RIP, Armstrong Tools…

It’s something we have been seeing happen sadly more frequently over the past few years, homegrown American brands bring unable to stand up to lower priced [if suspect, variable quality] offerings from Asia. And Armstrong Industrial tools, which was founded in 1890 as the Armstrong Bros. Tool Company in Chicago, Illinois, is but another casualty. In 2010, Armstrong, as part of Danaher Tool Group, became part of Apex Tool Group, LLC. In 2017, Apex announced that it would layoff 170 workers at its Sumter, South Carolina plant and cease production of the Armstrong and Allen brands by March 31st.

The Armstrong Tools website is now off, with the message essentially asking to look at other brands in the Apex portfolio:

Thank you for visiting the Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools website.

Three other Apex Tool Group brands offer the same quality, strength, and durability you’ve come to expect from Armstrong.

Below, please select the product category you are looking for to view equivalent products from GEARWRENCH, Crescent, and Campbell® Thank you for your trust in Armstrong.

Go to the Apex Tool Group’s brand portfolio, and we get a message that points to Armstrong’s erstwhile position in the market:

It’s not just STRONG. It’s ARMSTRONG®. That’s the credo we live by for Armstrong® Industrial Tools. The demanding industrial and commercial environments of today call for the highest quality, durable, and strongest tools we can provide. Whether managing a maintenance tool crib, or constructing the towers and transmission lines that keep us all connected, or responsibly mining or harnessing the natural resources of the earth, sea, wind, or sun, we manufacture Armstrong® tools with your specific needs in mind.

The Armstrong® product line now includes more than 4,000 items, including hand sockets and drive tools, wrenches, striking wrenches, torque wrenches, impact sockets, C-clamps, screwdrivers, pliers, punches and chisels, tool storage, and related industrial products.