Posted May 17, 2022

Champion Cutting Tool Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Champion brands include Mercer, Champion, Brute Platinum, RotoBrute and Proline.

Some say business isn’t personal, but that can’t be true when your business has been a part of your family for six generations. This year, Champion Cutting Tool, leading supplier of professional metal cutting tools, concrete tools, and abrasives products, is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Lowell Frey continues to lead the company as President and CEO. His daughter, Allison Frey, Chief Marketing Officer, has cemented her place in the industry with seven years of experience.

“125 years of Champion is an incredible milestone," said Lowell Frey. "We started as a small hardware store in downtown New York City in 1897. Multiple generations have worked incredibly hard to build this business together. It’s been forty years since I started at Champion, and I still wake up excited to go to work every morning. Our mission is to serve our customers with the highest quality tools at top notch service levels. We are so grateful to continue to grow and thrive in this industry.”

Some highlights of Champion’s history include the introduction of the innovative Brute XL5 Twist Drill in 1971, the Brute SA80 Maintenance Reamer, which was developed by Lowell’s Father, Leon, in 1980, the launch of RotoBrute Magnetic Drill Press Systems in 1996, and the success of the CT7 Carbide Tipped Hole Cutters introduced in 2004.

In 2020, Champion acquired another family business, Mercer Industries, supplier of industrial abrasives. Champion continues to operate Mercer as a key sub-brand which sits alongside Champion’s other brands- Champion, Brute Platinum, RotoBrute, and Proline.

“The incredible people who work here are the true Champions," said Allison Frey. "Our employees are dedicated, hardworking, and passionate. We are proud of the personal touch that you receive when you do business with Champion. Our goal is to keep doing business with good, solid people. We value deep, long term relationships with our customers. We are in it for the long haul.”

Champion Cutting Tool Corp is a leading manufacturer of industrial quality metal cutting tools, concrete drilling tools, and abrasives. Learn more at