Snap-on

Snap-on

Snap-on

Snap-on is a manufacturer and marketer of hand tools, power tools, tool storage products, and diagnostic equipment. Their products are commonly used in the Trailer Repair Industry, as well as for those working in vehicle repair, aerospace, the military, natural resources, and manufacturing.

Company / Brand Profile

  • Company / Brand: Snap-on Incorporated
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  • Headquarters: Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Founded Date: 1920
  • Founders: Joseph Johnson, William Seidemann
  • Traded as: NYSE:SNA
  • Products:
    • Hand Tools
    • Power Tools
    • Tool Storage Products
    • Diagnostics Equipment 
  • Website: snapon.com
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Brands

  • Snap-on
  • ATI Tools
  • AutoCrib
  • autoVHC
  • Bahco
  • Blackhawk
  • Blue-Point
  • Car-O-Liner
  • Cartec
  • CDI
  • Challenger Lifts
  • Dealer-FX
  • Ecotechnics
  • Hofmann
  • Irimo
  • John Bean
  • JOSAM
  • Kansas Jack
  • Lindstrom
  • Mitchell 1
  • NEXIQ Technologies
  • Norbar
  • Power Hawk
  • Pro-Cut Rotor Matching Systems
  • Sioux
  • Sturtevant Richmont
  • Sun
  • TruckCam
  • Williams
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Historical Highlights

1920

Company founded as the Snap-on Wrench Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann.

1923

Company files for its first patent, a ratcheting attachment (No. 6 Ratchet).

Company publishes first product catalog.

1927

First Canadian branch was opened in Montreal.

1930

Blue-Point and the Snap-on Wrench Company merge to become Snap-on Tools, Inc.

Company moves to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

1931

Snap-on Tools of Canada Ltd. was incorporated and became the first international subsidiary.

1939

Founder Joseph Johnson becomes president of company.

Company paid its first dividend to shareholders.

1956

Company acquires Weidenhoff Corporation of Algona, IA, introducing the manufacture of automotive test equipment to the company’s product line.

1959

Company acquires Judson Engineering of Natick, MA, introducing the manufacture of wheel alignment equipment to the company’s product line.

Founder and company president, Joseph Johnson, retires.

1965

Two patents issued for the company’s Flank Drive® Wrenching System.

Company launches its first formal education program. The Educational Service Program (ESP) was designed to assist technical education instructors in the training and development of student mechanics.

1970

Company celebrates 50th anniversary.

1978

Company’s common stock begins traiding on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SNA.

1982

First Australian dealer begins operations in Sydney.

1986

Company acquires ATI Industries in Escondido, California.

1987

Company reaches $1 billion sales goal.

1988

First Australian branch opens in Brisbane.

1989

Snap-on Tools Industrial Japan (SIJ) is formed, later changing its name to Snap-on Tools Japan, K.K. (SOJ).

1990

Became the first mobile tool company in the U.S. to convert to a franchise operation.

Company engineers invent the Flank Drive Plus wrenching system.

1994

Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Snap-on as the “top new franchise.”

1995

Company acquires Eurotools, which included European brands such as Irimo®, Irazola®, Palmera® and Acesa®.

1999

Company acquires Sandvik Saws and Tools.

Additional brands acquired in the 1990s: Sun®, Mitchell1®, John Bean® and Hofmann®, Sioux®, Williams®.

2002

Company acquires Nexiq Technologies, a leader in diagnostic scan tools for heavy duty trucks.

2006

Company acquires ProQuest Business Solutions.

2009

Company opens InnovationWorks at the Kenosha facility.

2013

Company acquires Challenger Lifts.

2014

Company acquires Pro-Cut International.

2015

Company acquires Ecotechnics.

2016

Company acquires Car-O-Liner.

Company acquires Sturtevant Richmont.

2017

Company acquires Norbar Torque Tools.