ACME TOOLS was founded by George Kuhlman in 1948 as an electric motor repair shop in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. The business was named "ACME" because it represented the highest level or degree attainable, the peak of perfection. The core values back then were simple; offer the highest quality products at competitive prices, backed by the highest professional service and support attainable. Now, over 60 years later, it's hard to believe that this small town motor repair business has grown to become a major tools and equipment supplier.
Today ACME TOOLS continues to be one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with some of the largest first-class showrooms in the nation. With nine locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, ACME TOOLS has served the contractor, woodworker and do-it-yourselfer with a wide selection of tools and equipment from all the major manufacturers.
In the mid 1980's ACME TOOLS launched a mail order business selling woodworking equipment from space ads in national trade magazines. Later, we pioneered a national catalog business shipping woodworking and construction products throughout the United States and abroad as "Tool Crib of the North."
In 1999, we were one of the first to launch an Internet business focusing on tools and equipment. Later that year, we sold the internet and catalog business. For the next 10 years, we focused our efforts on expanding our Midwest retail locations into Minnesota and Iowa.
WE'RE BACK! Now, 10 years later, under the name ACME TOOLS. We have the same team and family business principles and values of old. We are pleased to offer you the all-new acmetools.com website for your browsing and shopping convenience.
Whether you shop in-store, on-line, or from our catalog, we hope to save you time and money by serving as a source for products to make your job or project easier and more enjoyable. If there's an item you don't see on our website, in our catalog, or in our store, chances are we stock it or can get it. Just ask us and we will do our best to find it for you.
If you're new to ACME TOOLS, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you; if you're a past customer, as always, we thank you for your business!