In 1872, Seymour Manufacturing was founded as an agricultural tool and implement manufacturer in Seymour, Indiana. Early products were grain cradles, wagon wheels,scythes, and snaths.
Julius C. Birge of St. Louis, Missouri was among the initial group of investors in the company and eventually bought out his partners to begin over a century of ownership by members of the Birge family.
Early in the 20th century, Seymour purchased the Hall Manufacturing Company of Indiana to expand the product offering into post hole diggers and earth augers. The Dunn Edge Tool Company and the North Indianapolis Cradle Works were purchased after World War I to further expand the company’s offerings.
As part of the national efforts in World War II, Seymour produced starter cartridges for airplanes, magazines for small arms and wooden wheelbarrows that required minimal metal for assembly. The company also expanded with new innovations for the farm and ranch markets including hog rings and ringers, cattle de-horners and other rugged farm tools.
The company expanded into consumer markets in the 1950’s with the launch of fireplace tools and a snow sled for children. These winter-time product offerings eventually were expanded into a full range of snow tools.
Seymour embraced the development of stronger, lightweight tools using fiberglass handles in the early 1990’s. The 1995 acquisition of Structron Corporation of San Marcos, California positioned Seymour as the market leader in tools made with handles of pultruded fiberglass composite plastics. Structron has grown to be the company’s most popular brand worldwide.
In 2004, Seymour acquired the O.P. Link Corporation, which included the O.P. Link Company of Salem, Indiana, the Sequatchie Handle Works of Sequatchie, Tennessee, the Bruner-Ivory Company of Hope, Arkansas, and the Turner-Day Handle Company of Crossville, Tennessee. These combined companies are the leading All-American manufacturers of hickory replacement handles for tools of all shapes and sizes. Today the Link operation offers 8,000 different handle patterns and has helped customers worldwide renew tools with new handles.
In 2012, Seymour Manufacturing was purchased by the shareholders of Midwest Rake Company to form Seymour Midwest. Also based in Indiana, Midwest Rake had previously acquired the Kenyon, Toolite, and Northstar brands and has a long history of manufacturing professional-grade tools. Today the family-owned company sells over 3,500 tools and 8,000 different repair handles to customers worldwide. The consolidated product offering includes a broad selection of styles, price-points, and features to appeal to both consumers and professionals.