Bob has a vision
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. ( Photograph shows an early photo of Robert Labbe operating his pin machines which he designed and built himself.)
Bob Labbe Revolutionized Lock Pin Kit designs
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.
Bob Copyrights The .003 Universal Pin System
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.
Lab Gets A Home
After several moves to accommodate the growing business Bob purchased a building in Plymouth, Connecticut.
LAB Continued To Grow
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.
LAB Moves Into Its World Headquarters
In 1994 LAB moved into our World Headquarters building located 700 Emmett Street in Bristol Connecticut.
LAB continues to grow and is now the home of the largest concentration of D-2, D-4 and D-6 Swiss Escomatic screw machines in North America. With annual production in excess of 1.3 billion high-quality precision parts and the capacity for over 2 billion. Our highly trained professional operators and 120+ custom modified Swiss Escomatic Screw Machines make LAB the sought after source for high volume, high quality, precision parts, delivered on time.
This large concentration of machines combined with highly trained professionals give LAB the flexibility and the shortened lead-times sought by purchasing agents from multiple industries. These industries include Mechanical Security(Locks), Firearms, Electronics and Consumer Goods. As the dominate supplier in several categories, LAB is recognized as a “World Class Supplier” and “Supplier of Choice” for manufacturers and market suppliers worldwide.
LAB products are made in the USA governed by our ISO 9001:2015 certified quality management system. (View Certificate Here)