Thursday, February 27, 2014
Vanished Tool Brands: Upland Forge, Upland, Pennsylvania
Above, a socket and a wrench. Although they both are stamped "Upland", I don't know if they came from the same manufacturer. Both are stamped U.S.A. The wrench is old, though, as it's been a long time since 19/32" was a common size. So, if it is the same company, they were around for a while.
According to an unconfirmed source on the web, Upland Forge was a brand of Upland Industries in Upland, Pennsylvania. Their name is most often seen on wrenches and pliers. The company changed ownership in 1967, when the family sold the firm to a larger corporation. At this point, Upland Industries became the Upland Corporation. They were primarily makers of mechanics hand tools, and their primary customer was the US government (GSA contracts). They were allegedly bought by Emerson Electric in 1979.
Below, from ebay:
Today, Upland Forge lives on in a small way as Hexcraft, which was also a founder of Chesco Products (which is now owned by Irwin). Both Hexcraft and Chesco are brands of Allen keys.