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lellison
12-08-2004, 07:07 PM
I've seen some tools advertised on websites in this way "Martin (originally Manufactored by Fairmount)". Does anyone know the story behind this? Did Martin Tools buy out Fairmount Tool & Forging? What Martin Tools is that and where are they located? Any information on what happened to the original Fairmount Tools & Forging would be greatly appreciated.

John Garner
12-08-2004, 10:04 PM
lellison --

The old Cleveland-based Fairmount Tool and Forging was at some point in the 1960's (IIRC) purchased by Houdaille Industries and operated as division of Houdaille for several years.

Then, when Houdaille went belly-up in the early 1980's, the carcass of the Houdaille conglomerate was divided and the pieces that could be sold were sold.

Martin Sprocket and Gear of Fort Worth, Texas bought the remains of Fairmount business and moved production to their Fort Worth plant. Martin continued to use the Fairmount name on tools for a couple of years, but soon discarded the Fairmount name in favor of their own name.

John

John Garner
12-09-2004, 08:49 PM
lellison --

Hmm, looks like I had some bad information about the move to Forth Worth.

This is copied from another website:

The History of Fairmount Tool


Fairmount Tool & Forge began operations in 1917. The operation started in a blacksmith shop on Cleveland’s east side. The first products produced were the utility
wrench and several hammers and dollies for “horseless carriage” repair. These products were produced over the next few years and were sold direct to automobile
companies.

In 1925, independent demand for these tools, and more like them, resulted in the installation of the first forging hammers at Fairmount. The product line was
expanded to cover more specialized tools for auto body repair and additional assorted wrenches. As the country began to recover from the great depression, Fairmount
added additional forging equipment in the late 1930's to produce commercial forgings for the auto industry.

In the early years of the 1940’s, the World War II requirements had Fairmount running three shifts producing forgings for tanks. The demand for special tools increased
and became the nucleus of the Fairmount product line.

In the late 1940’s, with the war effort behind them, Fairmount returned to the automotive market. The body and fender repair tool product line was expanded to include
over forty items. A “how to manual” was published and was used nationwide in training returning servicemen for the civilian work force.

During the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Fairmount continued to expand it’s tool line focusing on the special and heavy duty industrial tool market with a distribution network of
over 1,300 Industrial distributors nationwide. Fairmount also provided commercial forgings for machine tool O.E.M.’s and the trucking industry.

In 1953, Fairmount went from private ownership to a division of Frontier Industries. In 1956, Houdaille Hershey purchased Frontier Industries. In early 1983, Fairmount
moved it’s entire operation to Fort Worth, Texas. Fairmount remained a division of Houdaille Industries until July of 1984 when Martin Sprocket & Gear acquired
Fairmount and Fort Worth Steel and Machinery from Houdaille Industries.

You can see the original at http://jeepownersclub.co.nz/forum/viewtopic.php?t=427

John