NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut Public Television will premiere an original documentary, â€śThe Toolbox of America,â€ť on Thursday at 8 p.m.
â€śThe Toolbox of Americaâ€ť examines the rise of New Britainâ€™s largest company, Stanley Black & Decker, and its impact on the city over the past 175 years.
By the early 20th century, New Britain, once known as â€śThe Great Swampâ€ť and with a population of less than 3,000 people, had become the nexus of manufacturing in America and home to such companies as The Stanley Works, now known as Stanley Black & Decker, founded in 1843 by Frederick Stanley.
The companyâ€™s headquarters is at 1000 Stanley Drive. It started as a manufacturer of bolts and hinges.
Stanley Black & Decker has a legacy driven by a commitment to serve the builders, makers and protectors of the world, according to the companyâ€™s mission statement.
â€śThe Toolbox of Americaâ€ť explores New Britainâ€™s local manufacturing revolution, with specific focus on the Stanley family and its inextricable connection to Americaâ€™s - and Connecticutâ€™s - manufacturing dominance.
The documentary includes interviews with experts and industry insiders who highlight New Britainâ€™s role in the history of manufacturing as well as how Stanley Black & Decker became a global leader that continues to support the worldâ€™s builders, makers and innovators.
â€śThe story of New Britain in many ways reflects the story of America,â€ť said producer Bailey Pryor. â€śThrough the entrepreneurial spirit of people like the Stanleys, this small city became the building block of America. Over the years, the tools made here helped construct the tallest buildings, build the space shuttle, and keep the engine of progress moving globally.â€ť
Connecticut Public Television can be found on Channel 7 on local cable systems.
More information about the documentary can be found at cptv.org.