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About Black & Decker

Black and Decker design products for every part of your home so that you can spend more time enjoying your space, inside and out.

Headquartered in the USA, Stanley Black & Decker provides the tools and innovative solutions you can trust to get your job done. The company is well known for the tools it makes which make them a household name and Jobsite essential.

At the end of the day, what the company really build is trust. The trust of our customers, our employees, and our stakeholders. No matter what happens, Black & Decker is committed to being a part of building a better world.

Company Perspective

Black and Decker is the world’s largest producer of portable electric tools, residential security hardware, and electric lawn and garden tools for every household. The company is the largest supplier of power tools accessories and specialized, engineered fastening and assembly systems in the markets. Black and Decker's household products business is the leader in North America and a major global competitor in the small electric appliances and premium portable lighting industries. The plumbing products business of the company is the third-largest faucet manufacturer in North America and the worldwide leader in golf club shafts and glass container-forming and inspection equipment.

History of the Black & Decker

Alonzo G. Decker and S. Duncan Black, two industrial tool designers, and engineers started The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company in September 1910. With $600 from the sale of a second-hand car and a loan of $1200, they set up a machine shop in a rented warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland. Black was the founding president of the company. In the first years, the partners contracted to manufacture industrial products invented and sold by others, such as milk bottle caps, a cotton picker, and machinery for the U.S. Mint.

In the year 1916, Black & Decker began to design and manufacture their own electric-powered tools. The German-made electric tools then were heavy and difficult to operate. Black & Decker designed a universal motor- the first for electric tool use- which employed either alternating current or direct current. The first tool made incorporating these elements was a 1/2 inch portable drill with the innovative pistol grip and trigger switch that have remained a standard for electric drills ever since.