Fairchild Industries was a subsidiary of the Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation. A plant in Burlington VT was established sometime in the mid-to-late 1940s to manufacture electrical consumer products. In about 1949 they began manufacturing a small bench grinder, a handheld electric drill, and a handheld sander. The company is listed here because of the bench grinder; the handheld tools are outside the scope of this site.
- Thanks to SteveB and Jim Johnson for contributing information to this entry.
- A 1950 volume of Hardware Age, Volume 166, Issues 1-2, under the category of "Tools, Electric", lists "Fairchild Industries, Inc. (drills, sanders and polishers)". The company address was 110 Main St., Burlington, Vermont.
- The 1950 Annual Report of the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation had the following snippet.
With its original product well received, Fairchild Industries has increased its line to include various drill kits and a small bench grinder. Its products are nationally distributed through leading hardware and appliance stores.