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Imperial® is a world renowned brand of specialty tools for HVAC/R service, tube working, electrical, automotive and industrial applications.

Imperial Dependable Under Pressure

Our Mission

Provide Specialty Tools and Solutions to Make the Job Easier

Dependable Under Pressure

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Imperial Brass Manufacturing Co.

Professional Specialty Hand Tools

Imperial is the flagship brand of Stride Tool, LLC headquartered in Glenwillow, Ohio (stridetool.com). With roots dating back over 100 years, Imperial specialty tools and solutions are known worldwide for dependability and quality, designed and manufactured to exacting standards. Imperial tools are used by professional technicians in a wide range of service and industrial applications, including heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, tube working,electrical and automotive.

 

1905 Imperial Brass Manufacturing Company, a pioneer in the manufacturing of brass valves and fittings, is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Milbar® - World-Class Quality Hand Tools

 

1995 The Milbar Corporation, a Chagrin Falls, Ohio specialty tool manufacturer, is acquired by Stride Tool. Milbar® brand safety wire twisters have been designed and manufactured in northeast Ohio for over 60 years.

 

 



1996 Stride Tool acquires the tool and accessory division of Imperial Eastman (formerly Imperial Brass) located in Niles, Illinois. The Imperial brand name, with its legacy of innovation andStride Tool Inc. in Glenwillow, Ohio excellence, expands to additional product lines under Stride Tool.

 

2004 New corporate headquarters and centralized manufacturing facility opens in Glenwillow, Ohio

2006 Imperial Ratcheting Mini Tube Cutter wins the Dealer Design Gold Award for excellence in the Tools category.


Thermal Engineering

Imperial Thermal

 

2012 Thermal Engineering Company of Mentor, Ohio, manufacturer of vacuum gauges, compressor tools, oil pumps, vacuum pumps, and other HVAC/R service accessories for over 40 years, is acquired to join the Imperial line

 

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