In 1922 Raymond Dewalt, the superintendent of Seabrook Farms, perfected the first woodworking machine for the purpose of increasing productivity and versatility.
By 1924 DEWALT Products Company is formed with plant and offices located in Leola, Pennsylvania. Their product is an electric universal woodworking machine known as the DeWalt “Wonder-Worker,” which could be configured in 9 different ways. DEWALT also offered a dedicated mortiser and jointer.
By the late 1920’s DEWALT Products Co. moved to a new, and for those days, outstandingly modern plant and office building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
At the beginning of World War II the DEWALT firm begins a period of
rapid expansion to meet the demands of government orders in connection with national defense and wartime machinery requirements.
After World War II, DEWALT was acquired by American Machine Foundry (AMF) of Lancaster, PA.
During the 1950’s, 40,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space was added to the plant in order to keep up with consumer demand.
During this same time period operations were extended into Canada through a wholly owned subsidiary known as DeWalt Canada Ltd.
Fast forward to 1992 and DEWALT introduces its first line of portable electric power tools and accessories designed specifically for residential contractors, remodelers, and professional woodworkers.
Two years later DEWALT kickstarts a revolutionary system of over 30 new cordless tools, including the most powerful cordless tool at the time, the 14.4 volt cordless drill/driver and 5 3/8″ cordless saw. DEWALT cordless system included drill/drivers, screwdrivers, impact drivers, impact wrench, saws, flashlights, and the first combination drill/driver/hammerdrill.
The following events took place between 1999 and 2010
Matt Kenseth joins DEWALT Racing as its driver in the NASCAR Busch Series.
DEWALT purchases Momentum Laser, Inc. and the Emglo Compressor Company
By this point DEWALT Inc. was responsible for over 200 electric power tools and over 800 accessories
Matt Kenseth wins the final Winston cup championship driving the #17 DEWALT Ford race car.
As a result of DEWALT’s extensive research with professional contractors, DEWALT developed SHOCKS – Active Vibration Control®, currently found on some of its SDS Plus and 1-7/8” and 2” SDS Max rotary hammers, which reduces vibration by up to 50 percent compared hammers without such systems.
DEWALT introduces the new 12V MAX* system of lithium ion tools designed to incorporate comfort and compact design with the power and industry-leading features contractors need on the jobsite.
DEWALT also launches the Metal Cutting Diamond Blade line of accessories. The Diamond Edge provides 100x the life vs. standard DEWALT chop saw blade.
The following events took place between 2011 and 2015
DEWALT expands its lithium ion tools offering with the introduction of the new 20V MAX* System.
DEWALT also continues to support it’s 69 million 18V cordless system battery users with new 18V products.
DEWALT Accessories expanded it’s Impact Ready line adding over 100 products in drilling, screwdriving, holesaws and sockets as well as released over 20 new products in the Demo steel accesories line.
DEWALT launches Perform and Protect line of products designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance. Perform and Protect products include E-Clutch drills, E-Clutch and Low Vibration Grinders, 2-Stage Clutches, and SHOCKS®Hammers, dust collection – including grinder shrouds, hammer dust extraction, and a Dust Extractor with a universal connector.
DEWALT also introduced the following accessories which DEWALT was the first to market; Impact Ready Step Bits, cleanable nut driver, depth setter and dust collectors. DEWALT also released a line of Guaranteed Tough Hand Tools.
In 2013, DEWALT introduced it’s cordless 20VMAX* – XR line of Brushless power tools which includes brushless motors and high capctiy lithium ion batteries.
DEWALT announces the Made in the USA initiative at STAFDA 2013
DEWALT announces a 3 year partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, and donates $489,000+ from sales of specialized DEWALT WWP Limited Edition Tools in the first year.
DEWALT announces the addition of a new manufacturing facility in Charlotte, NC. This is an expansion of the existing Distribution Center
DEWALT announces the addition of a new manufacturing facility in Greenfield, IN, now totaling up to seven manufacturing facilities building DEWALT branded products in the USA: New Britain, CT, Hampstead, MD, Shelbyville, KY, Greenfield, IN, Cheraw, SC, Charlotte, NC, and Jackson, TN.
DEWALT releases the first phase of “Connected” Products, with Tool Connect Bluetooth enabled batteries, speakers, and radio adaptor
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