This company was founded in 1911 as the G. T. Eames Co. to make arbor presses. In 1919, the name changed to Atlas Press Co. to capitalize on the brand recognition of their main product. We have also seen the name Atlas Tool and Machine Co., but don't know how it fits in.
During the 1920s they added drill presses and metalworking lathes to their line. During the 1930s they added wood lathes to their line. In 1934 they began making drill presses and wood lathes for Sears Roebuck, which marketed them under the Craftsman, Companion, and Dunlap names. At some point, reportedly in 1935, they obtained the "Power King" line of woodworking machinery by purchasing Power King Tool Corp., formerly Portable Power Tool Corp. In 1950 they purchased the higher-end machine tool maker Clausing Lathe Co.; by the mid-1950s they were focusing on the industrial and commercial metalworking markets, and in 1960 they sold the woodworking equipment line to Black & Decker.
In 1969 (one source says 1965), the Atlas Press Co. changed its name to Clausing Corp., and some time later, to Clausing Industrial, Inc.
The Atlas Press Co. web site gives a company history. Another history appears on an archived version of an old AOL personal web page.
Address (1949 Popular Mechanics): 1819 N. Pitcher St, Kalamazoo 13D, Michigan.
- Thanks to Wayne L. Carter for reporting the existence of a Companion-badged drill press made by Atlas (model number 101.03541).
- 1939 catalog that includes sections on drill presses and wood lathes.
- 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952 catalogs of "Power King" woodworking tools.
- An ad in the 1955-56 Hitchcock's Wood Workers' Digest Directory, published in 1954, shows Atlas Press's woodworking machines.
- A correspondent reports a machine label saying, "Atlas Power Tools Ltd. / St. Thomas Ont. / Canada". The style of the logo is identical to those for Atlas Press, and they were very likely Atlas's Canadian subsidiary. See the entry for Atlas Power Tools Ltd.
- 1960 ad for Atlas tablesaw, jointer, and drill press. This ad contradicts earlier information we had received that Atlas Press sold their woodworking machinery line in the mid-1950s.