Was 1956 when Howard Hawkins and Art Engstrom invented a bike stand that held the bike off the ground allowing easy, back saving access to any part of the bike. This original stand was put together using legs from a dining room table, an empty shell casing and a truck axle from a 37 Ford. As other shops, and eventually Schwinn Bicycle Company, saw the stand in action, requests were made for a production model. Park Tool Company was born!
The line grew quickly to include a wheel truing stand, more repair stands including a double arm shop version, wrenches gauges, fixtures and consumer tools soon joined the company's offerings. Today the sixty employees of Park Tool take great pride in building the best bicycle tools in the world, the product line now includes over 400 different items and a recent history of fifteen to twenty new product introduced each year.
Howard and Art never imagined in 1963 that Park Tool Company would grow to what it is today: the world leading company when it comes to tools for the bike mechanics!
And their pledge for the future is simple: Build the best tools.