DiversiTech Corp. announced today that it has acquired Stride Tool LLC.
Based in Glenwillow, OH, Stride Tool is a worldwide and trusted OEM manufacturer of quality American-made specialty hand tools known for proven durability. The company’s flagship brand, Imperial, was established in 1905 and enjoys a market-leading presence among HVAC/R technicians. The company’s other notable brands include Milbar, a leading brand of wire twister tools and kits; Lakeland Products, a leading brand for tube fabricating equipment; and Bright Solutions International, a leading supplier of leak detection products and specialty hand tools. Stride Tool maintains a manufacturing facility in Solon, OH, and manufacturers a variety of other products for tube working, automotive, electrical and industrial applications. The company also holds a strong patent history, with more than 60 total patents.
The acquisition enables DiversiTech to expand its HVAC/R tool product offering and increases the company’s U.S. manufacturing capabilities from five locations to six. The company already offers a broad portfolio of tool products through its hilmor line, which was acquired in 2018. New products gained through the acquisition include tube working tools, HVAC/R manifolds and hoses, wire strippers and other related products.
“Our acquisition of Stride Tool is a perfect strategic fit and furthers our mission to simplify the work of our wholesale customers and HVAC/R technicians,” said DiversiTech CEO Andy Bergdoll. “With Stride Tool, we are furthering our commitment to developing products made here in the U.S.A. and adding innovative brands that complement our existing product portfolio. We welcome Stride Tool to the DiversiTech family and continuing to better meet the needs of the HVAC/R marketplace with this venerable company in our fold.”
DiversiTech’s acquisition of Stride Tool is one of 11 acquisitions by the company in the past 28 months. The company currently offers more than 17,000 product items in over 200 product categories.
Technicians and wholesalers with questions can contact their DiversiTech or Stride Tool regional sales manager.