Delta, Dewalt, Porter-Cable, DeVilbiss, Oldham and FLEX are ALL now
owned by Black and Decker. <sigh>
Bosch is still Bosch - German.
Milwaukee is still Milwaukee - American - for the time being...
Still Made in the USA?
Lawyers, slimy politicians, bad MBA's, and bombs. <g?>
Techtronics bought Milwaukee from Atlas Copco in January 2005.
The Milwaukee rep assures me that Milwaukee remains autonomous in R&D
and manufacturing.. and *IF* collaborating with another TTI company, it
would be more likely be with the AEG/professional German tool side than
the Ryobi/consumer side.
AEG is a very serious pro tool company along the same lines as Festool
Even American owned companies have been buying/re-branding Chinese
tools for some time and sub-contracting out the manufacture of their own
designs, too. It doesn't bother me as much WHERE the shareholders live
as it does about who is manufacturing a product and what their commitment
to quality and customer support is. One of the odd ways of viewing things
that I see in this area is opposition to "foreign" Hondas made in Ohio and
strong acceptance for "domestic" GM vehicles made in Canada. (I am in
the US.) Right now, the top of my s***-list is Jenn-Air and I haven't
them around to see where they were made, but I have 4 Jenn-Air appliances
less than 5 years old that have all failed multiple times...and all cost
than "average" appliances.
Emerson quit making the power tools for Home Depot and they are now made
by Techtronics. This happened close to two years ago IIRC.
I actually find the new Ridgid cordless tools to be quite nice and I
bought a 12V drill. The cordless tools at least now have a lifetime
You don't think Home Depot is going to take a beating if these service
agreements aren't honored?
Regardless if Home Depot's name isn't on the agreement, they are the
exclusive seller of the tools and they will have angry customers if the
agreement isn't honored.
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