An early photo of Robert Labbe operating his pin machines which he
designed and built himself.
In 1956, Bob Labbe age 24 was
employed as a toolmaker in Hartford Connecticut. He had a vision of a high speed screw
machine that could produce lock tumbler pins 20 times faster than any machine he knew
of. When discussing this with his peers, they said it couldn't be done. The speeds
required for such a production rate would not allow it. Well, that's exactly the
type of motivation that drives Bob. Just tell him it can't be done and he'll think of
twenty different ways to do it. Within one year his first lock tumbler pin machine was
producing parts that met his original objective and LAB was born. He refined his design as
he built eleven more machines. Some of his early customers were Eagle Lock and Lori Lock.
In 1974 Bob Labbe revolutionized
Lock Pin Kit designs by creating single level universal kits that were virtually leakproof
and non existent. Bob would attend trade shows and literally throw his kits on the floor
to demonstrate his new leak-proof designs and display his one level pinning system.
In 1977 Bob again revolutionized
the Lock Pin industry when he created and copyrighted the .003 Universal Pin System. These
were the smoothest operating, most accurate universal pins manufactured.
In 1978 after several moves to
accommodate the growing business Bob purchased a building in Plymouth, Connecticut.
As the company continued to grow
Bob assembled a talented staff of engineers and a marketing team. The LAB Team began to
aggressively market tumbler pins and pin kits and quickly became one of the most respected
brand names in the security industry. The accuracy and quality of LAB Tumbler Pins and
Kits became the standard for the entire industry.
In 1994 LAB moved into its World
Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
Now LAB is the largest manufacturer
of quality lock tumbler pins and kits servicing major lock manufacturers and security
LAB's corporate headquarters
and manufacturing facility are all housed in this modern new building in
A Trip Down Memory Lane...
The first building..
The first machine Bob built.
Currently on display in our lobby.
This is the hand made prototype of the first Single-Level Universal Kit.
Bob made it in 1973.
Bob at the ALOA Trade Show
One of Bob's first Ad's in Keynotes of 1978
Early Ad for the U-99 .003 Kit in Keynotes of 1980
Ad Featruing Bobby Hunter
Ad featuring Locksmiths from Calvert Safe and Lock of Derby Connecticut