Company typeSubsidiary
FounderThomas Briggs
HeadquartersEast Greenwich, Rhode Island
ProductsFastening tools
ParentStanley Black & Decker

Stanley Bostitch, previously and more commonly known as simply Bostitch, is an American company that specializes in the design and manufacture of fastening tools—such as staplers, staple guns, nailers, riveters, and glue guns—and fasteners—such as nails, screws, and staples. Its product range covers home, office, like the pencil sharpener, construction and industrial uses, like the power tool.[1]

The company developed a number of improvements to what became the modern desk stapler. It is a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker. In August 2013, Stanley Black & Decker began selling tradesmen's power tools and mechanics' hand tools and pneumatic tools under the Bostitch brand at Walmart stores and online distributors.[2][3]


Bostitch was founded in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1896 by Thomas Briggs as the Boston Wire Stitcher Company. Briggs had invented a machine that stitched books from a coil of wire. The company began manufacturing various other kinds of staplers for industrial use.[4]

It largely focused on commercial stitching machines. However, in 1914, the company introduced its first "portable stapling machine", the Model AO,[5] considered an ancestor of the modern desk stapler.[6] In 1924, the company introduced the first stapler to use modern style cohered strip staples, the Bostitch No. 1.[7][8]

This was a revolutionary design because it was inexpensive and reliable.[9] During World War II, the company joined five other firms to form the New England Small Arms Corporation for manufacture of M1918 Browning Automatic Rifles.[10] In 1948, the company officially changed its name to BOSTITCH, a portmanteau of "Boston" and "stitch". In 1957, the company moved from Westerly, Rhode Island to its current location in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

In 1966, Textron purchased the company, and in January 1986 Stanley Works acquired the company from Textron.[11][12]


In the German part of Switzerland, Bostitch became a commonly used deonym (pendant to eponym).[13] The verb "bostitchen" is a synonym for stapling and is even used in official documents.[14]


  1. ^ Stanley Bostitch. "About Bostitch". Archived from the original on 2003-07-01. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2013-08-22). "Coming Soon: Bostitch Power Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  3. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2013-08-28). "Coming Soon: Bostitch Mechanics & Automotive Air Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ Stanley Bostitch. "History". Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  5. ^ US 1119093, Maynard, Arthur H., "Portable stapling-machine", published 1914-12-01, assigned to Boston Wire Stitcher Company 
  6. ^ Wohleber, Curt (Summer 2002). "The Stapler". American Heritage. Archived from the original on 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ US 1506073, Maynard, Arthur H., "Stapling machine", published 1924-08-26, assigned to Boston Wire Stitcher Company 
  8. ^ BOSTITCH® Company History
  9. ^ "Bostitch Staplers". The Antique Stapler Collector's Web Site. Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  10. ^ Canfield, Bruce N. American Rifleman (March 2008), pp. 35–36
  11. ^ Brogan, Jan (1985-08-30). "Textron plans to sell Bostitch, 2 other units in debt-cutting move". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  12. ^ "Textron has agreed to sell its Bostitch division". Los Angeles Times. 1986-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  13. ^ Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen : die Standardsprache in Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland sowie in Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Ostbelgien und Südtirol. Ammon, Ulrich., Kyvelos, Rhea., Nyffenegger, Regula. Berlin: W. de Gruyter. 2004. ISBN 3110165759. OCLC 57333412.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ "AHV-Beitragspflicht: Fragebogen für Selbständigerwerbende und Personengesellschaften" (PDF). SVA Zürich. SVA Zürich. 2018-07-29.