Snap-on is a leading US designer, manufacturer and marketer of tools and equipment to professional tool users. It was founded in 1920. Snap-on is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.
Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann formed the Snap-on Wrench Company in 1920. The company manufactured and marketed ten sockets that would "snap on" to five interchangeable handles.
To sell the products, Johnson and Seidemann worked with Stanton Palmer, who took the tools directly to customers at their places of business and demonstrated their use. Palmer enlisted Newton Tarble to share the increasing workload.
Snap-on entered global markets in 1931. Also in the 1930s, Snap-on began offering credit to customers. In the 1950s, Snap-on expanded on the concept of bringing product to the customer by using fully stocked walk-invans.
Electronic Diagnostic Tools
Snap-on also produces hand-held electronic diagnostic tools for the on-board computer systems used in most modern cars and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as automotive emissions control diagnostics equipment (DGA).