Wisconsin is known for a lot of things – the Packers, “going up North” (for those not in Wisconsin that means vacationing), hockey, fishing, wearing shorts in 40-degree weather, cheese, Summerfest, beer, and farmland.

milwaukee toolsBut it’s also known for some of the best tools in the industry: Milwaukee Tool.

Lane Supply Company is in the Milwaukee area, providing industrial supplies, including Milwaukee Tool. It’s why it’s a powerful combination.

History of Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool has been around for a long time … nearly as long as the Ford Motor Company has been in business. There’s a reason – Milwaukee Tool got started in part thanks to Henry Ford.

Tools for Ford to revolutionize manufacturing

According to Den of Tools, the Milwaukee Tool company was founded directly after World War I. Henry Ford – of the Ford Motor Company – had a problem: he needed better quality cars churned out to compete with emerging car manufacturers. To compete, his workforce needed better tools – lighter weight and easier to carry around. In fact, Ford wanted his workers to be able to operate a drill with one hand. Although a one-handed drill seems like no big deal today, it was an issue back in the early 20th century as drills were heavy.

A.H. Peterson, a young engineer, stepped up to the challenge. Peterson created the “Hole Shooter” drill. And the drill did the job; an autoworker could operate it with one hand. Ford used this drill at his factories and light, durable tools emerged on the market.

Peterson added a partner named Albert F. Siebert, and together they began the company. After a fire, Siebert bought all remaining assets and formed the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation in 1922.

Tools for WWII, building and making

During World War II, manufacturing took off as Americans rushed to help defeat the Axis powers. The Milwaukee Tool company took off, too, helping to power the war effort. Lightweight, easy-to-use tools that lasted even under tough circumstances were exactly what American workers needed to build everything from ships to planes. During the war, when different tradesmen needed different instruments, Milwaukee Tool was there, expanding their product lines.

The quality of the drills, saws, and gear set the standard.

Tools for the jobs of today

Manufacturing, construction, and related jobs have changed since 1922. The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation has changed along with them. The company continues to target professionals with portable tools workers needed for their tough jobs.

What hasn’t changed is that these tools are now also known for longevity. Milwaukee Tool – according to their website – develops heavy-duty professional products with rigorous attention to:

  • Commitment to professional power tool users by incorporating their insight and feedback to fully develop research that results in producing tools that enhances their productivity.
  • Benchmarking so Milwaukee prototypes offer the “best-in-class” product ranking.
  • Demanding laboratory and in-field user testing to assure product/job match. Milwaukee engineers don’t just design a tool . . . they design a tool to do the job better.


Durability, quality, and ease-of-use is why so many people love Milwaukee Tool, including Lane Supply Company.

Lane Supply Company provides tools, including Milwaukee Tool

Lane Supply Company (Lane) hasn’t been around since the 20s, but we have been in business since the 50s, providing industrial supplies across the U.S. Innovation, quality, and ease-of-use are big reasons why Lane decided to sell portable, electric tools and accessories from Milwaukee Tool. In the fall of 2020, Lane agreed to become a full-line stocking distributor for Milwaukee Tool.

We’re in Wisconsin

Although Lane sells to people across the nation, we have a special place in our heart for the Milwaukee area – we have employees and a warehouse in New Berlin, Wisconsin. If you call, you may even notice the Wisconsin accents of our customer service representatives and experts.

5-star customer service

Our motto is selling the right tool for the right job. We don’t try to oversell to contractors, millworkers, metalworkers, woodworkers, counter fabricators, and others don’t need. Plus, we always answer the phone, unlike those “big box stores.” It’s that integrity that has helped us stay in business for more than 60 years.


Our people have experience with the tools we sell. We’ll be able to help you understand which tool may be better than another.

Stock available – fast

We have a wide variety of items in stock. Not only do we sell the Milwaukee product line, we provide Integra Adhesives, 3M abrasives, and everything in between.

If you’re in Wisconsin, you can pick up tools from our Milwaukee-area warehouse. In fact, because we have locations throughout the U.S., you can also pick up from our warehouses in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Denver areas.

Even if you’re outside Wisconsin, Ohio, and Colorado, you can still receive products quickly.

See a list of accessories.

Build and make with Lane + Milwaukee Tool

We’re happy to help you purchase Milwaukee Tool; the only thing we can’t do is help you get service. (See Milwaukee’s site for tool repair.)

Whether you’re in Milwaukee, Miami, or Mercer Island  (or really any place in between), Lane and Milwaukee Tool are a great combination to get your big jobs done. Let us help you buy the right product.