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A quick history lesson from hilmor

It’s not every day that a new brand of tools is introduced, especially into a professional category like HVAC/R. And it’s no surprise that technicians are skeptical about something new and unproven. That’s why the hilmor team knew they needed to combine a brand rich in history, product development and field testing to gain any traction in HVAC/R.

The name hilmor came from a Newell Rubbermaid brand based out of the United Kingdom. By developing high-quality tube benders, the hilmor brand became synonymous with best-in-class tools. The team brought the hilmor name to the United States with the goal of bringing best-in-class tools to HVAC/R that would truly change the game.

To ensure the products were the highest quality, hilmor spent countless hours in focus groups and sent over 300 tools out into the field to be used by HVAC/R technicians on the job to guarantee they stood up to the tough conditions techs face every day. After years of behind-the-scenes work, hilmor was born.

All three Newell Rubbermaid tool brands − hilmor, LENOX and IRWIN − comprise the Tools Business Segment for Newell Rubbermaid and come with a rich brand history. Here are a few quick facts about all three:

– In 1926, hilmor started in Sheffield, England. The brand is still sold today and known for their tube benders by plumbers, electricians and HVAC/R technicians in the United Kingdom.

– LENOX began in 1915 with a 10-employee team that manufactured hacksaw blades designed to cut faster and last longer. Over 95 years later, the company has expanded to a team of over 900 people who manufacture and market LENOX power tool accessories, hand tools and bandsaw blades across the world.

– IRWIN started in 1885 with the development of the first Auger Bit. From there, the company developed and introduced Vise-Grip Locking Tools, SPEEDBOR Flat Bits, MARATHON Saw Blades and QUICK-GRIP Bar Clamps. IRWIN manufactures and distributes their hand tools and power tools accessories to tradesmen globally.