CPTV to air documentary Thursday on Stanley Black & Decker

Published on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:57
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut Public Television will present the premiere of a new documentary, “The Toolbox of America,” on Thursday at 8 p.m. The documentary features the rise of the Hardware City’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 “The Great Swamp” 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 company’s mission statement.

“The Toolbox of America” explores New Britain’s local manufacturing revolution, with specific focus on the Stanley family and its inextricable connection to America’s - and Connecticut’s - manufacturing dominance.

The documentary includes interviews with experts and industry insiders who highlight New Britain’s role in the history of manufacturing as well as how Stanley Black & Decker became a global leader that continues to support the world’s builders, makers, and innovators.

“The story of New Britain in many ways reflects the story of America,” said producer Bailey Pryor. “Through 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.”

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.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:57. Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:59.