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Double A Products Co.
Ann Arbor, MI; Manchester, MI, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

History
Last Modified: Oct 26 2016 12:21PM by toolguybak
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Double A Products Co. (Double A is short for Ann Arbor) was founded in 1934 by Herbert H. Upton and Finley Riggs in Ann Arbor Michigan. They made a variety of small wood and metal working machines, for five & dime stores and Sears. The company moved to a better facility around July 1, 1940. During World War II, Double A produced gun parts for the Government. In 1957, as Double A Products Co., they became a division of Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co., best known for their machinist's tools. Double A Products has also been referred to as Double A Engineering.

Double A Products was an early maker of Companion, Dunlap and Craftsman machines for Sears, Roebuck & Co., under model number prefix 109.

There is a Yahoo discussion group for owners of Double A metal working lathes.

Information Sources

  • According to an online history of Ann Arbor, courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library, Double A Products Co. was founded in 1934.
  • A Double A logo reads, "Double A Products Co. / Manchester, Michigan 48158 / A division of Brown & Sharpe Mfg . Co."
  • A page at the Manchester Area Historical Society reports that Double A was acquired by Brown & Sharpe in 1957.
  • We have found a single woodworking machinery patent assigned to this company; there are a couple of dozen other patents assigned to Double A, but they are all related to hydraulic valves and related components. The last patent assigned to this firm was granted in 1986.
  • More history and machine information can be found at Tony Griffith's Lathe web site.