Marshalltown United States


Marshalltown USA is holding a series of hiring events to find workers for its Fayetteville plant. Jobs start at $20 an hour and offer full benefits.

Applicants may apply in person Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marshalltown USA facility at 2200 S. Industrial Drive in Fayetteville.

Marshalltown USA will also be hosting interviews on Monday, May 23 in Springdale at 922 E. Emma Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in the West Fork at 222 Weber Street from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.

The company, world famous for its cement trowels, has been based in Fayetteville since 1982, but the company’s history is much longer.

The Williams brothers begin

In 1890 Jesse and Lester Williams opened a small machine shop on East Church Street, repairing bicycles and automobiles and filling occasional tool orders for local contractors. A local plasterer requested that they customize some tools for him. The customer was pleased with the product improvement and new requests poured in. The Williams brothers made a few more trowels and brought them to market. Word traveled quickly and they began to receive orders from out of state. Their little shop quickly grew into a manufacturing and mail-order business, and the brothers thought they were doing quite well.

The men needed more space and they moved to 8th Avenue South in 1902. They built a two-story machine shop, blacksmith shop, and auto shop, as well as a boiler room, hall machines and an office. They began specializing in trowels and called this part of the business “Marshalltown Trowel Works”. Sales increased. Brothers and salesman Albert Higgin officially incorporated the “Marshalltown Trowel Company” in 1905.

New markets

MARSHALLTOWN relied on word of mouth advertising and sold directly to customers who found them. In 1909, however, Jesse and Al embarked on a major marketing campaign. They loaded up a sales truck full of trowels and traveled across the plains, mountains and across the country. The men actively pursued sales and created a network of distributors, collecting more orders along the way. Sales increased exponentially in the United States and Canada. To meet demand, MARSHALLTOWN has invested in new buildings and machinery. Its workforce grew and advances in production methods increased its efficiency.

The world wars introduced MARSHALLTOWN to new markets. In 1918, MARSHALLTOWN sent 18,000 trowels overseas for the US Army, in support of his country’s war efforts. Soldiers assigned to work at European construction sites, including France’s Pershing Stadium, did so using Marshalltown trowels. When the wars ended, many immigrant builders and plasterers returning to Europe took their MARSHALLTOWN trowels with them, insisting on using only the best tools available, even though they often cost more than European brands. Orders poured in and MARSHALLTOWN experienced unprecedented demand.

Modern modes of communication and transportation have made it easier for goods and purchase orders to cross the ocean. In 1930, MARSHALLTOWN was the largest exclusive manufacturer of masonry tools in the world. The company won the presidential E-price in 1975 for outstanding performance in export sales. Six years later, he received the E-Star Award for its continued contribution to the country’s balance of trade.

Growth and expansion

Sales were good and MARSHALLTOWN was gaining worldwide recognition. Demand exceeded the company’s production capabilities, and after much discussion and deliberation, MARSHALLTOWN established its subsidiary, “Marshalltown Tools”, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The company began production at its new factory in 1982 and added offices in 1983. Eventually it also moved its shipping and distribution to Arkansas.

MARSHALLTOWN has been fortunate to acquire several brand lines over the years. In 1969, MARSHALLTOWN purchased the Construction Machinery Company (“CMC”) line of power trowels in Waterloo, Iowa. CMC’s machine was one of the few on the market that automatically stopped when the user released the lever, and these became the first motorized machines in the MARSHALLTOWN line.

MARSHALLTOWN introduced its Quality Line Tools (“QLT”) brand as another alternative in 1992. This line offers quality tools at prices attractive enough for contractors.

In 2002, MARSHALLTOWN expanded its paint and wallpaper line by acquiring Embee (formerly Murray-Black) in Springfield, Ohio. It incorporated a full line of putty knives and scrapers, paint scribers, glass cutters and glazing tools, joint rollers and other hanging items.

