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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 19, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House
ANTIQUE WATERLOO CARPENTERS METAL TOOL BOX BELONGED TO MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER BORN IN THE LATE 1800'S ~As the story goes, my great-grandfather, born in the late 1800's, who was originally from Canada, purchased this tool box when he first worked as a carpenter. At some point, he passed it onto my grandfather. My grandfather was born December 21, 1923 and passed away on April 1, 1997. When his wife, our grandmother, passed away a few years ago, the old tool box we'd heard about for so many years, was found tucked in the back of the garage.~ ~We divided the tools w/in the box, amoung the family, but no one had use for the antique tool box itself. It seems a shame to have it sitting around, unused, and underappreciated. Hopefully t's a collector out t who would truly enjoy this unique antique.~ ~Additional information on the backround of the previous owners of this toolbox will be provided to the winning bidder if requested.... I like to know the history of antiques that I own, and thought perhaps others would as well~ ~History of Waterloo Industries:

About Waterloo Industries, Inc.

Waterloo Industries, Inc. is the world's largest supplier of tool storage products and we are proud to offer over 80 years of manufacturing excellence. We have built our business on traditions such as: Quality Product, Innovation, Value, Programs, and Exceptional Customer Service. Waterloo maintains a focus on exceeding customer expectations, which various customers have recognized through their awards process. We take great pride in our strong customer relationships in various channels of distribution, both domestic and international. Waterloo...A True Global Partner.


Nich olas Sulentic, our company's founder, came to America at age 15 from Yugoslovia. After landing in New York, and being taken in by a family in Illinois, he eventually ended up in Waterloo, Iowa .
In Waterloo, Nicholas and his brother Pete started a grocery store in a small wooden building that had been a garage. As business grew and prospered the Sulentic brothers built a brick building and started Waterloo's first supermarket with its own bakery.
It was in 1922 in a 12x20 foot shed behind their supermarket building that Waterloo Industries originated.
In those days you had to grind the valve of a car about every 5,000 miles because of carbon buildup. Nicholas invented an automotive service tool that enabled the engine mechanic to compress valve springs for replacement in the engine block after the valve grinding job.
Back then the company identified its product so it was natural for this startup company to be called Waterloo Valve Spring Compressor Company.
As car models evolved, other automotive tools were added to the product line, including valve lifters and the brake pedal jack. By the early 30's Waterloo Valve Spring Compressor Company manufactured 25 tools in the valve removal and replacement service category.
Nicholas and his wife Anna raised six boys, all of whom would eventually play a role in building the family business. But it was the involvement of the oldest brother, Ray, that would forever change the course of the company.

Nicholas Sulentic, Sulentic Family, Waterloo Store, Waterloo Office

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