Porter-Cable is a brand of tools more than 100 years old. The company has been long known for producing innovative, durable and high-quality power tools and pneumatic devices. In 1996 the Smithsonian Institution acquired some of P-C's vintage tools for its historic collection.
The Porter-Cable Company began in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1906 with a line of unusual tools that included automobile tire pumps, illuminating-gas lighters, machine tools and an old-fashioned pencil sharpener. Through two world wars the company grew and prospered within its New York location, where it developed and sold well-designed power tools such as the electrical belt sander and circular saw.
In 1960 the company moved to Tennessee, which remained the manufacturing base for the company even after it was acquired by Rockwell and Pentair. Black & Decker, however, purchased Porter-Cable in 2005 and Stanley purchased Black & Decker in 2009. The Jackson, Tennessee plant now functions primarily as a distribution center and the tools are manufactured mostly in Mexico and China.
Several locations in Canada and the United States are involved in reconditioning older P-C tools for resale. Other than the refurbished models, no hand-held Porter- Cable tools are made in the United States.