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Company Story

For more than three decades, A&L Handles has been a trusted manufacturer of custom plastic handles for screwdrivers, chisels and nut drivers. Their designs are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors and include cushion grip handles, storage handles, ergonomic and molded handles.

A&L’s customization also includes extruded plastic rod lengths, injection molded handles and optional injection molded parts for more complex shapes.

From tooling and printing to painting and drilling, A&L has the experience and ability to design and manufacture products for a wide range of unique customer needs and processes.

A&L has also developed a multitude of extrusion profiles to help obtain a high quality product with minimal tooling costs.

Company History

Following World War II, Al Wetty formed a screwdriver handle company with his father and brother called S.A. Wetty & Sons. In fact, his father, Stephen, was the first person to apply for a patent for the invention of the ball-bearing universal joint. Proving that an inventor’s spirit ran in the family, Al went on to create a co-extrusion machine that allowed for the production of the two-color rod (otherwise called inlay or striping).

In 1970 the family business was sold to Stanley Works (Stanley Tools) and then in 1976, Al came out of retirement to found A&L Handles, Inc with his son Les. The company became a fully-owned subsidiary of Pratt-Read Corporation in 1999, and then part of the IDEAL INDUSTRIES family when IDEAL acquired Pratt-Read in 2010.

Today, with the guidance and support of the IDEAL family, A&L and its dedicated employees are better positioned for success than they ever have been. 

Website: www.alhandles.com

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