The Back-Story

Campbell began in 1919 with the incorporation of the Victory Chain Company, which eventually became the Campbell Chain Company. The business was extremely successful, expanding to offer its customers a constantly increasing line of products over the years. These products included material handling devices, custom forgings, high quality chain and wire fittings and connectors, marine fittings, blocks, snaps, pulleys, and buckles. Today, Campbell is one of the most popular brands of chain and chain-related products in North America and is widely recognized for its superior products and services.

Claim to Fame

A unique advantage Campbell has over its competitors is that Campbell is one of over 30 leading brands of Apex Tool Group (ATG), itself one of the largest manufacturers of professional hand and power tools in the world. ATG operates in over 30 countries, employing approximately 8,000 people in over 25 plants throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and serves the industrial, vehicle service and assembly, aerospace, electronics, construction and serious DIY markets. Coupled with the expansive product line offered within the Apex Tool Group umbrella of other internationally recognized brands, such as Lufkin, Crescent, and GearWrench, to name a few, Campbell is uniquely positioned to offer its customers a full line of industrial products on a single purchase order, something that no other competitor in the chain industry can do.


  In 1992, Campbell pioneered the development of Grade 100 chain and fittings. These products feature a 25% higher working load limit than competitors’ Grade 80 products, often resulting in lighter, more ergonomic and less expensive chain assemblies.  More recently, in 2013, Campbell introduced a new design for its anchor shackles that moved all mandated markings from the top of the shackle bow to the sides of the shackle. This new design helps prevent fraying of synthetic slings, which are widely used in the heavy construction, oil and gas, and marine and mining industries. Another recent Campbell product advance was the introduction of extra-wide master links that conform to Grade 100 specifications. These links have a larger opening than standard master links to better accommodate today’s larger lifting hooks and to make working with heavy wire rope quicker and easier. Most recently, Campbell introduced a new hand line block with a 1,500-pound working load limit (WLL), which is based on resultant load, making it the strongest in the industry.  Its compact design and lightweight aluminum alloy construction are sure to make it a favorite among professional linesmen working on utility lines. Campbell products are known for the highest standards of safety and strength, so strong, reliable Campbell marine chain can be found serving as a critical component of many tsunami-detection systems currently being installed around the world.