Our Story

Our story started about 100 years ago during a period of marked progress, accomplishment and innovation in American history. From the hustle, bustle of Manhattan where our Ullman brand originated and the inland forest of Maine where our Saunders brand originated, to the wind-swept plains of Indiana where our Midwest brand originated and the idyllic sun-drenched hills of California where our NUPLA brand originated; our roots are a uniquely American story of free-enterprise, grit and innovation.

The founders of the Saunders Midwest brands shared a passion for innovation and the drive to continuously improve their inventions. They each built their businesses from the streets to the board room, focused on the unique challenges their customers faced day-to-day. NUPLA’s innovative tension / continuous / parallel chemical pultrusion created tools 10x stronger than wood and 3x stronger than ordinary fiberglass. Ullman’s x-ray technology was used in the Manhattan project. Saunders’s aluminum metal bending and assembly revolutionized the clipboard container business. And the founders of Midwest custom-built equipment available nowhere in the world to create the finest, highest-tolerance wood strips and sheets in the world.

More recently, Saunders Midwest, LLC was formed through the merger of Saunders Mfg. and Midwest Products Co., Inc.; and the acquisitions of Ullman Devices, NUPLA Corp. and Hisco, Inc. Saunders Midwest, LLC is privately-owned and managed by Castleray, LLC. Castleray is a private holding company formed in 2005 by two partners with an engineering background and a shared vision and ambition to build a meaningful manufacturing business in the United States. After delivering top-of-market investment returns for 15 years, the partners of Castleray are working with the people of Saunders Midwest, LLC to build a US-based exceptional manufacturing operating company.

With both the company’s and the Saunders Midwest’s team’s roots planted squarely in the fertile fields of innovation and continuous improvement, Saunders Midwest today creates tools and related products for the professional trades. We focus on continuously improving our products and our business through innovation and Kaizen so that our customers reap the rewards of our efforts through professionally durable tools that enable them to get their job done reliably every day.

Headquartered in downtown Chicago, and with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Maine, Connecticut, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and California; our employees go to work every day to build tools that help drive our customers’ businesses.

Vision

Saunders Midwest is an innovator of professional hand-tools, consumer and office products for professional trades people, mobile workers and arts & crafts enthusiasts. We operate in two segments: Professional Hand-Tools and Consumer & Office Products. Our products are professional, durable and engineered for success. We solve our customers’ challenges by delivering quality on-time, every time, at a fair price. We think long term. We insist on the highest standards. We seek to innovate. We are honest and humble. We work hard everyday to earn and keep your trust.

Our Locations

  1. Headquarters, Chicago, IL
  2. Midwest Products, Hobart, IN
  3. Saunders, Readfield, ME
  4. Distribution, Meridian, MS
  5. Ullman Devices, Ridgefield, CT
  6. NUPLA, Sun Valley, CA
  7. HISCO, Oklahoma City, OK