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Are Stanley Black & Decker Tools Made in the USA?

Stanley Black & Decker is a staple in the American tools industry. It is the public parent company of several tool brands that you’ll find at your local hardware store, including the likes of Stanley (obviously), Black & Decker (again), DeWalt, Craftsman, Proto, Irwin, Bostitch,…the list goes on. Stanley Black & Decker got started all the way back in 1843 when they were called The Stanley Works, founded by Frederick Stanley. Acquisition of other tool brands has been a big part of their growth strategy since then, starting with their first acquisition of a company called J.A. Chapman in 1937. Currently, they are headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut and have over 60,000 employees. With all that growth and adding more tool brands into their portfolio, are any of their tools made in the USA anymore? We did the research to find out. Our verdict is below.

Verdict: Are Stanley Black & Decker Tools Made in the USA?

No, most Stanley Black & Decker tools are no longer made in the USA. They claim to produce close to 40% of their products in the U.S., but the large majority of those are made with materials from overseas.

This isn’t all too surprising to us, given that many of the brands they have acquired over the years like Craftsman and DeWalt suffered the same fate from the research we’ve done.

In total, Stanley Black & Decker has 62 facilities in the United States – 49 manufacturing plants, 4 distribution centers, and 9 corporate offices. They employ roughly 17,300 people across all of those facilities, or 28.8% of their total workforce according to our estimates. Below is the breakdown by state. Again, any manufacturing plants are using materials from China and other countries to produce their tools.

  • Alabama (105 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Decatur producing Stanley Engineered Fastening
  • California (1,230 employees)
    • 3 manufacturing plants in Fullerton, Corona, and Brea focused on aerospace
    • 1 distribution center in Fontana
  • Connecticut (1,855 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Manchester focused on aerospace
    • 2 manufacturing plants in Hartford and Southington producing tools and storage products
    • 1 manufacturing plant in New Britain producing DeWalt tools and Stanley Industrial products
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Farmington focused on Stanley Security
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Danbury producing HeliCoil
    • 1 corporate office in New Britain
  • Florida (315 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Miramar focused on Stanley Security
  • Georgia (415 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing facility in Marietta producing CribMaster
    • 1 corporate office in Atlanta
  • Indiana (830 employees)
    • 1 distribution center in Montpelier
    • 1 security branch in Mount Comfort
    • 1 corporate office in Fishers
  • Iowa (665 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Delhi producing Paladin and Stanley Infrastructure
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Decorah producing Pop Avdel
  • Kentucky (330 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Hopkinsville producing Pop Avdel
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Shelbyville producing DeWalt tools
  • Maryland (2,085 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Hampstead producing Black & Decker tools
    • 2 corporate offices in White Marsh and Towson
  • Massachusetts (970 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in East Longmeadow producing Lenox blades and bits
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Holliston producing Lista and Vidmar tool boxes
    • 1 security branch in Boston
  • Michigan (665 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Dexter producing Paladin tools and Stanley Infrastructure
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Chesterfield producing Pop Avdel
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Troy producing Spiralock
  • Minnesota (405 employees)
    • 2 manufacturing plants in Plymouth and Two Harbors focused on security, LaBounty, and Stanley Industrial products
  • Missouri (750 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing facility in Sedalia producing Craftsman tools
  • Nebraska (160 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Lincoln focused on healthcare products
  • New Jersey (140 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Kenilworth focused on Stanley Engineered Fastening products
  • New York (230 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Brewster focused on Powers and DeWalt
  • North Carolina (975 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Huntersville focused on industrial products
    • 2 distribution centers in Charlotte and Kannapolis
  • Ohio (1,185 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Lakewood producing Stanley Engineered Fastening products
    • 5 other manufacturing plants in Berea, Highland Heights, Elyria, Columbus, and Akron
    • 1 corporate office in Westerville
  • Oklahoma (350 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Tulsa producing CRC-Evans pipeline welding systems
  • Oregon (190 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Milwaukie producing LaBounty products and other hydraulic shears
  • Pennsylvania (415 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Allentown producing Vidmar and Lista products
  • South Carolina (550 employees)
    • 2 manufacturing plants in Cheraw and Fort Mill producing DeWalt power tools, saws, tape measures, and tool boxes
  • Tennessee (1,060 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Ooltewah producing Paladin and Stanley Infrastructure products
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Jackson producing Porter Cable, Bostitch, Dewalt, MAC Tools, and Irwin Tools products
  • Texas (1,045 employees)
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Farmers Branch producing MAC Tools and Proto tools
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Mission producing DeWalt tools
    • 1 manufacturing plant in Houston producing CRC-Evans products
    • 1 distribution center in Northlake

On any products that say “Made in USA”, make sure to read the label carefully. Both the Stanley and Black & Decker product lines (as well as DeWalt and others) are notorious for highlighting that language, but using the qualifier “with global materials” in tiny font, like below.

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