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Stanley Black and Decker University SBDU

Stanley, Black and Decker, Bostich and DeWALT brands all converge at a well-hidden location in Towson, Maryland. This facility does both testing and education for company employees and distribution partners as well as the media.

Imagine a light-commercial office warehouse complex that's been modified to test, showcase and display both power and hand tools in conditions that mimic those in everyday situations where tools are used by both consumers, DIY fanatics and professionals.
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Well, that's what you'll see if you're lucky enough to get inside the amazing Stanley Black and Decker University facility. I was able to spend two days here at the training mecca the first week of June, 2011.

When you walk inside the doors into the lobby, you'd think you're at any other light commercial office/warehouse building in America. The sheetrock walls, receptionist desk, hallways, conference and training rooms look just like thousands of other businesses.

But when you pass through two swinging doors, into the high-ceiling warehouse space that's been converted to a tool testing and training emporium, you know you've arrived at a very special place.

This is just a small section of the tool testing and training area of SBDU.
Throughout the vast open space, you'll discover work stations set up to replicate all types of construction: wood frame, masonry, poured concrete,metal buildings, etc. All of these stations are meant to provide a suitable example of what a person would encounter in the real world when using any tool.

There are thousands of tools within the walls, many of which are competing brands such as Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, etc. Tools are tested side-by-side to see which one performs best or how they feel to a user when used to perform identical tasks.

The people who get to work here are indeed lucky. If you're a power tool junkie, you'd think you'd died and gone to Heaven if you could spend just a few hours here testing and using the latest power tools.
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