Multi-tool category pioneer honours milestone with content celebrating its heritage, customers, employees, and emerging makers
PORTLAND, Ore. July 5, 2023 – Leatherman Tool Group, a renowned American-made brand known for its high-quality multipurpose products, is celebrating its 40th year in business. Founded by Tim Leatherman, the company was inspired by his need for practical fixes during a road trip across Europe in the 1970s. Recognizing the need for a better tool with pliers-based function, Tim Leatherman invented the Pocket Survival Tool, which became the pioneering product in this category. The first units were sold in 1983 and the brand formally located its business in Portland, Oregon, where the company continues to operate, remaining dedicated to creating innovative and durable tools to get life’s jobs done. The 40th anniversary year will start on July 5, coinciding with International Leatherman Day.
“Leatherman’s enduring commitment to quality craftsmanship has allowed the brand to become an integral companion to people’s lives for four decades,” explains Ben Rivera, CEO of Leatherman Tool Group. “While we take pride in our past accomplishments, we’re excited about the future as we tinker, innovate and relentlessly pursue the highest standards of product excellence to support the next generation of makers.”
To honour a shared spirit of ingenuity that connects its history and future, Leatherman will celebrate its 40th anniversary through a content series highlighting its founding ethos, and the individuals who embody the continued spirit of perseverance. The series started with the video “40 Years in the Making,” and will go on to showcase customer Tool Tales, employee stories, and the brand’s commitment to USA-made manufacturing.
About Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-quality multipurpose products with distribution in more than 86 countries. Built upon three principles, unwavering perseverance, ingenious design, and the ability to save the day, Leatherman has empowered people around the world to solve problems, big and small. Proudly based and manufactured in Portland, Oregon, the brand’s factory is in the same building as the company headquarters. For more information visit http://www.awesometools.co.za/brands/leatherman/ or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Leatherman.ZA/