Easco Hand Tools

Easco Hand Tools was an American manufacturer of hand tools. It is best known for being the main supplier of mechanic's tools for the Craftsman brand. Its tools were also sold under the Allen and KD Tools brands after its acquisition by Danaher Corporation. The brand name was gradually phased out by Danaher.

Easco Hand Tools
Privately owned
FateAcquired by Danaher Corporation
HeadquartersHunt Valley, Maryland
ProductsHand tools


The company began as Moore Drop Forging Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1900[1] or 1901.[2] In 1938 Moore became a vendor for Sears Roebuck.[1] In 1967, Moore Drop Forging was acquired by Eastern Stainless Steel Corporation, a manufacturer of stainless and specialty steel. Easco continued the Craftsman contract with Sears. By 1969, the parent company was known as Easco Corporation.[1]

In 1985, Easco Corporation was acquired via a hostile takeover by Equity Group Holdings, controlled by the investment brothers Steven Rales and Mitchell Rales and taken private. The hand tools division of the company was taken public, and the other divisions were sold to an investment group including Citicorp Venture Capital.[3] In 1990, the hand tool company was acquired by the brothers' Danaher Corporation.[4] This acquisition made the tools division the largest part of Danaher.[5] In 1991, Sears selected Danaher to be the exclusive supplier of Craftsman mechanic's tools.[6]

In 2010, Danaher merged its tools division with Cooper Tools to form Apex Tool Group. The same year, Apex closed the Gastonia, North Carolina plant where Easco manufactured sockets since 1978.[7]


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  3. Sweeney, Paul (1988-10-15). "Brothers Come of Age With New Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  4. "COMPANY NEWS; Danaher Acquires Easco Hand Tools". The New York Times. 1990-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  5. "Danaher Corporation". Hoover's. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  6. Martin, Ellen James (1991-06-18). "Sears to buy more tools from Danaher". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  7. Robinson, Ragan (2013-01-10). "Gaston plant closing, 220 to lose jobs". The Gaston Gazette. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
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