Lufkin (brand)

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For the manufacturer of heavy equipment in Lufkin, Texas, see Lufkin Industries.
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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