The Milestones information below was provided by Lufkin
collector Ed Fehn
MILESTONES OF THE LUFKIN
"1730 HESS STREET SAGINAW,
1869 "Founded by Edward T. Lufkin in Cleveland,
Ohio. It was known as Lufkin Board
and Log Rule Co.” The company manufactured steel folding rules, tapes, log rules, and lumber related items."
1885 "The Company was bought by a group of Saginaw Businessmen headed
by Alfred F. Marshall,” general manager of Morley Brothers, (A major hardware
distributor in Michigan) and Fred Buck. "The two men took over the E. T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Co., with Alfred Marshal
as financial" "director,
Fred Buck as general manager, and Theodore Huss as secretary-treasurer. Fred
Buck remained in that position until his death August 12, 1938 at the age of 80.)"
1887 Lufkin started manufacturing
1890 The Headquarters was moved to Saginaw
November 1st, into a small factory that was built on Hess Street.
The factory manufactured mainly Board and Log Rules.
1892 The Cleveland operation was moved to Saginaw.
1903 The Company was running at full capacity and unable to keep pace with orders. It was the largest
manufacturer of measuring tapes in the United States.
1915 Lufkin introduces spring-joint
1914 "With Alfred Marshall's death, Fred Buck becomes president and general manager.
1919 After World War I, Lufkin started
manufacturing small precision tools."
1922 Lufkin introduces boxwood folding
1938 Robert C. Thompson named president. An addition
was added to the plant.
1941-45 During World
War II, Lufkin
received the Army-Navy E Awards (Flags) five times for its production excellence and efficiency, in supplying weapons and
1947 "February 27. A strike was settled after 142 days,
they walked out on October 9, 1946."
1950 Lewis Barnard Jr. becomes president. (He is the grandson of Fred Buck.)
1954 "Additions to the plant and offices have been added, and the address changed to 1900 Hess."
1955 "Lufkin Rule grew to 1,400 employees
at the height of operation. An addition was added to the plant. "
1966 Lufkin discontinues making precision
tools in November. Pratt & Whitney Machine Tools Division of Colt Industries
Inc., purchases the precision tool business in November of this year."
1967 "William G. Rector, president of Lufkin and E. L. Miller, chief executive officer of Cooper Industries
jointly announce their merger on June 1st, that the Lufkin Rule Co. was sold to the Cooper Industries Inc. of Houston Texas,
and moved to a new facility in Apex, North Carolina. Lufkin has plants in Middletown,
NY; Cleveland, OH; Madison, ME; Jackson, TN; Ponce, PR; Guadalajara, Mexico; Cleveland, OH: Madison, ME; Jackson, TN; Ponce,
PR; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Barrie, Ont."
1968 The company closed after a short union strike.
1969 The Lufkin Building
was sold to Erwin and Max Myers on March 1st.
1985 A fire gutted one of the two three story warehouses in the rear of the twenty-five acre complex
on Sunday December 22nd.
1994 "April 26. A fire was set by an arsonist to the
main building; half of the building was destroyed;
only the bricks were left and some steel I-beams.
1996 June 8. A 16 year old boy fell to his death from
a third-floor window of the remaining three story warehouse, that didn't burn."
1997 The state Department of Environmental Quality began demolishing buildings in late June.
1997 August 13. Ed Fehn removed some bricks from the
Lufkin Building for Lufkin collectors.
1997 September 12. This historic site is now an empty lot
History of Cooper Industries and Cooper Tools
from its origins in 1833 as a small iron foundry in Mount
Vernon, Ohio, Cooper Industries has evolved into a
diversified, multi-billion dollar manufacturing
company with a worldwide presence.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company
employs approximately 30,000 people and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Cooper Industries manufactures thousands of
quality products that are grouped into two business segments: Electrical Products and Tools & Hardware.
Headquartered in Lexington, SC., the Tools
& Hardware segment known as Cooper Tools
serves primarily the global automotive, aerospace,
electronic, energy, general industry and DYI
through 54 manufacturing and sales/service
facilities with 7,200 employees located in North and Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Cooper's well-known brands
have grown to 29, allowing them to service practically every industry with products and services that are continually
improved, addressing the specific needs of their global customers.
The power tools offering counts with 17 reputable
major brands like: Airetool® tube cleaners and expanders, Apex® fastening tools and universal
joints, Buckeye® material removal tools, fixtured
drills & power motors, Cleco® assembly and material removal tools, Cooper Automation automated fastening systems,
DGD/ Gardner-Denver assembly equipment, Doler® advanced drilling equipment,
Dotco® material removal tools and power motors,
Gardner- Denver® assembly tools, hoists and power motors, Gardotrans modular transport systems,
Geta fastening tools, Master Power® assembly,
material removal and finishing tools, Metronix servos, drivers, speed controls, related electronics and
software, Quackenbush advanced drilling equipment,
Recoules drilling tools and cutters, Rotor
TM fixtured and portable assembly tools, and Utica® torque measuring and testing equipment. A total of 12 world renowned and
dependable brands presently comprise the hand tools offering. Brands like:
Campbell® chains and wire rope grips, Crescent®
wrenches, Erem® high precision cutters and
Kahnetics® dispensing systems, Lufkin® measuring
tapes, Nicholson® files and saws, Plumb® hammers,
H.K. Porter® bolt, cable and strap cutters, Weller® soldering equipment, Wire-Wrap® wire wrapping equipment, Wiss® scissors,
and Xcelite® screwdrivers.
Historically, CooperTools has been committed
to the ongoing challenge to excel in every aspect of the business, from engineering and manufacturing
to customer relations. We are dedicated to
offering the very best technical solutions and service, with a strong focus on providing application solutions
that increases product performance and our