I'm not sure why this doesn't bother people more.
I stopped in to the local Lowe's a few days back and did a little sweep through the hand tool department and saw this end-cap display. The end-cap was advertising a three pack of adjustable wrenches for $25. The Crescent brand logo looked weird, so I stopped to investigate. Usually a change in corporate logo signals some other change of a more drastic nature. That proved to be the case here as well...
...because when I flipped the package over this is what I saw.
Another American made too brand bites the dust. This is a direct development of the co-op between Danaher Tools and Cooper, the company which has owned Crescent for years. The new entity calls itself Apex, and many of their brands are headed overseas. Grr...
Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to offshore manufacture, rather what I'm opposed to is the gutting of an established American Icon (when people ask for adjustable wrenches, they do not say "adjustable wrench', they say 'Crescent wrench'.... like asking for a Kleenex and not a tissue.) with NO corresponding reduction in cost passed on to the consumer! Why does this three pack of Chinese adjustables cost $25 when the next end-cap over advertised Chinese made Kobalt (Lowe's house brand) adjustables in a three pack for only $9?
I'm supposed to pay $25 to support the spirit of what was once a great American tool manufacturer?
This is the end of Crescent. There is no longer a reason to buy these tools, especially at such an over-inflated profit driven price point. If you act quickly you can still find USA made Crescent products on the shelves, but the restocked items all come from China now. Flip over the packaging and check the country of manufacture. If it says China, then just buy the Chinese Kobalt's and save yourself a boat load of dough. Actually the folks who used to make the Crescent brand here in the states are probably all out of work already, so just pass on all of them and buy the Kobalt's (or Husky's or Great Neck's or Pittsburgh's etc.)