Mayhew Acquires Basque Plastics

Hand tool company will reshore handle manufacturing.

Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. (Mayhew Tools) announces that it has completed the acquisition of the business assets of Basque Plastics, a high quality injection molder, located in Leominster, Massachusetts. The City of Leominster’s stature in the manufacturing of plastics is legendary with over 120 plastics companies currently located within the city.

The new company will be called Mayhew Basque Plastics, LLC. Mayhew Basque occupies a 30,000 sq ft building located in the Jytek Industrial Park. Mayhew Basque has 17 molding machines ranging in size from 75 ton to 400 ton. Plans include the immediate addition of two more molding machines capable of producing parts used by Mayhew and other manufacturers.

“The acquisition of Basque Plastics is an excellent strategic fit with Mayhew”, said Mayhew’s President John Lawless. “It will help Mayhew continue its growth as a manufacturer of high quality hand tools for the professional market as well allowing Basque to explore new markets in the plastics industry.”

Cliff and Greg Basque will manage Mayhew Basque Plastics. They have over three decades of experience managing the former company. “It is our goal to continue providing the highest level of service, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our new customers,” stated Cliff Basque.

By providing an integrated source of supply for its components, the acquisition allows Mayhew to reduce lead times, inventory costs, and bring items currently sourced overseas back to the United States. All current employees will retain their positions in the new company.

Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. manufactures high quality hand tools that are sold under the Mayhew ToolsTM name as well as other private brands around the world. Mayhew is a 158 year old manufacturer of hand tools, which began business in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in 1856. Learn more at