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Subsidiary of ACCO Brands
Founded 1925 (New York City)
Headquarters Lincolnshire, Illinois

Swingline is a division of ACCO Brands Corporation that specializes in manufacturing staplers and hole punches. The company was formerly located in Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States, but the plant was moved to Nogales, Mexico in 1999.


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The Swingline 747 Rio Red

Swingline was founded in 1925 in New York City by Jack Linsky.[1] At that time, it was known as the Parrot Speed Fastener Company and opened its first manufacturing facility in Long Island City in 1931.[1] Eight years later the company changed its name to Speed Products and created the first top-opening stapler, allowing easy refilling of a full strip of staples.[2] This design eventually became the industry standard. In 1956 the company was renamed Swingline and was sold to American Brands in 1970, becoming a division of ACCO, under Fortune Brands, in 1987.[3]

In 1999 Acco closed Swingline's Long Island City plant, which it had occupied for fifty years, and moved production to Nogales, Mexico . About 450 workers lost their jobs. At the time it was the largest single job loss in the city caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement. When the closing was announced in 1997, Acco was criticized by New York's mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said the city could do without a company that did not want to pay workers an adequare wage.[4]

A custom-painted red Swingline stapler was prominently featured in the 1999 comedy movie Office Space.[2] Swingline later introduced an official red model, in response to an increased demand from fans of the film.[2]


  1. ^ a b Korkki, Phyllis (2013-03-23). "The Attachment That Still Makes Noise". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Fowler, Geoffrey A. (2002-07-02). "Cult Film, 1999's 'Office Space,' Transforms Swingline Stapler". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  3. ^ Korkki, Phyllis (23 March 2013). "The Attachment That Still Makes Noise". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Toy, Vivian S. (17 January 1999). "The End of the Line; As the Swingline Factory in Queens Closes, Veteran Workers Wonder What's Next for Them". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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