Husky is the generic brand of hand tools, pneumatic tools and tool accessories carried exclusively in The Home Depot. The brand changed hands and manufacturers many times since its inception.
Husky began its life as the Husky Wrench Company, founded in Wisconsin in 1924 by Sigmund Mandl, a Czech immigrant.
In 1929, Husky Wrench Company changed its name to the Husky Corporation. Olsen Manufacturing then purchased the company, according to an article in the Jan. 29, 1929, edition of The Chicago Tribune.
New Britain Machine Company
Sometime in the 1930s, the New Britain Machine Company purchased the Husky Corporation, though details are unavailable. It is certain the New Britain Machine Company gained possession at some juncture, as it renewed the trademark in 1944.
Eventually, Stanley Works, now Stanley Black & Decker after the March 2010 merger with the Black & Decker Corporation, acquired the Husky brand. Stanley Works bought certain assets from National Hand Tool Corporation in 1986, and still manufactures the Husky Brand.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot attained exclusive rights for distribution in 1992 and eventually received full rights to the Husky brand.
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