Milwaukee Electric Tool

The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation is an American company that develops, manufactures, and markets power tools.[2][3] It is a brand and subsidiary of Techtronic Industries.[4] Since 2016 it has been the largest supplier by volume of cordless power tools in North America.[citation needed]

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
FoundersAlbert F Siebert
HeadquartersBrookfield, Wisconsin
Key people
Steven Richman President
ProductsPower tools
Number of employees
ParentTechtronic Industries
A Milwaukee tape measure


In 1918, the firm introduced a one-handed operation, 1/4" capacity drill that was significantly lighter than others then available.[5]

A.H. Petersen and Albert F. Siebert founded the A. H. Petersen Company.[when?] The factory was destroyed by a fire in 1923 and the assets of the closed business were sold. In 1924, Siebert formed the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation.[6]

During the 1930s, Milwaukee began producing tools for the US Navy. They developed sanders, polishers, electric hammers and hand grinders. They introduced a handheld drill that could be used with a hammer action or without.[when?][6]

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation benefitted from the World War II manufacturing boom and its position as a supplier to the US Navy.[6]

It added a spring clutch to hand held sanders, grinders and circular saws which reduced their recoil.[when?][6]

The Sawzall reciprocating saw was introduced in 1951. It was the first portable reciprocating hacksaw.[6]



  • Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards - #25 best place to work, 2022[9]


  1. ^ "Milwaukee Tool to Expand Manufacturing Presence in MS, Creating over 1,200 New Jobs". PR Newswire. April 21, 2021. Archived from the original on June 4, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Marshall, Chris (January 16, 2018). "Milwaukee Tool Headquarters Building Expansion Brookfield". Woodworkers Journal. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Schuyler, David (April 11, 2016). "Milwaukee Tool to add nearly 600 jobs with HQ expansion". Archived from the original on August 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "About TTI - Techtronic Industries". Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  5. ^ "Our Company - Continuous Innovation for over 85 Years". Archived from the original on February 17, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Milwaukee Tools: The History of the Brand". Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Atlas Copco Buying US Electric-Tool Maker". The New York Times. June 22, 1995. Archived from the original on May 22, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Milwaukee Electric Tool, other units to be sold for $626.6M". Milwaukee Business Journal. August 30, 2004. Archived from the original on April 19, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Best Places to Work | Glassdoor". Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2022.

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