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ITW is a Fortune 150 diversified manufacturing company that was founded on innovation and expanded on the strength of its customer commitment. For over 100 years, ITW employees have kept an entrepreneurial spirit alive that is deeply rooted in the past and firmly focused on its customers. Today, we are ITW—a global company dedicated to fostering a future of innovation.

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At Illinois Tool Works Inc. a diverse workforce is the cornerstone of our success. We believe the unique perspectives and innovative ideas that result from different cultures, backgrounds, genders and races combined with teamwork produce optimal results. Our commitment to an inclusive environment is evident throughout our organization from the Board of Directors and CEO extending throughout every aspect of our businesses. Diverse view points, open communications and inclusion results in customer satisfaction, valued employees, rewarding vendor partnerships and greater return on investment to our shareholders.
The History of ITW
During its nearly 100 years of existence, ITW's recipe for success has been focused on creating value-added products for key customers around the world. We do this by growing our business and making acquisitions that provide additional product solutions to our customers. We invite you to learn more about the history of our company.

The beginning
In 1912, on the eve of World War I, Chicago financier Byron L. Smith placed an ad seeking an investment opportunity for “a growing manufacturing business.” Four men answered: Frank W. England, Paul B. Goddard, Oscar T. Hogg and Carl G. Olson. Together, these forward-thinking businessmen formed a company to manufacture and sell metal-cutting tools.

The company expands its original metal cutting tool products to include truck transmissions, pumps and other items for America’s World War I effort.

The genesis of Signode, which later joins ITW, begins with John (Jack) W. Leslie’s investment in a company that incorporates coil steel strap and seals for packaging containers and products.

The DeVilbiss family works diligently to combine an adjustable atomizer with a spray gun. Their innovation results in the development of spray finishing for the application of paint. DeVilbiss later becomes a significant portion of ITW’s business.

C.C. Hobart and his sons, Edward A. and William H., incorporate Hobart Brothers Company, another business that will later be acquired by ITW. Initially, the company will market a battery charger.
Our mission includes attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Our outreach is focused to attract individuals who are willing to contribute their unique perspectives and creativity to the attainment of the company's goals and objectives. We foster inclusive environments where everyone is comfortable expressing their ideas and doing their best. Our open door policy invites communication and is designed to give our employees a sense of belonging.

ITW 3600 West Avenue Glenview Illinois 60026-1215 USA 847-724-7500
ITW remains committed to a culture of diversity that reflects the communities in which we live and do business. Our goal is to foster an inclusive environment where differences are respected and appreciated and all employees are encouraged to do their best work and contribute to their full potential to help us achieve business goals and deliver customer service excellence.

ITW is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.