Proto has come along way through almost a 100 years of buisiness, it is quite amazing to think about how three humble American blacksmiths began so long ago, close to the turn of the century, as they set out to realize the American dream for themselves. Proto now offers a vast and varied array of over 5,000 tools and sets, favored by many professional craftsman and government workers, which demonstrates that time honored notions of quality craftsmanship is not an antiquated, but can be realized each time someone uses one of their tools. It’s one thing when the end user believes in the product but it’s another when the manufacturer backs up all of their tools with a lifetime warranty. In addition, Proto Tool is still committed to manufacturing their products, to the highest standards, right here in the USA. Proto continues to produce tools for the professionals involved in auto-manufacturing plants, steel and airplane manufacturing, chemical plants, refineries, general manufacturing, transportation, and fleet maintenance for trucking, transit, and aircraft . Proto tools continue to exceed ASME specifications, featuring an emphasis on ergonomic usability and TorquePlus drive configurations on sockets and wrenches. Proto is a respected brand that is held in high esteem in the hand tool industry. Winning awards for Plant Engineering Product of the Year in 2000, 1999, 2005 and 2006, New Equiptment Digest Excellence in Innovation Award 2000, Innovator of the Year 1999, and New Equiptment Digest Excellence in Innovation Award 1999. Proto Industrial Tools continues to be relevant in the Industrial Automotive Repair division, delivering tools specific to mechanics under the Stanley, Blackhawk by Proto and Facom brand names.
Proto is involved with the National TeamWorks Competition, which is involved with helping to train future tradesmen, focusing on finding and highlighting the abilities of talented young people who are headed into the building trade, career path. Habitat For Humanity is involved with Stanley Proto, as it donates industrial and engineering tools, hardware, door systems and fastening systems, nationally. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing organization that rallies to build homes for people in need, they work to eliminate homelessness and substandard housing. Stanley Proto sponsors two homes per year at the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project. In addition, Stanley Proto also lends support to the IEA organization to train students in “zero defect construction” and places 100% of its graduates into the home building industry. It also hosts the “Superbowl of Nail Driving” competition at the annual NAHB Show.
Proto delivers superior design and has a reputation for unsurpassed excellence in innovation, production , and value. These are the reasons Proto has thrived and stayed a relevant market leader for almost a century in the fiercely competitive tool industry.