Product typeHand tools
OwnerApex Tool Group
Previous ownersCooper Industries
WebsiteWeller Xcelite Tools

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]


Xcelite was founded in 1921 by F. Birney Farrington (1886-1962), as the Park Metalware Company, Inc., a small metalworking shop in Orchard Park, New York.[2] John Zilliox’s (1874-1971) U.S. patent 1,386,217 for an adjustable wrench, launched the company into manufacturing hand tools for worldwide distribution. The company marketed tools under the "XCEL" and, later, "Xcelite" brand names.[3] John N. Petre (1891-1952) held six patents assigned to Park Metalware. Among his important inventions was the interchangeable shaft screwdriver U.S. patent 2,476,762. 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.[4]

In 1973, the brand was purchased by Cooper Industries.[5][6]

In 2010, the brand was transferred to Apex Tool Group, a joint venture formed by Cooper Industries and Danaher Corporation.[7]


See also


  1. ^ Cooper Hand Tools. "Xcelite Catalogue" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  2. ^ Hardware Age. David Williams Company. January 1960.
  3. ^ "Various Hand Tool Makers". Alloy Artifacts. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  4. ^ "Firm Changes Name". Buffalo Courier-Express. 1952-01-04. p. 4.
  5. ^ Funding Universe. "Cooper Cameron Corporation". Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  6. ^ David Neal Keller (1983). Cooper Industries, 1833-1983. Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-8214-0751-6.
  7. ^ Apex Tool Group. "Apex Tool Group About Us". Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09.