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Manufacturer Profile – Craftsman

July 19th, 2010

Craftsman was originally introduced in 1927 as the tool brand of the Sears and Roebuck.  Since then the line has continually grown, and now makes tools, lawn and garden products.  They produce both hand tools and power tools.  Originally sold exclusively at Sears stores and catalogs, they are now available at a number of different outlets including Kmart, Fastenal and Ace Hardware.

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Manufacture Profile – Makita

June 15th, 2010

Today we kick off a  new series looking at who’s behind the tools you buy.  First up is Makita.

Makita is a Japanese company founded in 1918.  Long known for its bright turquoise tools, it held a dominating position in the power tool market with a greater than 50% market share in the early 90’s.  Since then they’ve slipped a bit primarily under the onslaught of B&D’s Dewalt brand. They are headquartered in Anjō, Japan, and have factories in Japan, USA (Georgia), UK, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Romania.  They are a publicly owned company traded on the Tokyo and Nasdaq stock exchanges.

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