As a global manufacturer and marketer of power tools/accessories, hardware, home improvement products, and technology-based fastening systems, Black & Decker has established a reputation for product innovation, high-quality, durable design, and value. With worldwide recognition, Black & Decker has unsurpassed global distribution of hardware and tools.
Based in Towson, Maryland, Black & Decker was founded in 1910 by S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker. In 1917, the company invented a portable electric drill and quickly received a patent for a pistol grip and trigger switch. In the years that followed, the company's success led to entry into foreign markets, and later, the development and acquisition of individual tool lines, such as DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Delta, and more. As of March, 2010, Black and Decker is now owned by another great company Stanley Tools.