Milwaukee Tool has been manufacturing products in the United States since 1924, so they have a rich American history. The company has manufacturing facilities in. Right now, I don't think SB&d deserves to be fair. They have had the opportunity to make this happen for far too long and have not yet demonstrated that they are only interested in returning the brands they own to the United States for large-scale American production.
They have had all the resources at their disposal for years and have not yet produced results that meet consumer expectations. However, those expectations must be taken with a grain of salt. People want to buy tools made in the USA. UU.
However, they don't want to pay the price. Everyone says they would buy tools made in the United States instead of foreign-made tools. But would they? Please disagree. In fact, I would venture to say that you wouldn't.
This is not how things used to be when all products in the United States were manufactured in the United States and were affordable. Those days have come to pass. I'm pretty sure these Milwaukee tools are going to be quite expensive. Probably twice the price of its competitors.
But there is one thing that people must fully understand and that is that Milwaukee is not an American company. Milwaukee is not an American company. They still have the same American name they were founded under, but they are not an American brand of tools. Whether they like it or not, they are owned by the Chinese.
They have production facilities here in the U.S. UU. who report to their superiors in China, which is where the headquarters are located. There is no U.S.
subsidiary for Milwaukee tools. People still think Milwaukee is an American brand. In no way shape, shape or fashion. The Milwaukee brand is not owned by Americans.
Stanley Black & Decker is an American corporation. They have production facilities outside the U.S. These facilities are accountable to their superiors in Maryland, which is where the headquarters of SB&d are located. Every dollar people spend around the world on SB&d tools ends up in a US bank account.
Every dollar that people spend around the world on Milwaukee tools ends up in a Chinese bank account. This facility, nor its means of production and production, were decided by the Americans. The Hong Kong showrunners decided to do this. It was their decision to bring a large-scale production facility to the United States for their biggest brand of tools, which turns out to bear an American name.
They invested the yen, which was transformed into the dollars that did it. Now, does this completely embarrass SB&d? Absolutely. They have rightfully earned having mud all over their faces. There's no possible excuse why SB&d hasn't yet achieved this feat, given the amount of time and resources that have been available to them for years.
Should we all shout F__K SB&d for what they've done to the American manufacturing industry? YES. They were among the first to abandon the ship for overseas manufacturing. The flip side is that it made SB&d products more affordable than their American-made counterparts. SB&d is currently the largest tool company on the planet.
Do you really think they would be where they are if their manufacture had remained in the U.S. UU.? Absolutely not. People's wallets didn't seem to oppose it. Now, imagine if it were Milwaukee's power tools that were manufactured in this new facility.
I'm willing to bet that Milwaukee would be side by side with festool in terms of pricing. Would his patriotism force him to pay those prices? I mean, hey, we all want to show our support for the United States, but not for the sake of price exploitation, which is what Milwaukee would do considering that it's not even an American brand anymore. So, while this seems like a revival of an American brand returning home to do the right thing, the truth is that a Chinese brand that bears an American name is being established for large scale American production in the United States. That's all there is to do.
That doesn't change the fact that they are a Chinese brand owned by a Chinese company. Just as SB&d established an overseas store for the large-scale production of several of its American brands. They are all still American brands owned by the same American company. This doesn't make Milwaukee any more American than it already was.
I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but people are already starting with the misconception that this makes it an American brand out of American pride. You couldn't be more wrong if that's what you think this is. Milwaukee is in a favorable position (it's not just linked to HD) and they're looking to expand it, and it seems to work quite well. I've found that Milwaukee hand tools already exceed the quality of my old USA Craftsman tools, and I would definitely pay a premium for Milwaukee tools made in the USA.
Every time I think that another brand has a tool that other companies can't match, Milwaukee proves me wrong. However, along with international expansion, Milwaukee Tool is also expanding its manufacturing presence in the U. With Craftsman completely gone (before SB&D bought it), I looked up other brands and came to Milwaukee looking for my hand tools and couldn't be happier. This electrician I follow on Instagram is at the Milwaukee launch event and has a few videos of them in use.
Precision heat treatment and advanced manufacturing techniques are likely to contribute to the fact that Wright can offer a limited lifetime warranty for most of its hand tools. I've been retired for 12 years, but I'm still creating my Milwaukee M18 and M12 tool collection because I love their products. Interestingly, Milwaukee will make screwdrivers and pliers in the United States, and Stanley Black & Decker can't even do it with Craftsman, specifically with the iconic Craftsman screwdrivers with transparent handles. Good news and I will definitely be looking in Milwaukee for any future purchases of hand tools from now on.
I firmly believe that, based on what I saw there, Milwaukee Tool is going to massively revolutionize the entire market for hand tools manufactured in the USA. Anyway, I told him that even though I buy hand tools made outside the United States, I know that most of them are priced accordingly. To be fair, just because Milwaukee Tool can do this doesn't mean that other companies, especially smaller ones, can do the same. .