Worthington Acquires General Tools & Instruments

Worthington Industries, Inc. announced Monday it has acquired General Tools & Instruments Company LLC (General Tools), a provider of over 1,200 specialized tools with a nearly 100-year history.

The acquisition broadens Worthington’s consumer products brands in niche tools and outdoor living. General Tools’ brands include General, Garden-Weasel, Pactool International and Hawkeye and are focused in categories including environmental health & safety, precision measurement & layout, home repair & remodel, lawn & garden and specific purpose tools.

“The acquisition of General Tools expands our thriving consumer products portfolio, complementing our existing brands in niche tools and outdoor living with attractive end-markets,” said President and CEO Andy Rose. “General Tools brings a strong history and a proven new product development process with demonstrated speed to market. Their team is outstanding, and this acquisition will deepen our expertise in consumer products and broaden our relationships with blue chip customers allowing us to deliver more products, innovation and value.”

General Tools is headquartered in Secaucus, N.J., with an additional location in Shanghai, China and employs approximately 60 people. The management team will continue to run the business. The purchase price was approximately $115 million, subject to closing adjustments, funded with existing cash. In calendar year 2020, General Tools generated net revenue of $68.2 million.