Got the email that Pony Tools closing in Chicago.

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Forum topic by DW833 posted 05-26-2016 04:08 PM 4930 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2016 04:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: easy wood tools pony

The email did not give many details. I wonder if the company got hacked.
Not clear on closing all together or just the Chicago office. The email did mention that they were “trying”
to keep the Easy Wood Tools division open.

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 04:56 AM

Saw this posted on another forum but I can’t find independent confirmation outside the email. No mention of it on Pony or Hilliard’s websites.

I am writing to inform you that on May 19, 2016, Adjustable Clamp Company d/b/a Pony Tools Inc. informed its Chicago employees that it was suspending operations in Chicago effective immediately. While this step was necessary due to issues unique to the Chicago business, the Company’s Easy Wood Tools division remains open and continues to operate its business. It is our hope that there will be minimal, if any, disruption to the business of Easy Wood Tools. This suspension of operations in Chicago has not affected our ability to fill Easy Wood Tools orders.

The company is looking at all options in order to enable Easy Wood Tools to continue to operate. We are hopeful that you will continue to support Easy Wood Tools during this transition and we appreciate your past support. We will put forth our best efforts to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-30-2016 02:14 PM

It’s been my experience that when a well known company acquires another well known company, one usually bites the dust in less than a years time. For me, it came as no surprise, but am hoping that EWT survives….... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 03:02 PM

Jerry, I agree that in many cases one of the companies closes. PT also owns jorgensen clamps. Would find it surprising if that brand wasn’t at least sold off. I think most of their product line is manufactured in China.
Most of the people in the Chicago office would be admin/shipping etc. Maybe they are moving out of Chicago.
At this point, not enough information to know for sure.

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 05:03 PM

Pulled this from Easy Wood Tools’ Facebook page-

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 11:56 PM

Does this mean Jorgensen clamps are gone? They’re by far my favorite.

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#6 posted 06-04-2016 09:20 PM

Sad news, hope someone can buy the clamp business and keep as much of the production in the USA. Having made in USA stamped on my clamps is one of the reasons I bought pony and Jorgensen. Talked to an employee at my local woodcraft and he said pony didn’t show at the most recent trade show he was at and he heard they were trying to keep easy wood tools operational. Also, at least one of the clamp SKUs at my Home Depot is now inactive.

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#7 posted 06-04-2016 09:29 PM

That is business…. Not enough customers.. and too much competition for those customers.

I would imagine still be able to get the clamps for a long time (just made by someone else, somewhere else). Likely will find find out they still end up making them just not in USA (suspending operations in Chicago….).

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 02:02 AM

I have been selling Pony Clamps, Jorgenson for 32 years. 2 + years ago, it all changed. The family that has owned the company for 113 years, hired a management company to run the business. Of course, this was a bunch of college boys that have never used nor held a clamp. It all went down hill. Problem being that Pony was still making their products in Chicago with union labor while their competitors had long ago offshored to China. Pony, started making pieces parts in China. Case in point, Press Screws. The screw part was still made in the USA. Both ends were made in China. Problem was, they were inferior and did not fit on the screw. That is one of many nightmares. Back order after backorder and “customer service” that had no clue.
So, the next time you pick.up clamps at Harbor Junk…..the fault lies with us, as American consumers as we want cheap cheap cheap.

-- David,

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#9 posted 06-16-2016 10:08 PM

Does this mean Jorgensen clamps are gone? They re by far my favorite.

- Sunstealer73

They are my first choice as well. I prefer the f style and parallel clamps over others.

Have they been moved to clearance at home depot or Menards yet?

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#10 posted 06-16-2016 10:21 PM

Does this mean Jorgensen clamps are gone? They re by far my favorite.

- Sunstealer73

They are my first choice as well. I prefer the f style and parallel clamps over others.

Have they been moved to clearance at home depot or Menards yet?

- joey502

Same for me. I use their parallel clamps for most glue up operations.

One problem for clamp manufacturers is that their products last forever. Most of my f-style clamps are Jorgensen but almost all were obtained used. Eventually the market gets saturated.

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#11 posted 06-16-2016 11:58 PM

The remaining clamps at my HD stores in Northern Virginia are full price. However they have the best pricing. also has Jorgensen and pony clamps on close out.

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#12 posted 07-08-2016 07:37 PM

I was an employee of Pony, we were all blindsided by the news. The death of Pony is because upper mangers was trying to fix what was not broken. Instead of focusing on what ADJUSTABLE CLAMP was known for which wa ms American made, quality tools, mangers became to concerned with presentation instead of quality! There were to many irresponsible people not doing their jobs and the company died because of stuff like to many invoices not getting paid so we did not get money to get what we need. We kept being told everything was okay but it was not true. All of us really did not know what was happening and we was not just saying we did not know. Most of us have been with the company for more than 25 years and it is sad ADJUSTABLE CLAMP is gone. I don’t think the orange clamp everybody love will ever be around again. I also hope that if they orange clamps stay around they are not from China.

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#13 posted 07-08-2016 08:54 PM

Ponyboi, I’ve been distributing Pony Tools for 32 years. The last year and a half have been an absolute nightmare getting product, getting a straight answer, getting a “customer service” rep on the phone who had a clue. I even had to beg them to take my money when I placed an order vs a 30 day account! I dont want an open account…..heres my money. It was like talking to aliens. I even had to repeatedly request the invoices be e-mailed when they billed me. The accounts receivable dude, 3 months on the job according to him, informed me that I had to request an invoice. I informed him ge was a dumb azz!
I was surprised when I got the out of biz email but…..not really. The management company that the family hired ran this thing in to the ground. Bunch of college boys whove never used a clamp in their lives.
The fact is that some of Ponys clamps were already being made in China. Case in point, the press screw. The screw part was still being made in your plant. The 2 ends were offshored. Problem was, as it was explained to me was that one end was acceptable, the other didnt fit. Typical Chinese quality so find another place to make it creating mega months of backorders.
I really appreciate your service to the company. There were actually people there that cared about the product quality. Unfortunately, that doesnt exist a lot in this country anymore.

-- David,

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#14 posted 07-08-2016 09:13 PM

I will miss the heavy duty I-beam model 72

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#15 posted 07-08-2016 10:58 PM

I just got 3 of the 48” and 2 of the 24 from home depot. I love them. Too bad i won’t be able to get more.


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