During the 1850s, the steel industry flourished throughout the United States, creating a high demand for ash timber, which is the wood used for tool handles because of its weight, strength and size. A lot of steel goods companies opened in response to this demand. And after a century and a half of mergers and consolidation, the most enduring company, founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1890, has spawned--the company we know today as UnionTools.
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During the first 40 years, the company marketed a core product line of forks, hoes, rakes and repair handles. In 1936, the first move to a broader product line occurred with the introduction of the Razor-Back shovel. The Razor-Back industrial tool line is now recognized as the professional standard of excellence in shovels and other long-and short-handled tools.