About Master Lock
Master Lock Advantage
- Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products.
- Master Lock focuses on innovation; new products represent 20% of sales each year.
- Ranked #1 by consumers globally as the best padlock brand.
- Master Lock padlocks offer a full lifetime guarantee.
Master Lock was established in 1921 by Harry Soref. Ninety years later Master Lock has earned and maintained the trust of customers by delivering strength and quality while continually setting new standards for lock design, application and performance.
Master Lock continues to build on its founder's passion for innovation, quality, and compelling value, continually expanding their range of security solutions.
Master Lock History
Locksmith Harry Soref founds Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA.
Harry Soref patents the world's first laminated padlock. The design is based on laminated steel bank vault doors.
Charles E Mayo meets Harry on the way to the patent office. Mayo Hardware becomes the Australian Master Lock distributer.
Unable to escape from a pair of handcuffs, Harry Houdini visited Soref. Soref advised Houdini on places to hide keys during stage shows.
During Prohibition, Master Lock ships 150,000 locks to federal agents. These locks were used to lock down businesses selling alcohol illegally.
Harry Soref received the only gold medal ever given by the American Association of Master Locksmiths for the greatest development in locks over the past 50 years.
Keeping with their focus on innovation, Master Lock introduced its first combination lock, the 1500D.
Another decade of innovation Master Lock designs and manufactures cables, and the first gun lock.
Innovation continues in padlocks and focuses on safety lock out tag out padlocks, expanding on cables, laminated and brass padlocks.
Master Lock aired its famous shot lock Super Bowl Commercial which gave them the tagline "Tough Under Fire".
Master Lock introduces its first resettable combination lock, 175.
Master Lock introduced an Automotive Series and Vehicle Security Product Line.
Master Lock designed and patented the first fully adjustable cable lock — Python and also launches towing security.
Master Lock is the first padlock brand to design and develop a range of key safes.
Master Lock introduced its first TSA approved travel lock. A new TSA approved sku was introduced every year until 2010.
Master Lock revolutionised high security padlocks with the Excell and Magnum ranges.
Master Lock introduced the World's first combination lock that opens in left/right/up/down movements, and the World's first set-your-own combination lock using letter and numbers.
President Obama visits Milwaukee to praise Master Lock for American Manufacturing and the importance of insourcing jobs.