EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- LENOX®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cutting tools, is celebrating 100 years of design and innovation. Founded in 1915 as LENOX American Saw, the company started as a hacksaw blade manufacturer with a 10-employee team. Today, as a global brand employing over 900 people and selling products in more than 70 countries, LENOX continues as a market leader in developing best-in-class products at the forefront of innovation and quality.
"The unmatched quality and durability of LENOX products is still driven by our founding mission statement, to create tools that allow customers to unlock their full potential," said Bill Burke, Newell Rubbermaid chief operating officer and group president, Tools. "Today, we continue with that same passion for innovation and the desire to provide professionals with tools that cut faster and last longer."
LENOX's history of innovation has contributed to notable advancements in the development of cutting tools. In 1920, the brand manufactured a variety of hacksaw and band saw blades before producing top-of-the-line hole saws in 1959. In 1965, LENOX introduced an electron beam welder into their manufacturing, leading to the first American-made bi-metal band saw blades being sold in North America. In 1977, LENOX expanded their hand tools and power tool accessories by introducing the first bi-metal reciprocating saw blades to the market. By 1996, LENOX became the first U.S. band saw blade manufacturer to achieve ISO certification, demonstrating the brand's commitment to meeting and surpassing customers' expectations.
In keeping with their passion for innovation, LENOX has introduced a variety of new products in 2015, with more releases to come. LENOX's new products include the Gold® Power Arc Curved Reciprocating Saw Blades, delivering up to two times longer life than standard LENOX straight blades, CAST MASTER™ XL Band Saw Blades, the new carbide band saw blade delivering superior performance in high speed aluminum cutting applications, and CircTech™ PRECISION CM200, a cermet tipped high precision circular saw blade optimized for cutting high alloy steels and tool steels.
To celebrate the past century of innovation, LENOX is running a number of promotional activities with distributor partners and end users throughout 2015 and in September will host a Centennial Celebration for employees and customers at its headquarters in East Longmeadow, MA.
LENOX, part of Newell Rubbermaid's global portfolio of leading brands, began in 1915 with a 10-employee team and a passion for bringing customers hacksaw blades that cut faster and lasted longer. Now, 100 years later, our passion hasn't changed—but our team has grown to more than 900 people who manufacture and market the LENOX products in more than 70 countries. Our ISO 9001-certified facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., boasts a 500,000 square ft., 11-acre space for designing, testing and manufacturing power tool accessories, hand tools, band saw blades and accessories.