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Footprint Tools

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1921 Company incorporated[1], presumably by John James Jewitt

1932 Acquired Alfred Ridge and Sons

1948 Acquired Thomas R Ellin (Footprint Works) Ltd

1948 Acquired by the Jewitt family

1950 Acquired John Bull (Edge tool makers), C H Jenkinson (Cold chisel & bolster makers), Stockport Tool Co (Hand drill makers) & Charles W Bacon (Wooden handle turners).

1966 The first full length forgings of cold chisels and bolsters were produced - the first company in the world to do this; the method has now been adopted globally by many manufacturers.

1968 All the companies owned by the Jewitt family were merged into one, including:

The name was changed to Footprint Tools Limited, trading under the brand Footprint.

This became one of the largest family-owned, hand tool manufacturers in the UK.

1974 Introduced hand drills with a Jacob’s key tightening chuck.

2006 Footprint Tools bought the machinery, stock and order book of Whitehouse, the Midlands-based hammer manufacturer.

2008 Sold the premises in Hollis Croft, Sheffield and acquired new premises in Owlerton, Sheffield known as Admiral Works.

2009 Business restructured and rationalised under the name Footprint Sheffield Limited. Sold the hammer division of G. Gibson and Co

Footprint Tools is still owned by the Jewitt family, currently in their fourth generation of family members working there.

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Sources of Information

  1. Companies' House
  • [1] Footprint Tools