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Mac Tools
FormerlyMechanical Tool and Forge Company
Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedJuly 11, 1938; 85 years ago (1938-07-11)
United States
ProductsProfessional hand tools
$2.37 million annually
$39 billion (worldwide)
Number of employees
ParentStanley Black & Decker

Mac Tools (previously, Mechanics Tool and Forge Company) is an American company that distributes and markets professional tools and related equipment. It is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, United States. The Mac Tools line consists of over 8,000 professional tools, including screwdrivers, ratchets, wrenches, and assorted air tools.

Mac Tools also produces its own line of tool storage and carts with foreign sourced materials at its manufacturing plant located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mac Tools manufactured tools are produced in various Stanley Black & Decker facilities around the world. Mac Tools USA hardline tools are manufactured in their partner plant of Proto Dallas.

Their primary distribution center is located in Hilliard, Ohio, United States. Mac Tools business model is a franchise system with roughly 1500 distributors across North America. Their primary competitors include Matco, Snap-on, and Cornwell Tools.


In 1938, the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company began in Sabina, Ohio. The company's goal was to manufacture high quality mechanic's tools. On July 11, 1938, the firm was incorporated in Ohio, and common stock was issued.[2] Mac Tools continued to grow in the 1940s, with a large government contract received in 1942.

The company's name was changed in 1961 to the now familiar Mac Tools from its earlier name, Mechanics Tool and Forge Company. In 1980, Mac Tools was bought by the Stanley Works, and is now part of a group of brands including Stanley Tools, Proto, Facom, and Blackhawk a subsidiary of Proto Tools.[citation needed]

In 1990, Mac Tools set up in the United Kingdom, and in 2009, it changed its presence in the United Kingdom from being a distribution to a franchise system.[3]


  1. ^ "Contact Us | Mac Tools". Mac Tools. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  2. ^ "MacTools > Mac Tools: Mac Tool History". Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  3. ^ "Mac Tools: The franchise opportunity". Retrieved 2014-05-06.