Bonney Forge Corporation

Bonney Forge was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876[1] by Charles S. Bonney. Originally Bonney Forge crafted forged and finished hardware for horse-drawn wagons, later it became a manufacturer of automotive hand tools, and now it is a manufacturer of fittings and unions, branch connections, steel valves and specialty products.[2]

Bonney Forge
Founded1876 [1] as Bonney Vise & Tool Works; Name changed to Bonney Forge & Tool Works in 1921.
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania,;[1] and Allentown, Pennsylvania (former); Mount Union, Pennsylvania, (current)
Key people
Charles S. Bonney (founder); John Leone current CEO
ProductsHand tools (formerly); fittings and valve markets, (currently)

In 1953 Bonney Forge was taken over by the Miller Manufacturing Company of Detroit, Michigan.[3] In 1964 the firm was sold to Kelsey-Hayes Corp. of Romulus, Michigan.[4]

The company was for many years based in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[1] where it had some of its manufacturing operations.[1] Bonney Forge also had manufacturing operations in Alliance, Ohio,[4] Orangeburg, South Carolina[4][5] and near Milan, Italy.[1][6]

Plant closures

In March 1964 Bonney Forge[4] closed its manufacturing plant in Alliance, after if moved manufacturing operations from there to the Kelsey-Hayes Corp. plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina.[4] In August 2001 Bonney Forge closed its manufacturing plant in Allentown because the plant building could not be modernized to handle a new press.[1]


Bonney Forge valves are broadly distributed internationally, prominently through HSP Valves in the UK, The Alloy Valve Stockist in Spain, and AIV in the US.

See also


  1. Shope, Dan (Aug 30, 2001), Bonney Forge closes plant; Allentown building can't handle a new press; 20 jobs are lost., Allentown, Pennsylvania: Allentown Morning Call, p. A. 18
  3. BONNEY DEAL ARRANGED; Negotiations for Stock Transfer to Miller Co. Completed., New York, New York: New York Times, Mar 24, 1953
  4. 200 Jobs lost at Alliance, Youngstown, Ohio: Youngstown Vindicator, Mar 24, 1964
  5. Bonney's 1967 Tool Catalog on the Internet Archive
  6. IN THE REGION, Allentown, Pennsylvania: Allentown Morning Call, May 3, 1985, p. B. 10
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