Our history continues in 1808, when Alexander Miller began forging hoes in “The Old Stone Shop” in Wallingford, Vermont.
It reaches back to 1876, when Caleb Jackson left his manufacturing job to start his own wheelbarrow company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And it has roots in Columbus, Ohio, where George Britton Durrell merged several steel and tool companies in 1907 to form Union Fork & Hoe.
Each of these ventures began with a big idea and a lot of hard work. Each grew as their communities grew and merged as their communities merged to stay competitive in a growing market. Today, that market is global.
The history of The AMES Companies is really the history of more than a hundred companies, and of thousands of dedicated people. Their hard work and their stories make up the history of AMES, a history our employees are still writing today.