Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vanished Tool Brands: Lucky taps and dies

You have to think that this brand name may have been suggested by the shape of the holes, reminiscent of a four-leaf clover.

"Lucky" was a brand of the Vermont Tap and Die Corporation founded in 1920 by Allen Harrison in Newport, Vermont.  It was purchased by another owner in 1930, who moved it to Lyndonville Vermont in 1929.  The original plant building was very unique for its time, having two levels with rows of windows all around. Vermont Tap & Die is now a part of the Greenfield Industries empire, which includes  Cleveland, Chicago-Latrobe, Cle-Line, Cle-Force, Bassett, and Putnam Tools. In 2009, Greenfield Industries became part of the Top-Eastern Group (TDC), the world's largest manufacturer of twist drills. The same year, the original Lydonville plant, which had been purchased by Kennametal of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was shut down for a period of time to save money.  

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