Xcelite is a brand of hand tools geared towards the electronics service industry. It is currently owned by Apex Tool Group and markets screwdrivers, nut drivers, pliers, and various specialized electronics tools.[1]

Product typeHand tools
OwnerApex Tool Group
Previous ownersCooper Industries


Xcelite was founded in 1921 by F. Birney Farrington, as the Park Metalware Company,Inc., a small metalworking shop in Orchard Park, New York.[2] By 1952, the Xcelite brand name was so well known in the electronics, television and radio repair industries, the company changed its corporate name to Xcelite, Inc.[3].

In 1973, the brand was purchased by Cooper Industries.[4][5]

In 2010, the brand was transferred to Apex Tool Group, a joint venture formed by Cooper Industries and Danaher Corporation.[6]


  1. Cooper Hand Tools. "Xcelite Catalogue" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  2. Hardware Age. David Williams Company. January 1960.
  3. "Firm Changes Name". Buffalo Courier-Express, pg 4. January 4, 1952.
  4. Funding Universe. "Cooper Cameron Corporation". Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  5. David Neal Keller (1983). Cooper Industries, 1833-1983. Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-8214-0751-6.
  6. Apex Tool Group. "Apex Tool Group About Us". Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
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