Product typeSubsidiary

Snap-on Industrial Brands, historically 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]


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.[citation needed] In 2011 it was officially renamed Snap-on Industrial Brands.[5]



  1. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2012-03-05). "Watch Out for "Snap-on Industrial" Williams and Bahco Tools". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  2. ^ "Death of James H. Williams". The Iron Age. 74. New York, New York: Chilton Company: 57. 1904-12-08. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. ^ "Consolidation of Drop Forging Plants". Pacific Marine Review. 17. San Francisco, California: J.S. Hines: 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. ^ "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.