The Story Behind Our Tools

Who We Are

We are a quality product design and manufacturing company founded and based in the U.S. for over 80 years. With a full line of wire and cable preparation tools, we are proud to serve technicians and installers across a variety of global markets including in the CATV, telecommunications, electrical, wireless, fiber optic and utility industries.

Our mission is to be the leading global provider of innovative cable preparation tools, exceeding customer expectations through excellence in engineering, quality, service and value.

Safe, Efficient & Reliable Tools

Our focus has always been to make the job of today’s lineman, utility and electrical workers safer, faster and more efficient. Our tools reduce the risk of cuts and lacerations by eliminating the need for traditional knives.

In addition, we design products that are Glovable® or easily used with utility gloves on. We believe that through precise cable preparation each splice or union is more reliable to reduce possible callbacks and rework.

A Ripley® Family of Brands

Miller®
ODM®
Cablematic®
UtilityTool®

Over 80 Years of History

1932

George C. Devol, Jr. founds the United Cinephone Corporation, a manufacturer of photoelectric cells and vacuum tube control systems in New Jersey, USA.


1936

Ripley Company, Inc., founded by United Cinephone's vice president Louis Ripley, absorbs United Cinephone Corp.

1930's

1940's

1941 - 1945

Throughout WWII, United Cinephone produces more than half of a dozen electronic devices geared toward battle use to the B-29 Superfort production program.


1945

The Sun-Switch is developed utilizing photo-sensitive circuits to control lighting systems in streetlights and buildings.

Sun-Switch Ad 1947

1946

Ripley Company relocates from Torrington, Connecticut to the Palmer Mills Industrial Complex at 1 Factory Street in Middletown, Connecticut.

1961

Ripley Company, Inc. begins selling 82,500 shares of common stock.

Stock Market Magazine 1966

 

1968

NASD adds Ripley Company's stock to the national list with more than 2,000 stockholders located throughout the US.

1960's

1970's

1972

Ripley Co. acquires Utility Tool Corporation, a manufacturer of power-driven CATV and electric utility cable stripping tools located in East Haddam, Connecticut.

1974

Utility Tool Corporation registers its Cablematic® brand of CATV tools.

1975

After a devastating fire destroys Ripley's factory on July 5, 1975, Ripley Co. relocates to 46 Nooks Hill Road in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Ripley Office Building Cromwell, CT

 

1976

Utility Tool Corp. is relocated to Ripley's Cromwell manufacturing facility, serving as the UtilityTool® brand.

1990

Ripley sells its photo controls division to M. H. Rhodes, Inc. Later in the year, Ripley Co. is acquired by Capewell Components, LLC.


1994

K. Miller Tool Company of Springfield, Massachusetts is acquired and becomes the Miller® brand.

1990's

2000's

2000

Capewell Components expands Ripley's global presence by acquiring Abeco Tools Ltd. located in Birmingham, England.


2004

Capewell acquires Clauss's Fiber Optic and Telecom division of fiber optic preparation tools.

2005

Abeco Tools Ltd. is renamed Ripley Europe Limited, serving as Ripley's European sales office now located in Kingwinsford, England.

2006

Ripley opens a sales office in China.

2013

Capewell's Ripley manufacturing facility in Cromwell, Connecticut is ISO 9001:2008 certified.


Capewell Components Asia Ltd. Shanghai opens, serving as its Asian sales office.


2014

Capital Works in Cleveland, Ohio acquires Capewell Components, LLC and its assets. Ripley Tools LLC opens as a separate entity from Capewell.

Ripley Tools LLC Building

 

2015

Capewell Components Asia Ltd. Shanghai located in Shanghai, China is renamed to Shanghai Ripley Hardware Tools Co., Ltd., serving as Ripley's Asian sales office.

2017

Ripley Tools acquires Optical Design Manufacturing Inc. (ODM) located in Laconia, New Hampshire and expands its product line to include fiber optic testing equipment under the new ODM® brand.


Optical Design Manufacturing Inc. is renamed to Ripley ODM LLC.

2018

Ripley ODM LLC relocates to a larger facility in Belmont, New Hampshire.

Ripley Tools LLC in Cromwell, CT is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

2010's