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1985 FIN – Allen Cold-Drawing Process Began With 1910 Patent

January 30
00:00 2015

June 10, 1985 FIN – It all began in 1910. That’s when William G. Allen obtained a patent for a cold-drawing process for making hex socket set screws.

Over the next 75 years, Allen’s company – Allen Manufacturing Company – has introduced Allen Wrenches, cap screws, tap extensions, pipe plugs, buttonheads and Allenuts.
In 1956 the company was acquired by Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company.
In 1957 the “Allen Handbook” was completed.
In the early 1980’s the company has shifted much of its tankard fastener production to Asia.
In 1985 – 75 years later – the company is restructuring its marketing processes. The company said it is making its pricing schedule to make it more attractive to stock Allen products, expanding its specials capacity, adding a new on line computer system, instituting a new buy-back policy for standard products and establishing a distributor advisory council.
Allen has manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Bloomfield, Connecticut; a warehouse in Cerritos, California; and a warehouse – International Fasteners Ltd. – in Weston, Ontario, Canada.
Allen’s machinery includes headers; Davenport, Brown and Sharp screw machines; Gindley and Wickman turning machines; hex keys machines; hot forge machinery; heat treat machines; and impact cut off machines.
Their secondary operations include turning, grinding thread roll, cut-off, point, drilling, turning, heat treat and stamping.  ©1985/2014 Fastener Industry News.
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