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The history of Black & Decker company spans more than eight decades of innovation and industry leadership. For the past 110 years, the B&D brand has stood for superior quality, durability and reliability in power tools that help people get their jobs done quickly and safely.
The historical record begins with Albert Hickman who founded A.Hickman & Company in Baltimore in 1906 to manufacture his patented speed drills, which featured an innovative swiveling handle mechanism that allowed the user to apply torque without changing hand position or posture. The next year he reorganized his business as Black & Decker Manufacturing Co., Incorporated, after himself and C.S. Black, a former sales executive at another machine shop where Hickman worked before starting his own business in 1899. The restructuring included a name change for the speed drills, which were now being sold to wholesalers and hardware stores and under different brand names such as Junior and Senior.
Today, B&D is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of cordless tools and accessories, outdoor yard care equipment, home cleaning products and technology-based fastening systems, with brands including Black & Decker®, DeWalt®, Stanley®, and many more (see list below). This includes not only power tools but also major appliances like refrigerators—a product category the company entered in 1947 when it acquired Emerson Electric Co., based in St. Louis—and lawn mowers. In 2014, the company earned $14 billion in sales revenue from these business divisions.