About Ames®

For more than 250 years, AMES tools have reshaped America, from the ground up. Each time someone holds an AMES tool, they see "EST. 1774," a visible reminder of the enduring passion that has gone into providing tools for two centuries and counting.

Our tools built America®

The AMES story goes back to 1774, when Captain John Ames began making America’s first shovels. We’ve been building America ever since, through wartime and peacetime, boom and bust. And we’ve had our share of adventure along the way—we’ve dug for gold, gone on expeditions to Antarctica, and built at least two of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

And just like America, we’re still working every day to build the next great wonder.

An American legacy still going strong

As one of America's oldest brands, we are committed to serving high quality lawn and garden tools nationwide. Now, as a global brand, we are able to share our amazing tools worldwide.

Read more about the history of AMES.

A commitment to sustainability

At AMES, we love growing things as much as you do. That’s why we’re committed to using sustainable practices in every phase of our business. From monitoring water use to measuring carbon output, we carefully track the environmental impact of our work and continually strive to improve it. Because good corporate stewardship means more green for all of us — more trees, cleaner water, healthier communities and healthier families.


National Garden Clubs

Since 2014, AMES has been a proud sponsor of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The NGC is a volunteer organization with an international network of garden clubs, the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. It promotes a variety of gardening-related opportunities from community gardening to gardening education classes in support of civic and environmental responsibility.