First, we built our reputation:
Founded as Smith & Hemenway Company, Inc. in 1872 in Hill, New Hampshire, our
place in hardware history was established over 134 years ago with production of
several types of glass cutters, one of which, the "Woodward Wizard", was
patented. This unique tool, with its tiny wheel for scoring glass was among the
first in the industry and could be used as a glass breaker, can opener,
corkscrew, knife/scissor sharpener and tack hammer. Because of the "Woodward
Wizard" and other unique and dependable tools, our reputation for quality and
reliability grew. During a buying trip to Sweden, the company's founder, Landon
P. Smith, heard a blacksmith remark "those little red devils" after sparks from
a forge singed his arm. The name stuck in Smith's mind and upon his return to
the States he began to label many of the tools he sold with the RED DEVIL trade
name. By the late 19th century, do-it-yourselfers as well as professionals were
depending on our top-performing products.
Then, we built our company:
In the early 1900s, the RED DEVIL® name became synonymous with quality tools for
professional and DIY projects. In 1932, General Manager George L. Lee, Sr.
acquired the Vesco Tools Company's like of wood scrapers - the first of nearly
three dozen acquisitions designed to expand and improve the RED DEVIL line.
These acquisitions included complementary lines of painters' tools, including
wall scrapers, putty knives, glaziers' diamond points and automatic point
drivers. In all, more than 30 different manufacturers' products began carrying
the RED DEVIL brand, further popularizing our name. And the tradition continued.
In 1963, under the direction of George L. Lee, Jr., RED DEVIL acquired the
Schalk Chemical Company adding a line of adhesives, cleaners and sealants to its
growing family of products. This chemical line would quickly become a major
contributor to our business and later helped us to pioneer innovative, new
products such as ONETIME® Lightweight Spackling, the first lightweight spackling
on the market and LIFETIME® Adhesive Sealant, the first siliconized acrylic
sealant guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Today, we build America's most asked for tools and chemical products:
Red Devil, Inc. is still a privately-owned family business with state-of-the-art
manufacturing facilities in Pryor, Oklahoma. We're the only manufacturer to
offer such a broad and diversified line of hand tools and chemical products for
professional and home maintenance and improvement - more than 400 different
products in all. In addition to producing caulks, sealants and tools under our
own brand name, we also manufacture private label products for some of the
nation's largest hardware and home center chains. And, just as we did from the
start, we're still building on our reputation for quality, dependability and
innovation - guaranteeing that America's latest generation of professional
contractors and do-it-yourselfers will continue to depend on RED DEVIL products
well into the next millennium.