Commonwealth Tool Specialty (CTS) was established in June of 1981 by Ed Staley, as a specialized cutting tool distributor on the premise that a distributor with a high level of technical expertise would fit as a much needed alternative in the existing high volume manufacturing cutting tool market. He believed offering the customer the best available product tailored to meet their individual needs, combined with superior service, would allow CTS to become a true “Value Added” supplier and partner. Through the years, we have continued to operate and grow based on that simple belief.
Ed also believed that if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen and from that simple concept comes our strongest asset – Our Staff. CTS employees have over 100 years of combined service in the industry. With that comes an abundance of knowledge and skill. Employing the most knowledgeable sales engineers in our market has allowed us to stay focused on our mission. At Commonwealth Tool, we are committed to matching our customer’s individual needs with the best possible and most cost effective tooling and service – The right tool, at the right time, at the right price.
CTS, located in Roanoke, VA, currently services territories throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Since its inception, CTS has continuously grown and expanded its coverage area while closely monitoring and controlling growth to ensure continued high levels of service to both existing and new customers.
In 2001, to meet our customers demand for both high productivity of themselves and high cost effectiveness of their suppliers, CTS launched CUTSMART, our tool management program. Years of experience in the cutting tool industry has given us an insight into what todays companies need. Go to our ‘CUTSMART’ page to see how our program can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
In 2007, after 40 years in the industry, Ed Staley retired and turned the reins over to 3 long –term employees. Matt Robertson (President), with the company since 1986; Yvonne Blackwell (VP/CFO), with the company since 1985; and Tim Smith (VP), with the company since 1989.
Commonwealth Tool Specialty was conceived as a service organization. We understand the importance and impact that having the right cutting tool has on your bottom line. We strive to develop a relationship with our customers whereby they think of us as one of their own employees and, in fact, utilize our resources as they would one of their own. We call that a “partnership arrangement”.
To Bring the Most Cost Effective Tooling to Our Valued Customers
Our Current Service Area
Currently servicing Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and parts of West Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky.
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