For nearly a century, General Tools has been a recognized leader in the design and development of precision specialty tools, committed to innovation and dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service.
Offering over 1,000 tools, we’re proud to provide tradesmen, craftsmen and DIYers around the world with a broad range of affordable, specific-purpose mechanical hand tools and precision measuring and inspection tools.
General began as the brainchild of Abe and Lillian Rosenberg in New York City in 1922. Originally dubbed General Hardware Manufacturing Co., the company specialized in the wholesale of "hard goods," offering a full-range of domestic and professional items from clothesline pulleys and screen-door hardware, to specialty hand tools.
It wasn't long before Abe, a former WWI veteran & a vibrant, creative thinker, began to develop his own product ideas. With Lillian running the store, Abe would go out on the road in search of machine shops to manufacture his tools. By 1930 he had outsourced a small line of specialty items, including circle cutters, metal punches and pocket screwdrivers. By 1937, Abe and Lillian were selling their own products exclusively at General Hardware.
Abe’s thirst for new ideas kept General at the forefront of innovation, becoming one of the first to build die-cast tools. It was this innovation that resulted in General becoming charter member of the Sears 100 Club of Craftsman tool suppliers.
Over the years, General grew its product line and expanded into new market segments like digital test and measurement tools. After three generations of leadership by Abe’s family, the company was acquired by High Road Capital Partners in 2014.
Ingenuity is the core of what makes General special. Our mission is to enable our users to work smarter, measure better and be more productive. Our long history of innovative product development, focused on this mission, is why General Tools is the PRECISE TOOL for the job.
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Founded by Bruce and Julie Donoho in 1992, Bird B Gone has grown to become a world leader in affordable, effective and humane bird control products. With over 100 products to choose from, the company now offers everything from its flagship Stainless Steel Bird Spikes to the latest in Laser Bird Deterrent technology. Yet for all of its expansive growth, Bird B Gone has not lost its family appeal. The company’s culture remains committed to delivering “customer first” service, a philosophy that centers on treating customers as friends, responding promptly to requests, and adopting a willingness to always improve.
When customers “partner” with Bird B Gone, they not only receive free on-site training, leads and the expertise of their combined 90+ years of bird control experience, they also become part of the Bird B Gone family. The company takes great pride in the personal relationships they have built with each person who has attended one of their free classes.
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Since 1982, we have pursued one thing: smarter pest control.
At RESCUE!®, it’s our goal to design, manufacture and market the safest, most effective pest control solutions available for homeowners. Our products are the result of exhaustive and ongoing research and development, decades of experience and a commitment to solutions that respect the environment without sacrificing results.
Our company was founded during a time when harmful chemicals and pesticides were still the norm for insect control. Founder and President Rod Schneidmiller spent the 1970s working on a farm in Eastern Washington and saw firsthand that haphazard spraying of harmful chemicals was unsafe and only marginally effective. In addition, the pesticides often wiped out beneficial insects like honeybees.
Schneidmiller anticipated that consumers would eventually become concerned about the damage and expense associated with this kind of "chemical warfare". After receiving his degree in agronomy and economics from Washington State University, the young entrepreneur sought to create a small device to trap bugs, with lures intended only for the targeted insect. He spent hours in the garage fine-tuning a mixture of natural ingredients that, when broken down in water, would lure flies.
A reusable fly trap was the first product Schneidmiller developed. The plastic jar contained a powder attractant that dissolved in water and lured flies through holes in the lid.
In an era where being “green” went against the grain, Schneidmiller was slightly ahead of his time. As he made sales calls to lawn & garden retailers, he and his product were ridiculed as buyers asked the question,
Why would anyone trap an insect when they can spray it?
Eventually, a few small hardware and garden stores in Eastern Washington gave Schneidmiller a chance and began to stock his fly trap on their shelves. As the product caught on, he continued to make innovations that resulted in a disposable trap -- also for flies -- and a reusable trap for yellowjackets.
In the mid-1980s, Ace Hardware became the first major national retailer to buy Sterling's product line. The result was a huge breakthrough in awareness and acceptance for the insect trap category.
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