A Legacy Brand History

1896

Thomas Briggs invented a revolutionary way to bind books together with wire using what later became known as the wire stitcher. Shortly after he founded the Boston Wire Stitcher Company.

1903

The first foot-operated Boston Wire Stitchers were produced. Efficient and unique in design, they were an immediate success.

1904

Production moved to East Greenwich, Rhode Island and employing 80 workers.

1906

The Bostitch Model A Staple Binder was developed. It used the first preformed staples on tin cores, which were held together by paper wrapping.

1914

The first ever portable stapler, the Bostitch Model AO was produced. Its compact design and simplified loading allowed for widespread use.

1917

During World War I, Bostitch was tasked by the US War Department to develop a new machine gun cartridge belt and loading system to improve productivity in ordinance factories.

1923

Featuring an inexpensive stamped steel construction, the Bostitch Model B-1 Desk Stapler was the first to use a coiled pusher spring.Production moved to East Greenwich, Rhode Island and employing 80 workers.

1924

Bostitch introduced the first strip of easy-to-load "cemented" staples, which became the "standard staple" still used today.

1925

The Bostitch "E" Machine Line of foot and motor operated staplers are invented for use in production.

1927

Bostitch launches its "C" Line of portable, heavy duty staplers.

1928

The "F" Line of Bostitch foot and motor operated staplers are created for fastening the bottoms of boxes and containers.

1932

Bostitch acquired the Bliss-Latham corporation, making Bostitch the largest producer of wire stitchers in the world.

1940

The iconic, "three-in-one" Bostitch B8 Stapler is invented.  Marketed as a stapler, tacker and stapling plier, the B8's low cost and compact design was a pioneer in stapling convenience.

1941

During World War II, Bostitch devoted all of its facilities to the war effort, producing 20,000,000 square yards of camouflage netting and 200,000 Browning Automatic Rifles.

1948

The Boston Wire Stitcher Company officially changed its name to "Bostitch", a play on the words "Boston" and "Stitcher".

1965

During World War II, Bostitch devoted all of its facilities to the war effort, producing 20,000,000 square yards of camouflage netting and 200,000 Browning Automatic Rifles.

1970

Ideal for rugged construction, Bostitch introduced the N16 Portable Framing Nailer.

1976

America turns 200, Bostitch turns 80.

1982

Bostitch revolutionized the roofing industry with the world's first coil roofing nailer, the N12.

1986

The Stanley Works of New Britain, Connecticut acquired Bostitch from Textron.

1993

Bostitch launches its 20 Sheet Electric Desktop Stapler, which was 3x faster than anything on the market. It became so popular that it remains the best-selling electric stapler to this day.

2005

The QuietSharp™ line of Bostitch pencil sharpeners was produced, featuring exceptional noise reduction, powerful motors and maximized safety features.

2006

Bostitch launched the world's first line of antimicrobial protected staplers, punches and pencil sharpeners.

2010

The world's first electric pencil sharpener with a patented, replaceable cutter cartridge, the Bostitch QuietSharp™ Glow is produced.

2012

Bostitch launches a line of premium, Stanley brand scissors for the classroom, office, home and craft use.

2012

The Bostitch EZ Squeeze™ Stapling line is produced, featuring a revolutionary design that allows stapling of two to a hundred sheets with a single staple size.

2013

Bostitch launches the Dynamo™, the only three-in-one stapler to feature an integrated pencil sharpener, staple remover and staple storage.

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