In 2003, MARSHALLTOWN purchased the concrete portion of Superior Featherweight Tools, from Custom Building Products in Seal Beach, California. This involved adding the Rock-It™ Adjustable Float Brackets and Mini Rock-It™ Adjustable Angle Adapters, specifically.

In 2010, MARSHALLTOWN hosted “The Power of Red” by Cleform Tool Corporation. Its acquisition of the St. Joseph, Missouri company included a wide line of concrete products, Gilson concrete and mortar mixers, a wide line of shovels and long-handled tools, as well as asphalt tools and sealing coating.

MARSHALLTOWN acquired Spin Screed, the world’s first lightweight motorized roller screed, in 2018. The Quincy, Illinois company specializing in roller screeds, hoses, chair support systems and other related products.

In 2019, MARSHALLTOWN acquired Clark Tile Company, Inc. in Batavia, Illinois. The company was best known for its patented all-plastic notched trowels.

MARSHALLTOWN acquired Barco Industries in 2019. The company manufactured products for the brick, concrete, drywall and tile trades.

In 2019, MARSHALLTOWN purchased Bullet Tools, a Hayden, Idaho company specializing in state-of-the-art flooring shears, siding shears, and insulation cutters.

MARSHALLTOWN has acquired Avalanche! in the fall of 2020. The company was based in Maple Lake, Minnesota and specialized in roof snow removal systems.

MARSHALLTOWN ended 2020 with the purchase of Minneapolis-based Gatorback, a company specializing in high-end mortar boards and mortar molds.

New products

When a better tool is made… MARSHALLTOWN will! MARSHALLTOWN was the first to offer some of the most innovative changes in its industry. Its spirit of innovation has been evident from the start and the continuous development of its products has helped the company achieve and maintain its status as a quality standard since 1890.

From the beginning, the Williams brothers customized and improved the tools they made for their customers. MARSHALLTOWN introduced its Xtralite® finishing trowel in 1928 – the forged aluminum fixture was a big change and upgrade from the heavier malleable iron fixture that had been used for decades. The company also began offering aluminum hawks and darbies as lighter alternatives to the traditional heavier wooden versions. In 1930, MARSHALLTOWN employee JB Troutner received a patent for a handle that would be molded over a brick trowel to prevent twisting. MARSHALLTOWN’s innovation continued as the company developed new products like Enforcer™ Drywall Texture Sprayer and further improved existing products by adding indestructible bumpers to stop fungus formation. on brick trowel handles and developing patented technology to offer PermaShape® trowels.

Perhaps one of the company’s greatest successes came in the early 1990’s when MARSHALLTOWN was the first company to put a soft grip on a construction tool, revolutionizing the hand tool industry. MARSHALLTOWN has obtained several patents and registered the DuraSoft® trademark. All of its DuraSoft® handles feature a unique black plastic core and “brick red” soft-grip material easily recognized by tradesmen. Today, MARSHALLTOWN offers its familiar “brick red” handles on hundreds of tools, including trowels, pointers, jointers and runners, hawks, bandknives, jointers and jointers. putty, edgers, groovers, floats and darbies, chisels, rasps, cones. , utility knives, sanders, squeegees, texture guns, seam rollers, saws, scrapers, winter/snow tools, siding and roofing.

The future

Marshalltown Trowel changed its name in 2003. The company has long since become more than just a “trowel” supplier and now offers over 7,000 products for professionals and do-it-yourselfers in asphalt, brick, concrete, drywall, EIFS, flooring, paint. , plaster, stucco, tile and wallpaper. To its customers and others in the industry, the company is known for the best tools and is known by one name: MARSHALLTOWN.

A far cry from the small machine shop the Williams brothers started in 1890, MARSHALLTOWN is now one of the largest tool makers in the world. Despite its growth and innovation, the company has remained true to its roots. He always makes top quality tools and always uses honesty and square treatment. However, staying true to his roots doesn’t mean he hasn’t changed. MARSHALLTOWN continues to make major improvements to its manufacturing and distribution infrastructure and processes to ensure it can continue to serve its customers well into the future.

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