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Manufacturers Index - Tomlee Tool and Engineering Co.

Tomlee Tool and Engineering Co.
Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

History
Last Modified: Jun 17 2013 8:56AM by Jeff_Joslin
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This company was established by 1944 and made smaller woodworking machines from 1947, or perhaps earlier. In 1948 the company was purchased by Raymond C. Bluem, who sold it to Toro Manufacturing Corp. in 1954. Toro briefly continued making the machines under the Toro brand.

We have seen Tomlee machines badged as "Foley Power Tools / Foley Manufacturing Co." We are not certain if these Foley-badged machines were made by Tomlee or by Toro.

Information Sources

  • Robert Deatherage forwards this information he received from the Hennepin County Library: "A review of the 1948 Minneapolis city directory lists the following: Tomlee Tool & Engineering Co., Thomas W. Donohue (sic), President-Manager, Woodworking Tool Manufacturers, 740 Washington Avenue North; in 1953 (there was no 1954 directory) the same company has Raymond C. Bluen, President, Precision Machines, 718 Washington Avenue North; in 1955 Toro Manufacturing (Power Tool Division) is listed at the latter address. A review of the Trade Catalogue Collection and the Vertical File Collection within the Minneapolis Collection turns up no additional information."
  • Correspondent Gary R. Bleum writes, "Raymond C. Bluem was my father and purchased Tomlee Tool in 1948. He sold it to the Toro Company of Bloomington MN in the late 50s. The W.W. Grainger Co. of Illinois was the main sales agency for the Tomlee line. There were other private label sales organizations."
  • A 1944 issue of Newsweek, available in Snippet View through Google Books, says, "No one had until Thomas W. Donohue, 30-year-old president and owner of Tomlee Tool Co..."
  • Ads in Popular Mechanics and Popular Science between December 1947 and October 1953.