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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Heller Brothers Co. and Heller Tool Co.

Heller began in 1836 in Newark, New Jersey, became a partnership, Heller & Brothers, in 1865, and in 1899 incorporated as Heller Brothers Company.

In 1917 Heller bought:
    Johnson & Brothers File Co., Newark, New Jersey
    Rex File Co., Newcomerstown, Ohio
    Vixen Tool Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In the following 12 years Heller bought:
    Masterwrench Corp., Turlock, California
    Triple A File Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Continental File Co., Anderson, Indiana
    Filecraft, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
In 1928 Heller Brothers of Ohio was incorporated.
In 1943 Heller bought Stokes Brothers Mfg. Co., Freehold, New Jersey.
In 1944, Heller bought American Swiss File & Tool Co., Elizabeth, NJ and Murcott & Campbell Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Heller Brothers of Ohio was at 641 Heller Drive, Newcomerstown, Ohio, and eventually all production shifted to Ohio. The Heller family sold the company to Simonds in 1955 and the name changed to Heller Tool Co. Simonds began producing all its files in the Ohio plant in 1960, and closed it in 2006. Heller had strong employee loyalty in Newcomerstown, and many residents retain a strong attachment to the company.

The Newark plant at 849 Mount Prospect Ave. (corner of Verona Ave.) is still standing and can be seen on Google Maps.  Google Maps

Heller Brothers building, Newark

Heller Brothers file box

Heller Tool Co. file box
Heller Nucut file box
Heller Brothers themed quilt


  1. Great info. Thanks for the research!

  2. I have a tool that is marked "Heller USA" with "1632A" stamped on the reverse side. It is shaped like an arrow point about 4" long with sharp edges. Its base is shaped like a normal file end. What was it used for?

  3. Hello sir,It may be a Auger bit file..

  4. Have a chunk of Hellercut steel bought at a local hardware store north of Philly, in old brown paper. Specs show similar to 01 type alloy. I'm guessing it's kind of rare so I'm hesitant to use it.

  5. I have a set of nippers that say heller bros Co. So I'm guessing the latest tye could have been made was 1955?

  6. I have a Heller rattail bastard file it's fantastic I'm glad I Know who made my tool