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STANLEY PURCHASES AMERICAN BRUSH

 STANLEY PURCHASES AMERICAN BRUSH
 NEW BRITAIN, Conn., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stanley Works


(NYSE: SWK) announced today that it purchased American Brush Company, Inc. of Claremont, N.H., a manufacturer of American brand paint brushes and rollers since 1913.
 Richard H. Ayers, chairman and chief executive officer of Stanley, noted: "The acquisition of American Brush is an important element in Stanley's worldwide strategy to supply do-it-yourself and professional customers with quality painting and decorating tools and applicators." Ayers added: "We have, for some time, had an interest in providing the tools and applicators required for painting and decorating, one of the most frequently performed maintenance tasks in the home. Our purchase of Mosley-Stone, Ltd., a United Kingdom manufacturer of paint brushes and rollers, in May 1991 gave us a marvelous entry into this market. The addition of American Brush will now provide us with a state-of-the- art facility to enhance our ability to meet the requirements of U.S. customers."
 American Brush has 160 employees and will be a part of the Stanley Tools group of businesses headed by C. Stewart Gentsch, president and generany has experienced significant growth over the past five years. Now that we are part of The Stanley Works, I have every confidence that our growth will continue, our Clarement facility will prosper, and our customers will be well served."
 The Stanley Works, founded in 1843, is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of tools, hardware and specialty hardware products for consumer, home improvement, professional and industrial use.
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 /CONTACT: Ronald F. Gilrain of The Stanley Works, 203-827-3882/
 (SWK) CO: Stanley Works ST: Connecticut IN: HOU SU: TNM


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