|Subsidiary of Ideal Industries|
|Founded||1965 in Defiance, Ohio|
|Founder||C. William Schlosser|
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
Western Forge is an American manufacturing company. The company manufactures hand tools to be sold under other brands, including private-label brands such as Craftsman and Husky. It is a subsidiary of Ideal Industries.
Western Forge was founded in Defiance, Ohio in 1965 as a joint venture between Sears and C. William Schlosser to make torque wrenches. In 1966, it relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it built a new manufacturing facility. In the next few years, the company began producing screwdrivers, punches, chisels, adjustable wrenches, and pliers.
In 1978 Western Forge applied for, and received its USA trademark. They then produced, and test marketed a line of hand tools branded with their own name, ie. "Western Forge". Amoung these tools were a socket and ratchet set that they sold in Colorado Springs CO., and also Denver Co. Very few of these tools have turned up, indicating full production never took place.
In the late 1990s, Western Forge moved its screwdriver production to a plant in Murphy, North Carolina. In April 2006, it closed the plant and consolidated its operations in Colorado Springs, citing declining sales. The company received $200,000 in cash incentives from the City of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation to stay in Colorado Springs. Sears Craftsman products (and others) that are produced by Western Forge are marked with a "WF" on them.
Husky Pro screwdrivers.
Craftsman Professional pliers.
Craftsman beam torque wrench.
Craftsman bottle opener.
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