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60 Years – People Making It Happen

With a company culture that is intensely focused on serving the needs of users of its tools–and 60 years after its founding, Superior continues to be the dependable source for innovative products that make plumbing jobs faster and easier. And, Superior stands behind every tool like no other company—with lifetime guarantees and a commitment to personal telephone service from knowledgeable full-time company representatives. The report cards that retailers have given us prove that all of this is not idle talk: Superior makes it happen.


1940’s-1970’s - From Distributor to Manufacturer

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Superior Tool Company was founded in 1946 as a distributor of U.S. Government surplus hand tools from World War II. For the next 5 decades, Superior manufactured a wide range of products…mostly tubing/pipe tools and hex key wrenches which were sold primarily through hardware distribution.


1980’s - Superior Creates the Professional Plumbing Tool Category

In the late 1980s, Superior created a new product category for retailers—“American-Made, Professional Quality Pipe Working & Plumbing Tools”—to be merchandised in the plumbing aisles at the then-emerging big boxes and soon thereafter at smaller hardware stores and home centers. Hard-goods retailers everywhere began merchandising Superior’s professional quality tools to a wide range of end-users who do plumbing.


1990’s - Superior’s Innovation Continues

By the late 1990s, Superior intensified its development of innovative tools for plumbing and, in the new millennium, Superior has introduced such diverse and useful proprietary products as Bayonet Threadless Tubular™, SinkDrain Wrench®, Drain Stick™, ShutOff Wrench™, SuperWrenches™ and most recently the world’s first cordless power tubing cutter, the UltraCut™. These new products helped drive company growth that enabled it to receive, on three separate occasions, the Weatherhead 100 award as one of the fastest-growing companies in Cleveland—among other awards.


The New Millennium - Superior Creates A New Business Model

Cleveland is a classic “rust-belt” city struggling to re-invent itself amidst the decline of its steel and auto parts industry manufacturing base.


Superior has worked hard to create a new business model for small Midwest manufacturers

One that symbolizes the resiliency of U.S. manufacturing in meeting global challenges, the demands of large retailers, environmental concerns, and humanistic principles. Our program is certified by HUBZone Empowerment Contracting, which supports small businesses in distressed areas.


Superior manufactures the majority of its product line in the inner city of Cleveland at its wholly-owned subsidiary, Neighborhood Manufacturing. Most of the employees live in the neighborhood and walk or bus to work. Superior has worked with local grass-roots economic development groups and non-profit organizations to make this work, and has received a number of awards along the way.


Superior works mostly with local suppliers

All of whom use lean-manufacturing techniques to insure cost-effective yet high-quality materials, parts, printing, and products.


When needed, Superior works with factories overseas

We provide sophisticated global sourcing techniques to oversee carefully selected factories in the EU and Asia.


A good corporate citizen

Superior has received numerous awards, not only for its commitment to local communities, but also for its over 10-year commitment to a sheltered workshop enclave employing adults with mental retardation. United Way Services and the Cuyahoga County Commissioners have recognized Superior with numerous awards.


For 60 years Superior has stood behind every tool like no other company. Every tool has a lifetime guarantee. Every customer can expect personal telephone service from knowledgeable full-time company representatives. Superior makes it happen.


Superior’s History of Recognition

Superior has enjoyed a long history of receiving recognition for innovation, including a number of recent awards:


2007 – eVolution in Manufacturing Award from Cleveland-based MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) and Smart Business magazineDealer Design Silver Award in the Tool Category from Air Conditioning | Heating | Refrigeration News magazine


2007 – Power of Partnerships Award with Tecate Industries, a division of the Tecate Group and San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies


2007 - eVolution in Manufacturing Award from Cleveland-based MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) and Smart Business magazine


2007 – Recognized by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association for 60 years in business


2006 – Nortech Innovation AwardProduct of the Year Award for the UltraCut™ Cordless Power Tubing Cutter from Plant Engineering magazine


2002 – Nortech Innovation Award for the DrainStick™


2001 – Outstanding Partnership Initiatives recognition from Lowe’s


2001 – The Handyman Club of America’s Member-Tested Seal of Approval for the DrainStick™


2001 – Retailer’s Choice Award from Do-It-Yourself Retailing magazine for the DrainStick™


2001 – Nortech Innovation Award for Bayonet Threadless Tubular™


2000 – Finalist in the Innovators in Customer Service category of the Inc./Cisco Growing with Technology Awards


1998 – Outstanding Growth Company, on the Weatherhead 100 List of the fastest growing firms in Northeast Ohio


1997 – Outstanding Growth Company, on the Weatherhead 100 List of the fastest growing firms in Northeast Ohio


1996 – Outstanding Growth Company, on the Weatherhead 100 List of the fastest growing firms in Northeast Ohio


For 60 years Superior has stood behind every tool like no other company. Every tool has a lifetime guarantee. Every customer can expect personal telephone service from knowledgeable full-time company representatives. Superior makes it happen.

With a company culture that is intensely focused on serving the needs of users of its tools–and 60 years after its founding–Superior continues to be the dependable source for innovative products that make plumbing jobs faster and easier. And, Superior stands behind every tool like no other company–with lifetime guarantees and a commitment to personal telephone service from knowledgeable full-time company representatives.