Product typeTape measure
OwnerApex Tool Group (2010)
CountryUnited States
Previous ownersCooper Industries (1967)

Lufkin is a brand featuring primarily measurement tools such as calipers, gauges, micrometers, and measuring tapes. Lufkin is a brand of Apex Tool Group.


Early Lufkin logo

The company was founded by Edward Taylor Lufkin, an American Civil War veteran of the Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry[1] in Cleveland, Ohio, 1869[2] and was originally named E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company. Its Canadian manufacturing plant was first at Windsor, Ontario and later at Barrie, Ontario. The company's headquarters and chief U.S. manufacturing plant later moved to Saginaw, Michigan, and remained there for decades.

The company was acquired in 1967 by Cooper Industries,[3] which aimed to create a stable of hand tools brands through acquisitions. The Saginaw plant was soon closed and a new plant in Apex, North Carolina became the chief U.S. manufacturing plant.

The brand was a member of the Cooper Tools group until that group was sold off to form Apex Tool Group in 2012 and Cooper Industries was acquired by Eaton Corporation.


Throughout its history Lufkin patented a variety of devices and manufacturing processes.



  1. ^ History of Lorain County, Ohio, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. Philadelphia: Williams Brothers. 1879. p. 96. OCLC 54440022.
  2. ^ "(advertisement)". Popular Science. Vol. 171, no. 3. Bonnier Corporation. September 1957. p. 221. ISSN 0161-7370.
  3. ^ Hoover's Handbook of American Business (5th ed.). Austin, Texas: Hoover's Business Press. 1995. p. 394. ISBN 978-1-878753-65-6.