Council Tool Celebrates 125 Years and Hosts Manufacturing Makes It Real Network Event


Council Tool,  a family-owned business founded in 1886 and owned by the fourth generation of Councils, celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.  In recognition of their 125th anniversary, Wayne Faulkner wrote the story "Council Tool Co. bosses explain how they've succeeded in manufacturing" for  The story was written after interviewing John Council, President, and his sisters Pickett Council, Vice President, and Margo Council, Sales Manager.  For the complete story, click here.

The Industrial Extension Service at North Carolina State University coordinates Manufacturing Makes It Real Network events in order to provide a venue for manufacturers and their supporters to benchmark, network and potentially build local supply chains.  The next Manufacturing Makes It Real Network event will be held at Council Tool on Wednesday, November 16 at 345 Pecan Lane, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

According to their website, Council Tool has been a supplier of tools for fire fighters and law enforcement since 1886. They offer "the country's premier line of heavy-duty, American-made tools for forestry applications and for fighting wildfires."

What initially appealed to John Council, president of Council Tool, about the network is that "North Carolina and the United States have lost so many factory jobs in recent years and anything to promote local manufacturing is a good thing."

With the timeless production process that Council Tool still uses to this day, the question arises as to how the company keeps things fresh and cutting edge. John Council explains, "While many of the products we produce perform the same functions as they did 50 or 100 years ago, the processes and equipment and materials used continue to evolve." John is looking forward to demonstrating those processes and the 21st century robotics addition. Sufficient time will be allotted for manufacturers to network and exchange ideas and stories.

The Manufacturing Makes It Real Network is a project of the Industrial Extension Service at North Carolina State University for the purpose of promoting Made in North Carolina products. IES has worked since 1955 to advance manufacturing in North Carolina.  For more details concerning the event, click here