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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 is now headquartered with its parent company ACCO in Lincolnshire, Illinois.


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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] Today, Swingline is a division of the ACCO Brands Corporation and all present production is located in China.

A Swingline stapler was prominently featured in the 1999 comedy movie Office Space.[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 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. 

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