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Central Tools Inc. is the leading manufacturer of precision measuring
tools and handheld fluorescent work
lights marketed for the automotive repair industry. Central
Tools employs people in its Cranston, RI facility dedicated to
supplying the highest quality products at reasonable prices. Our
ultimate goal is to satisfy the customer in every way possible
and strive for that goal every day.
Central Tools' history began in 1908 as a factory making machinery
to form gold dental caps. The founder of the company then invented
a unique digital micrometer with the first patents issued in 1912.
This began the company's transformation to a precision measuring
Early customers were industrial based and this lead to Central
being granted contracts as a wartime manufacturer. In fact, some
of the wartime certified manufacturing equipment still exists
in the plant to this day.
During the 1960's, Central began long standing relationships with
popular automotive tool mobile jobber companies and also added
many automotive tool and equipment distributors to it's customer
list. This completed another transformation, from an industrial
based supplier to a manufacturer that focused on the automotive
repair industry. In the 1990's, this focus grew even stronger
with the addition of a line of hand held fluorescent work lights.
This line of lights is designed to be the most durable and rugged
line of it's type available and has rapidly become the work light
of choice for the most discerning automotive technicians and shop
2012 Central acquired the assets and brand name of Moody
Tools. The Moody name is synonymous with premier precision
hand tools and miniature screwdrivers used by technicians and
In September 2015 Central acquired the assets of King
Tool located in Montana. The operations were relocated to
Cranston, RI. King has similar products to Moody as well as other
To this day, Central continues its commitment to quality and customer
satisfaction, as a family owned company. Honesty and integrity
are key words used throughout the entire organization. The end
result is a product and a company you can trust.