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Company History

The Flynn family has roots in the steel industry that date back to the late 1800’s. Bob’s father entered the steel business in 1939 after receiving his J.D. from Harvard University and quickly became head of Houghton & Richards, Inc. Nearly two decades later, Bob joined the company in 1968 and was appointed president after just two years on the job. He subsequently expanded the business to five locations across the US; this successful growth lead to a sale of the company in 1996.


International Tool Steel, Inc. (ITS) was founded in 2003 by Bob and the next generation of the Flynn Family. ITS is headquartered in Needham, MA and has a 60,000 square foot distribution center in Fountain Inn, SC. The company works internationally to supply customers with the finest tool steel available in the global marketplace.