Illinois Tool Works (ITW) businesses operate in nearly every corner of the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. ITW is a Fortune 150 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products.
ITW employs approximately 48,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 16,000 granted and pending patents.
In 1912, Chicago financier Byron Smith placed an ad in the Economist looking to provide capital to a “high class business (manufacturing preferred) in or near Chicago.” He turned down several initial offers, waiting for the right proposal. When a group of inventors with an idea to improve gear grinding came along, Illinois Tool Works was born. From these humble beginnings, the company endured the uncertainties of war and recessions, expanded into businesses across the globe, and transformed entire industries through simple yet ingenious solutions.
ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines, healthcare, the spaces in which we live and work, the cars we drive, and the mobile devices we rely on. We are never, whether we know it or not, more than a few steps from an innovative ITW solution.
You’ll find ITW solutions around the world. ITW’s innovative fasteners, snap-in door handles, powertrain, refueling systems and other components make your vehicle more road-worthy, convenient and affordable. And at the mechanic’s shop, our maintenance products help keep those cars on the road longer.Thanks to ITW’s food equipment businesses, the restaurants where you dine hum with state-of-the-art ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators and more. ITW packaging ideas are what help you grab a six-pack off a store shelf or keep your food fresh at home. And our quality testing machines ensure the safety of everything from suspension bridges and aircraft to tiny heart valves. And the smartphone that’s always in hand? It’s built with ITW’s semiconductor solutions and innovations like an electromechanical gyroscope. ITW welding systems help deep-sea oil rigs deliver critical resources and enable safe, durable construction of your city’s offices and homes.ITW is committed to operational excellence and innovation that helps our customers create the products and services that make our lives better.
ITW’s Construction Products segment is a branded supplier of innovative engineered fastening systems and related consumables and software. These products are uniquely specified for a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, steel, and engineered lumber. Serving the residential, commercial, and renovation markets, ITW’s construction products businesses and brands hold positions in niche markets where ITW technology can address customers’ unique needs like higher global standards for safety and energy efficiency as well as the growth of off-site construction projects. With presence in a variety of end-use applications and markets, ITW construction products are focused on value-added opportunities around the globe.
A Global Company
ITW businesses operate in nearly every corner of the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. In fact, half of our revenue is generated outside of the United States. Strategic, global expansion offers significant opportunity for our customers, shareholders and our talented employees.Find out more about ITW Global