Cornwell Tools was founded in 1919 by Eugene Cornwell, a blacksmith, in Ohio. The company manufactures their own line of automotive and diesel tools for the working professional. Two machining plants, one in Ohio, the other in Pennsylvania, produce items such as ratchets, sockets, wrenches, air tools, pry bars, screwdrivers, and chisels. Similar to MAC and SnapOn Tools, hand tools have a lifetime warranty.
Tools are sold by local franchise distributors, each of whom works a given area. Franchise owners drive trucks filled with tools to local works sites. Many franchise owners offer no interest credit to their customers.
While many franchises work their own assigned area, others are also known to sell at auto shows, gun shows, and tool shows to the everyday handy man who is not a professional mechanic.