NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut Public Television will present the premiere of a new documentary, â€śThe Toolbox of America,â€ť on Thursday at 8 p.m. The documentary features the rise of the Hardware Cityâ€™s largest company, Stanley Black & Decker, and its impact on New Britain over the last 175 years.
By the early 20th century, New Britain, once known as â€śThe Great Swampâ€ť and boasting a population of less than 3,000, had become the nexus of manufacturing in America. It was home to companies like The Stanley Works, now known as Stanley Black & Decker, founded in 1843 by Fredrick Stanley.
The Stanley headquarters is located at 1000 Stanley Drive. It started as a manufacturer of bolts and hinges. Stanley brought to Connecticut what it was believed to be the first steam engine. He also brought gas lighting and railway to New Britain.
Stanley Black & Decker has a legacy driven by a commitment to serve the builders, makers and protectors of the world, according to the companyâ€™s mission statement.
â€śThe Toolbox of Americaâ€ť explores New Britainâ€™s local manufacturing revolution, with specific focus on the Stanley family and its inextricable connection to Americaâ€™s - and Connecticutâ€™s - manufacturing dominance.
The documentary includes interviews with experts and industry insiders who highlight New Britainâ€™s role in the history of manufacturing as well as how Stanley Black & Decker became a global leader that continues to support the worldâ€™s builders, makers, and innovators.
â€śThe story of New Britain in many ways reflects the story of America,â€ť said producer Bailey Pryor. â€śThrough the entrepreneurial spirit of people like the Stanleys, this small city became the building block of America. Over the years, the tools made here helped construct the tallest buildings, build the space shuttle, and keep the engine of progress moving globally.â€ť
The documentary will premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television, which is Channel 7 in New Britain, Berlin and Plainville. More information about the documentary can be found at cptv.org.