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    Posted 9 years ago

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    BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNION HARDWARE CO., Torrington, Connecticut: The Union
    Hardware Company began in 1864 in what had been an old lock shop in the area
    known as Torrington Hollow. By autumn of 1865, the company relocated down
    the Naugatuck River into its own set of new buildings. Throughout this time,
    the company was engaged in the manufacture of ice skates of all sizes and
    styles. In the following years, Union Hardware expanded its product line to
    include items made of iron, leather, and wood. In 1905, the manufacture of
    steel fishing rods began followed by the manufacture of fishing reels in
    1923. Through acquisitions, a line of silk fishing line and silk cords was
    added and, in 1925, split bamboo rods were added to the line of products.
    Other acquisitions brought Union Hardware into the business of tools and
    police goods, rules and levels, and athletic shoes and ice skate outfits.
    During the 1920s, Union Hardware began production of the tubular steel golf
    shaft and, by 1946, the company discontinued its vast line of hardware
    products to concentrate solely in the sporting goods area. In 1960, Union
    Hardware became part of Brunswick Corporation and continued to be one of the
    leading producers of sidewalk roller skates and golf club shafts. The
    production of roller skates was phased out in 1967. In 1996, FM Precision
    Golf Corporation acquired the Union Hardware Division of Brunswick. The
    following year, after a merger with Royal Grip, the company changed its name
    to Royal Precision. Royal Precision was engaged until recently in the
    manufacture of golf club shafts. In June 2006, Royal Precision was purchased
    by True Temper Sports Inc of Memphis, Tennessee. Courtesy of the Torrington
    Historical Society, 192 Main Street Torrington, CT 06790

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      So, proof that people really do skate on ice! Need to show those to friends here in the islands. Tried to explain such sports to them before but their eyes glaze over.
    2. subi450 subi450, 1 year ago
      Wow, how easy we forget. This brings back some memories, maybe not that far, but similar. All the fun we had outdoors with little that we got. Thank you for the post.

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