J.H. Williams Tool Group

Snap-on Industrial Brands, historically the J.H. Williams Tool Group, is a division of American hand tool manufacturer Snap-on that makes and distributes tools to industrial markets. In addition to the Williams brand from which it originated, the group includes Bahco and CDI Torque Products.[1]

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In 1882, James Harvey Williams and Matthew Diamond founded Williams & Diamond in Flushing, Queens, a drop forging business.[2] The business was relocated to Brooklyn in 1884 and took the name J.H. Williams & Co in 1887. The company was one of the first to offer mass-produced drop-forged hand tools. [3] A second factory was opened in Buffalo, New York in 1914 (now the site of General Motors' Tonawanda Engine plant[4]).

The company was acquired by Snap-on in 1993,[5] and it was officially renamed Snap-on Industrial Brands in 2011.[6]


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  2. "Death of James H. Williams". The Iron Age. New York, New York: Chilton Company. 74: 57. 1904-12-08. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. "Consolidation of Drop Forging Plants". Pacific Marine Review. San Francisco, California: J.S. Hines. 17: 136. September 1920. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  4. The Buffalo History Works (2006). "Farrel-Birmingham and the Rapid Reversal Engine". Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  5. "A Tool Industry Timeline". Alloy Artifacts. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  6. "Snap-on Industrial Brands, Formerly J.H. Williams Tool Group, Debuts Expanded Offering at ISA Show in Chicago" (Press release). Kenosha, Wisconsin: Snap-on Industrial Brands. PR Newswire. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
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