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Master Lock Co. LLC | US Made in America Products & Company ...

Jun 29, 2011 - The “Made in USA” Lock can 'NO LONGER' be found for Home, ... every Padlock(keyed and combination) that is American made (now in 2015 ...

Master Lock Co. LLC

Updated, July 8, 2015 by contributing editors. "Search America 1st"
Always verify USA Origin
Master Lock has manufacturing facilities in China, Mexico and the USA…
“All of the internal parts for our locks are made in the US, but are assembled in Mexico. Nogales, Mexico to be exact.
Locks that are imported are made in mostly in China with some door hardware being made in the Philippines.”
The “Made in USA” Lock can ‘NO LONGER’ be found for Home, Personal, Business and Industry use. The Locking Cables for your bike are made in China.
Master Lock claims to have been “Supporting American Jobs since 1921” and use “products that are made from component parts manufactured in the USA”. When we searched for product origin of their various Master Locks, we found it hard to identify, thru the specification information tab, where they were made. Back in 2011, upon contacting a Master Lock Company Customer Solutions Representative, we received this information:
“Some of Master Lock’s Padlocks have multiple sources of supply so it is not possible to specify a country of origin strictly by the model number. The best way to identify the country of origin is to review the back of the package on a specific lock.”
Note: Back in 2014, Master Lock has a page dedicated to Supporting American Jobs that lists every Padlock (keyed and combination) that is American made (now in 2015 the page no longer exists).
Also available from Master Lock is a US made hand held .5 oz Pepper Spray and a wall mount Pepper Spray (2.5 oz) canister with a glow in the dark button.
Note: Country of Origin is subject to change on all of the Master Lock products; always verify the product your searching for is US made. See Phone # (below) and call for verification of product origin.

Lock, Padlock, Combination Lock, Pepper Spray

Visit Website: West Forest Hill Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154Map

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Master Lock Company
Founded1921; 95 years ago
HeadquartersOak CreekWisconsinU.S.
ProductsPadlockssafes, and security products
ParentFortune Brands Home & Security
Master Lock is an American company that develops padlockscombination lockssafes and related security products. Now a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Master Lock Company LLC was formed in 1921 by locksmith-inventor Harry E. Soref, and is headquartered in Oak CreekWisconsin.[1][2][3] In 1970, the company was purchased by American Brands from Soref's heirs. American Brands was later renamed to Fortune Brands, which then split on October 3, 2011 to create the Fortune Brands Home & Security company and the beverages company Beam Inc. (which was then soon purchased by Suntory).

Early company history[edit]

Before founding the company in 1921, Harry Soref had been a traveling locksmith in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,[2][3] had invented a lock for protecting military equipment,[3]and had founded the "Master Key" company for making master skeleton keys.[2] In 1919, Soref then invented a padlock design that used laminated steel layers to economically produce an exceptionally strong lock body.[3]
He tried unsuccessfully to get some large companies interested in using his design, so recruited financial backing from two friends, P. E. Yolles and Sam Stahl,[4] and founded the Master Lock company in 1921 to produce the locks himself, initially with five employees.[2][3] In 1924, he was granted the first patent on such a laminated lock design.[3] He led the company to become a major manufacturer of locks before his death in 1957.[5] However, the brand had not yet reached its peak status as an familiar consumer brand at the time of his death.[3] Sam Stahl, one of the original investors, then led the company until he also died in 1964.[5] The Soref family then took over the company management, later selling the company to the American Brands Corporation in 1970.[4]


In 2002, Master Lock released its Titanium Series of padlocks, its first major redesign in fifty years. The goal was to move the utilitarian functionality of their locks closer towards something that provided design differentials and aesthetic value. The inside of the locks was created with titanium reinforced steel, with a stainless steel body. A shroud covers parts of the stainless steel, allowing the locks to come in different colors.[6] The design was created by firm Design Continuum. Master Lock also requested that its locks be sold outside the hardware section of retailers, and have them placed in other parts of the stores.[7] The design received an Industrial Design Excellence award from Business Week in 2002.[8]
In 2010, Master Lock began offering a password manager service called Master Lock Vault that includes a web site and associated software applications for use on various devices.[9] In 2011 Master Lock’s parent company spun off a subsidiary to be named Fortune Brands Home & Security, whilst renaming itself Beam Inc. (after its product Jim Beam). Master Lock became the property of Fortune Brands Home & Security, no longer having ties to Beam and lessening the amount of other business segments it had to complete with for attention internally.[10]
In 2012, Master Lock introduced a new line of combination padlocks called the dialSpeed.[11] The dialSpeed lock is battery-operated, has a lit face, and features multiple user-programmable combinations. It has a master unlocking code that can be accessed through the company web site.[11] The product won a 2011 silver Edison Award.[8] In 2014 Master Lock acquired Sentry Safe for $117.5 million.[12] New products in the 2000s moved beyond locks themselves, including other sealing mechanisms such as industrial space covers.[13] Distribution of Master Lock products occurs through wholesale distributors that then send the locks to individual retailers.[14] Locks are made for a variety of uses, including personal locking, vehicle locking, and others.[15]

Tough Under Fire ad[edit]

In 1974, Master Lock ran a notable Super Bowl ad where one of their locks survived being shot by a sharpshooter, thereby proving its durability, thus the slogan Tough Under Fire. Master Lock would continue running similar ads during future Super Bowls, spending almost their entire annual marketing budget on the single commercial.[16] Later, Master would incorporate the image into a one second long blipvert commercial in 1998.[17]

Offshoring and re-shoring[edit]

At its peak in the early 1990s, the company employed about 1,300 workers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.[1][18] In 1993, the company began moving much of its manufacturing to China, and later also moved some manufacturing to Mexico.[1][18] Most of the jobs at its Milwaukee plant were eliminated, although the company continued to perform some of its manufacturing at the plant using heavily-automated manufacturing processes.[1]
In January 2011, it was announced that about 36 jobs were being returned from China to the Milwaukee plant, which would increase the number of positions at the plant to 379.[1][18] Most of the added jobs were for making combination locks, subassemblies and keys.[1] It was reported that the company would also continue to contract with three Chinese factories and about twenty Chinese suppliers, and operate its maquiladora near the Arizona border, where Mexican workers perform non-automated labor-intensive work such as assembling made-in-Milwaukee components.[1][19]
In February 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Master Lock headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lauded the company's recent return of jobs from overseas locations.[20] As of that time, it was reported that the company had returned about 100 jobs from overseas during the preceding two-year period.[20]