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Leatherman Tools

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The Leatherman Tool Group was founded by Timothy S. Leatherman, a 1970 graduate of Oregon State University who majored in mechanical engineering. Leatherman spent several years perfecting his prototype, getting his first patent in 1980. He also spent those early years refining his sales model. Tim Leatherman formed Leatherman Tool Group to sell his creation in 1983. In 1996 the company expanded its manufacturing facility to 90,000 square feet from 30,000 square feet. In 2007 the company opened its first retail store, located at its manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon.