Lufkin (brand)

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Early Lufkin logo.svg
Early Lufkin logo
Product type Tape measure
Owner Apex Tool Group (2010)
Country United States
Introduced 1869
Previous owners Cooper Industries (1967)

Lufkin is a brand featuring primarily measurement tools such as calipers, gauges, micrometers, and measuring tapes. Lufkin is a brand of Apex Tool Group.


The company was founded by Edward Taylor Lufkin, an American Civil War veteran of the Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry[1] in Cleveland, Ohio 1869[2] and was originally named E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company. Its Canada-based plant was in Barrie, Ontario.

The company was acquired in 1967 by Cooper Industries.[3]


Throughout its history Lufkin patented a variety of devices and manufacturing processes.

  • US 149321, Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Improvement in Board Measures", issued April 7, 1874 
  • US 272279, Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Headed Lumber Rule", issued February 13, 1883 
  • US 272892, Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Machine for forming and dressing lumber-rules", issued February 27, 1883 



  1. ^ "History of Lorain County, Ohio, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers". Philadelphia: Williams Brothers. 1879: 96. OCLC 54440022. 
  2. ^ "(advertisement)". Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. 171 (3): 221. September 1957. ISSN 0161-7370. 
  3. ^ Hoover's Handbook of American Business (5th ed.). Austin, Texas: Hoover's Business Press. 1995. p. 394. ISBN 978-1-878753-65-6. 

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