Lufkin is a premier measuring products brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Tough Lufkin® tapes and rules have been providing precise measurements for professionals and do-it-yourselfers for over 100 years. Today, tough "Hi-Viz Orange" Lufkin retractable tapes are recognized the world over. Whatever the measuring job, those who know measuring reach for Lufkin.
Lufkin Time Line
1869 - E.T. Lufkin establishes the E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company in Cleveland, Ohio.
1877 - Saginaw, Michigan is the nation's center of the logging industry, as it slowly moves west across the country. In that year, over one billion board feet of lumber is cut and floated along the 26-mile Saginaw River.
1883 - Four executives from Morley Brothers Company, a Saginaw measuring rule distributor and supplier, purchase a 50% stake in Lufkin's manufacturing company.
1885 - Lufkin sells his remaining interest in the firm to the four new owners.
1885 - E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company is renamed the Lufkin Rule Company.
1890 - Lufkin Rule Company introduces the first steel measuring tape to be produced in the United States.
1892 - Lufkin Rule Company relocates from Cleveland to Saginaw, constructing a new factory on 23 acres of land provided by the city.
1907 - A plant is opened in Windsor, Ontario, making Lufkin Canada's first complete tape and rule manufacturer.
1915 - Lufkin purchases a plant in Eastern Europe to produce zigzag folding wooden rules.
1917 - Lufkin sells the Eastern European plant, but brings the folding wooden rule manufacturing process to the United States. The folding "spring joint rule" becomes one of the company's best selling products.
1919 - A new division is added to manufacture precision measuring instruments such as micrometers, combination squares, precision scales, radius gauges, and related products.
1929-1939 - Lufkin survives The Great Depression.
1939-1945 - Lufkin plants go on a two-shift work schedule to meet wartime orders.
1948 - Canadian manufacturing operations moved from Windsor to a new, larger facility in Barrie, Ontario.
1950's - Lufkin sales double as the company expands into several new areas of operation. Lufkin purchases Master Rule Company, gaining a method of printing tape measurements more efficiently, and Anson Stick Company, enabling it to prepare hard maple lath for folding wood rules near its source in Maine. A manufacturing and sales outlet for Lufkin products is established in Mexico City and a dial indicator business, Lufkin Caribe, is started in Puerto Rico.
Early 1960's - Lufkin acquires half of Tigrett Industries of Jackson, Tennessee, a maker of measuring product advertising specialties. Lufkin eventually buys the remaining half, and Lufkin Specialties, Inc., becomes a wholly owned subsidiary.
1963 - Lufkin Rule Company of Canada begins exporting to foreign markets. Product components are shipped from Barrie to a plant in Australia, where they are assembled and marketed.
1967 - A new, primary manufacturing facility is opened in Apex, North Carolina.
1967 - Lufkin is acquired by Cooper Industries, Inc., and becomes the first core brand in Cooper's innovative "tool basket" business model.
1970 - Cooper's tool manufacturing operation, now comprised of the Lufkin, Crescent, and Weller brands, is renamed The Cooper Group. In subsequent years, the division is renamed Cooper Hand Tools, and then, when it is merged with the Cooper Power Tools division, simply Cooper Tools.
2010 - Lufkin becomes a brand of Apex Tool Group, a joint venture combining two premier tool manufacturers: Cooper Tools and Danaher Tool Group