Raised on a Vermont farm, Mr. Henry St. Pierre would spend hours pushing and hauling through the thick mud while driving his father’s car to and from the village. This experience led him to invent an improved gripping chain for tires to solve the problem. He then decided to start his business in Worcester because of its forge shops and stamping companies, which would provide the diversity of industry needed for his business.
Founded in 1920 as the St. Pierre Chain Corporation, the company began as a tire chain-making facility. In 1928, Mr. St. Pierre purchased a plant owned by Rogers Drop Forging Company and put the drop-forge hammers to work forging and added lines of automotive tools, such as pliers, grease bars, and tire irons. During World War II, production was devoted to aircraft parts and anchor chains, which received the United States Navy “E” for Excellence.
Mr. St. Pierre then decided to make drop-forged horseshoes of standard size, shape, and weight while recalling a favorite Vermont sport of pitching horseshoes. Soon after, his company became the largest producer of pitching horseshoes globally and standardized the game with official horseshoes.
The company has become a Material Handling shop specializing in Overhead Lifting Products made from Chain, Wire Rope, and Synthetics. The company continues to make Tire Chains, Pitching Horseshoes, and Bocce games as well.