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Monday, June 16, 2014

History of Ohio Tool Co.

Ohio Tool Co. made cement tools, including a groover. Ohio Tool Co. had plants in Columbus, Ohio, Auburn, New York, and South Charleston, West Virginia. Their best-known products were planes, drawn knives, spoke shaves, and wood chisels.

Ohio Tool Co. began in 1823 in Columbus, Ohio, and was incorporated in 1851 by Peter Hayden with George Gere as president. In 1893 they merged with Auburn Tool Co. of Auburn, New York, and as Ohio Tool Co. maintained factories in both locations for 20 years. In 1906 the principals were William G. Miller and James E. Jones. The Columbus facility was damaged in the March 1913 flood. In the same year Ohio Tool Co. built a new factory in what became South Charleston, West Virginia, and moved equipment from Columbus and Auburn. When the South Charleston plant opened in 1914, Mr. Jones was president and it employed 75 men and 3 women. According to The Iron Age Vol. 101, January 17, 1918, Ohio Tool Co. sold its building and Mr. Jones returned to Columbus. According to other sources, the company stopped operations in 1920.

The groover pictured below is on US eBay, and is unusual because the lettering is appears twice. The pattern was probably pressed into the sand twice, the second time upside down.

Ohio Tool Co. Auburn NY No. 742 
Ohio Tool Co. Auburn NY No. 742 

Ohio Tool Co. advertisement 1911

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