Stanley Black & Decker supports a jobs-led post-COVID-19 recovery supported by business leadership and public policies that incentivize expanding supply chains and manufacturing in the U.S., support innovative workforce development programs, and align with our Purpose, values, and commitments to our employees, communities, suppliers and customers.
We recognize the important role we play in solving societal challenges, such as:
- The advanced manufacturing transformation;
- Modernizing workforce development programs; and
- Improving the accessibility of opportunities inside and outside the company for underserved and minority populations.
Stanley Black & Decker is also proud to do its part in leading the creation of an advanced manufacturing economy that puts people first, improves efficiency and technology in manufacturing, and reindustrializes America.
Stanley Black & Decker is Leading a Human-Centric Advanced Manufacturing Transformation that Supports People and Technological Transformation
Our operating model centers around the intersection of people and technology, recognizing that success in modern manufacturing brought about by the 4th Industrial Revolution will require new skills, including digital skills, that make U.S. manufacturing and operations more competitive.
- Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence: In 2019, we opened our 23,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, called “Manufactory 4.0,” in downtown Hartford, CT. The Manufactory serves as the nerve-center of Stanley Black & Decker’s Industry 4.0 transformation. It is designed to more rapidly test and deploy technologies at our many manufacturing facilities and deeply engage with a wide range of public and private partners. The Manufactory is also an innovation hub for the local region, helping our manufacturing community, including suppliers and customers, evolve into advanced manufacturing and to re-develop Connecticut as a leading market for advanced manufacturing in the United States.
- Human Centric Upskilling and Reskilling: Many advanced manufacturing jobs, which will be increasingly dependent on technological skills, will require skilling and upskilling of roles to fulfill. Stanley Black & Decker is leading this skilling and upskilling through organizing the ecosystem of stakeholders – companies, academia, technical schools, non-profits, governments, community organizations, and civil society – to develop programs and solutions that are accessible across all parts of society, including minority and underserved populations. Moreover, due to the displacement of many jobs and workers from the COVID-19 crisis, these programs must be accessible to the broad swath of new entrants into manufacturing who can continue to help accommodate the growth of manufacturing in the U.S.
- Ecosystem Approach: Stanley Black & Decker is committed to doing our part to lead this ecosystem of stakeholders in the communities where we operate. In October 2020, for example, we worked with our non-profit partner, the Business Higher Education Forum, to secure a grant in Connecticut that supports the development of a digital skills credentialing program to develop new pathways to digital careers, including for individuals unemployed due to COVID-19. An estimated 2,200 learners will benefit from the initial phase of this initiative.
Stanley Black & Decker is Committed to U.S. Manufacturing and Job Creation
Stanley Black & Decker is a leading global manufacturer of hand and power tools, industrial equipment, and engineered fastening solutions, and we have recently increased our manufacturing in the U.S. so that roughly 40% of what we sell in the U.S., we make in the U.S. with global materials.
We are committed to our company’s “Make Where We Sell” strategy here in America and around the globe. In fact, we are increasing production in the U.S., building new factories, creating jobs, and contributing to our national and local economies and communities. We are proud to employ 19,000 people across 49 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Our employees make tape measures in New Britain, Connecticut, CRAFTSMAN toolboxes in Sedalia, Missouri and DEWALT power tools in Jackson, Tennessee and Fort Mill, South Carolina. We are re-Americanizing the CRAFSTMAN brand, taking significant steps toward making more CRAFTSMAN products in the U.S. And in 2021, we will open a greenfield hand tool manufacturing facility in Ft. Worth, Texas that will create 500 new jobs.
We encourage government leaders at all levels of government to consider incentives that help companies like ours continue to invest in U.S. manufacturing and job creation.