Our History

Mac Tools first buildingMac Tools was founded in the USA in 1938 as the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company by 7 men with the common goal to manufacture the finest tools in the world.

The first step toward their goal was taken on July 11, 1938, when they signed the Articles of Incorporation, and were officially recognized by the state of Ohio. The state issued 250 shares of no par common stock, of which these men could only afford to subscribe to 55 shares.

Mac Tools historyNonetheless, they persevered, and elected Ralph McPherson and Otto Tucker as the first President and Secretary of the organization. These two men scraped up all available capital, a paltry $5,000, to secure a building and buy used machinery so they could begin production.

World War II brought prosperity to the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company because of the sizeable US government contract received in 1942. In 1944, they recapitalized with the help of the Securities Commission.

Mac Tools historic buildingShortly after their capital investment, the company received a proposal from Clem Poole, concerning the opening of a socket division. Though they recognized the need to introduce sockets into their product line, they did not have the means to finance the opening of the division because of their recent investment.

The management of Mechanics Tool and Forge decided to open a new, associate company with virtually the same stockholders, rather than expanding the existing product line. On October 30, 1944, the Clinton Tool Company was born. With Clem Poole as its president, Clinton operated in the same building as Mechanics Tool and Forge and is the lineage from which the present day line of sockets and accessories hail.

Mac Tools workshopIn 1945, Russ Darrah, a 20-year veteran of the hand tool industry, presented Mechanics Tool and Forge with a program designed to purchase an allied line of tools. This resulted in the formation of Mac Allied Tools which was moved to Akron, OH to facilitate shipping. Even though there were three companies functioning as one, their collective product was always referred to as "Mac Tools".

1961 launched the companies into the modern era, when Mechanics Tool and Forge officially changed its name to Mac Tools in 1963, leaving the association between Mac Tools and Mac Allied under the collective banner of Mac Tools, Inc.

Mac Tools in the UK

1990 saw the introduction of the first Mac Tools franchisee in the UK and since then has quickly become the number one choice for professionals all over the country.

The Mac Tools philosophy of excellent quality, price and service remains unchanged over the years, and the company spirit that made them successful in 1938, is the same spirit that makes Mac Tools a leader in the automotive tool and equipment business today.

Now with franchisees across the UK bringing you innovative products, offers, advice and credit on a weekly basis, plus the backup of a dedicated head office team, Mac Tools are the brand that you can trust at a price that you can afford.

Since it’s formation, anyone involved with the Mac Tools brand will know that it is much more than a brand, it’s a way of life.