Bullet Tools is a U.S. manufacturing company recognized as the pioneer and world’s leading authority of fixed-blade cutting tools for the construction industry and has earned a global reputation for the EZ and Magnum dust-free installation tools that improve efficiency, accuracy and safety in the flooring, siding and insulation categories.
Rooted in America
Based in Hayden, Idaho, Bullet Tools is a family-owned business with a history of innovation that began in 1998 when a long-time contractor decided there had to be a better way to install flooring without electricity, dust and constantly moving in and out of buildings. With humble beginnings in rural America and a commitment to support American workers, the company now serves the global marketplace and derives more than half its business from international markets where specific installation needs are met with custom products.
It started with an idea….
Known world-wide for industry-changing, cordless/dustless “green” cutting solutions, Bullet Tools started in a young family’s double-wide mobile home in 1998 with a simple idea born of necessity by a flooring installer, Dalen Gunn, who became the company’s founder. Armed with hands-on construction industry experience and a commitment to improving installation efficiency and safety, Dalen built his company into a world leader in insulation, siding and flooring industry cutting solutions.
“It can’t be done” fueled the idea…
“It can’t be done” are words that drive Gunn’s personal and professional quest to overcome challenge and help others. After a near-fatal car accident at age 18, Gunn first heard “It can’t be done” and he walked anyway. The next “It can’t be done” was being denied disability income and while that “no” created severe physical and financial struggles; it also gave birth to Gunn’s resolve to work through any challenge. Even when local banks repeatedly denied his loan request, Gunn persisted and eventually found the capital needed to expand. And when much bigger companies infringed patent laws, Gunn’s perseverance and commitment won out.
And the idea grew...
What started as a family-operated assembly line in their double-wide turned into a global manufacturing facility turning out innovative installation cutting tools “built here so you can build here.” With more than 300 percent growth during the past five years, Bullet Tools has a national presence and also exports more than 50 percent of its products to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom with additional markets seeking its expertise.
Bullet Tools today
In order to better drive the company’s mission to develop unique cutting solutions that help the professional and the DIYer alike, Dalen and Mary Gunn transitioned their son-in-law Ben Toews into the president’s seat in 2012. This move allowed Gunn to concentrate on the targeted research and creative engineering upon which the company’s foundation was built.
Toews, a Gonzaga University honors graduate who began working at Bullet Tools while attending college, is committed to maintaining the company’s core product line while developing new products and partnering with manufacturers to bring greater time-saving efficiency, safety, and accuracy to the job site.
In addition to industry innovation, Toews advocates and maintains excellence in time-honored management practices that focus on serving the needs of both the employees and the communities they live in. The company’s corporate office and manufacturing facility remain on its original site where the double-wide mobile home graces the entrance and is a constant reminder that the American Dream lives on.