THE ADJUSTABLE wrench, often called the Crescent wrench, has been a toolbox essential for generations. Early motorists used them extensively to make repairs on the fly. The only tools Charles Lindbergh brought on his famous solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927 were pliers and a Crescent wrench. And in the early 1960s, astronauts on NASA’s Gemini missions carried a Crescent wrench with them into space.

Crescent Brand Tools (originally called the Crescent Tool Company) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It’s no mistake that Lindbergh and NASA chose Crescent tools for their journeys. Since its inception, the company has been synonymous not only with the Crescent wrench, but with quality.

Company founder Karl Peterson believed that quality and reliability, rather than price, would create loyal customers. He selected highly skilled craftsmen for the hands-on manufacturing and experienced

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Name: Cooper Hand Tools. Crescent is one of 14 brand names in Cooper’s line.

COURTESY COOPER HAND TOOLS

Employees: 5,000 globally

and inventive tradesmen to run the company.

Address: 1000 Lufkin Road Apex, NC 27539

Phone: (919) 387-0099

The ubiquitous wrench’s name, by the way, doesn’t come from its shape. The company name was selected in an employee contest in 1907.

Web site: www.cooper handtools.com

Products at Costco:
The 130-piece Mechanic’s
Tool Set and the 195-piece
Professional Tool Set from
Crescent are available in
Costco warehouses—just in
time for Father’s Day.

During Crescent’s first 25 years, Peterson helped design nearly half of the plant’s machinery. The company remained a family-owned operation until 1960, when Marvin Peterson, Karl’s only son, sold it to a holding company. In 1968, Cooper Industries, the parent company of Cooper Hand Tools, another manufacturer of professional-quality tools, purchased Crescent, adding the Crescent name to its line ofquality products. Crescent’s original commitment to The only tools Charles Lindbergh building reliable tools remains a corner- brought on his famous solo flight stone of Cooper Hand Tools today as the across the Atlantic in 1927 were company celebrates a century of excel- lence.—Will Fifield pliers and a Crescent wrench.

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