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C.F. Cooper – The Long History of a Family Tool Business

The Cooper family name has been associated with the tool industry for more than a century and its excellence, you could say, has always been a family affair. The legacy of the company begins in 1886 when Clarence Frederick Cooper was born in Wallingford, CT.  In his youth - Clarence was a handyman and spent his later life working at Stanley® Tools. He had a keen sense of fairness, quality and a strong work ethic.  Reaching the age of 101 years, his passion for always improving and updating quality tools was carried on by three successive generations who also followed in the tool industry, the most recent being Clarence’s grandson Gerry Cooper, and great-grandson, Dan Cooper, who today manages the CF Cooper business. Its success is the result of their never-ending commitment to promote the evolution and development of smarter, high quality tools that work better, faster and easier with innovative features the workingman can afford.

Today, the tool family tradition continues as C.F. COOPER® developes and distributes professional grade hand and power tools and accessories for trades and craftsmen around the world.

C.F. Cooper’s success as a company spans three generations following Clarence Cooper himself:

Gerald Cooper, Sr.

Clarence’s son Gerald joined Stanley right out of college in 1936 at the depths of the Depression, starting as a worker in the boiler room just to have a job.  In the ensuing years, he moved into manufacturing drapery hardware, rising to become plant manager by 1955, then becoming vice president of The Stanley Works, a job he held until his untimely death at age 54 in 1968.  During his career, he was a member of his college’s board of trustees, superintendent of his Sunday school, a lifetime Rotarian and self-taught do-it-yourself builder of pine furniture.

Gerald Cooper, Jr.

Clarence’s grandson, Gerry also joined Stanley after his college graduation in 1966, moving from programming Stanley’s computers to positions in accounting, finance, purchasing and manufacturing.  In 1986, Stanley moved Gerry and his family to Taiwan where he lived for 19 years setting up Stanley sales offices and factories in Singapore, Taiwan and China.  In 2001, after 35 years, Gerry retired from Stanley and started his own hand tool sourcing and engineering company that he expanded in 2007 to include an assembly and packaging factory.  Gerry is chairman of C.F. Cooper, Inc. 

Daniel Cooper

Clarence’s great-grandson Dan joined Stanley – after graduating from college – as a sales representative in the Taiwan office. In 1994, he joined American Tool Companies – now Irwin® Tools –as its Asia sales manager selling Vise-Grip® tools for eight years. In 2003, Dan joined Cooper Tools, now Apex™ Tool Group, as its director of Asian sales and operations.  Through his employment at these three companies, Dan created strong relationships with both suppliers and customers.   His background of more than 25 years in Asia, combined with his industry work experience and family heritage, have served him well as the current president of C.F. Cooper, Inc.

Beltway Supply, Inc.

Auto-Grip™ is distributed by Beltway Supply Inc., a Springfield, VA-base woman-owned small business which is the exclusive distributor of C.F. Cooper® products in North America.

Our main product is the Auto-Grip™ locking pliers. We also distribute a similarly innovative self-adjusting, one-handed slip-joint (groove) pliers.

Beltway Supply, Inc. is a member of STAFDA


Beltway Supply, Inc. is certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Small, Women and Minority Owned business (SWaM), is registered on Virginia's eProcurement Portal (eVA) and is a registered vendor in the U.S. Government System for Award Managment (SAM).

AUTO-GRIP™ is a member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce located in Springfield, Virginia.


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