DeWalt celebrates 100 years
February 1, 2024 | By HPAC Magazine
The tool maker will celebrate its milestone anniversary in multiple ways this year.
Tool maker DEWALT is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024.
The brand has been delivering tools for professional tradespeople around the world since 1924 when the company was founded by Raymond DeWalt, a tradesman in Pennsylvania who became a power tool pioneer when he sought a way to streamline and expedite wood-cutting operations.
His journey led to the invention of the “Wonder-Worker,” an adjustable electric radial arm saw that provided the ability to execute multiple operations on one affordable piece of equipment, and the creation of DEWALT.
The “Wonder-Worker” set the stage for DEWALT to begin distributing products both nationally and internationally. By 1927, Sears, Roebuck boasted that DEWALT’s saw contributed to helping manufacture “50 ready-cut houses” each day.
Later in life, DeWalt became a shop teacher at Mechanicsburg High School in Pennsylvania, educating the next generation of professional tradespeople. He passed away in 1961, but his legacy lives on in the tools and outdoor products that bear his name.
Anniversary Celebrations Throughout the Year
DEWALT, (now a Stanley Black & Decker brand) will celebrate its milestone anniversary in multiple ways this year.
A few highlights include:
- Ringing The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on May 14, 2024, officially marking 100 years in business;
- Introducing a special anniversary branding and paint scheme on NASCAR driver Christopher Bell’s #20 Toyota Camry; and
- A “Pro Series” social media campaign honouring and highlighting the contributions of current professionals and promoting careers in the trades