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Arrow Fastener Company's signature T50® staple gun to be featured on DIY Network's "Cool Tools"

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Millions of consumers worldwide have held an Arrow T50 staple gun in their hands, dutifully relying upon the essential tool since its introduction in 1929. The story of how it attained its status as an American icon, of course, begins at the manufacturing line - where skilled Arrow team members mold raw steel into a dependable, trusted toolbox fixture.

The genesis of the T50 staple gun will be featured on an upcoming episode of the DIY Network show "Cool Tools," it was announced today. Hosted by Chris Grundy, "Cool Tools" is one of the signature programs on the DIY Network, which is available to more than 54 million U.S. cable households.

The segment featuring the Arrow T50 staple gun will appear on the "Cool Tools" broadcast to air at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 24) with a repeat airing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. It will chronicle the fabrication of the T50 staple gun from beginning to end, and feature a history of the iconic tool - from the very first T50 staple gun to the new T50 R.E.D.(TM) staple gun (short for reliable, ergonomic, durable) of today -- as well as interviews with Arrow President Gary DuBoff and other Arrow employees.

The T50 staple gun, fabricated entirely of steel and finished with durable chrome, features a coil-spring firing technology; rear-loading staple system for precise control, a visual refill window; and a jam-resistant mechanism, which helps to minimize downtime. It all comes together with an "easy-squeeze system," meaning that the accurate power of the T50 staple gun can be accessed by users of all skill and ability levels.

"For more than 84 years, consumers have completed countless projects with a T50 staple gun at their disposal," said Bill Sokol, Vice President, Marketing, for Arrow Fastener Company LLC. "It has been a fascinating journey, and I am sure that viewers of the program will gain a new appreciation for what goes into the development of this truly "cool tool."

Information on the T50 staple gun, as well as the entire Arrow Fastener Company product line, can be found at Additional resources are available at the company's Facebook page at

About Arrow Fastener (

Arrow Fastener Company, LLC is a leading manufacturer of manual and electric staple and nail guns, glue and rivet tools which are sold to consumers and commercial contractors, primarily through home centers, mass merchants and specialized retailers. Founded in 1929, Arrow Fastener was acquired by Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) in 1999. For more than five decades, the T50® staple gun has been the industry standard, as the world's best selling staple gun. Today, Arrow Fastener is a trusted supplier of reliable, innovative and affordable products for the building trade professional and do-it-yourselfer.

About Masco Corporation

Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), parent company of Arrow Fastener, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home and family, including Behr® paint, Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures, KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets, Milgard® windows and doors and Verve(TM) lighting systems. Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products through Masco Contractor Services and Masco Home Services. Visit for more information on the Masco family of brands.

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