporation for manufacture of M1918 Browning Automatic Rifles.[9] In 1948, the company officially changed its name to BOSTITCH, a portmanteau of "Boston" and "stitch."

In 1957, the company moved to its current location in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. In 1966, Textron purchased the company,[10] and in January 1986, Stanley Works acquired the company from Textron.[11]


In the German part of Switzerland, Bostitch became a commonly used deonym (pendant to eponym).[12] The verb "bostitchen" is a synonym for staple and is even used in official documents.[13]


  1. ^ Stanley Bostitch. "About Bostitch". Archived from the original on 2003-07-01. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2013-08-22). "Coming Soon: Bostitch Power Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  3. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2013-08-28). "Coming Soon: Bostitch Mechanics & Automotive Air Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ Stanley Bostitch. "History". Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  5. ^ US 1119093 
  6. ^ Wohleber, Curt (Summer 2002). "The Stapler". American Heritage. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ US 1506073 , BOSTITCH® Company History
  8. ^ "Bostitch Staplers". The Antique Stapler Collector's Web Site. Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  9. ^ Canfield, Bruce N. American Rifleman (March 2008) pp.35-36
  10. ^ Brogan, Jan (1985-08-30). "Textron plans to sell Bostitch, 2 other units in debt-cutting move". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  11. ^ "Textron has agreed to sell its Bostitch division". Los Angeles Times. 1986-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  12. ^ Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen : die Standardsprache in Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland sowie in Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Ostbelgien und Südtirol. Ammon, Ulrich., Kyvelos, Rhea., Nyffenegger, Regula. Berlin: W. de Gruyter. 2004. ISBN 3110165759. OCLC 57333412.
  13. ^ "AHV-Beitragspflicht: Fragebogen für Selbständigerwerbende und Personengesellschaften" (PDF). SVA Zürich. SVA Zürich. 2018-07-29.

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