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Smith Level Company was founded by Lester S. Smith in 1951. A bricklayer by trade and member of Bricklayer Local No. 4, now Local 15 KS/MO, Lester found himself unhappy with the quality of levels available. Knowing how important the right tools were to his trade, Lester set out to make a level of his own. After much trial and error, he produced his first level in the basement of his home. He took this level on the job site and used it each day. The bricklayer working next to him quickly took notice and asked if Lester would make one for him and he agreed. Soon, word spread and interest began to grow. Lester continued laying brick by day and making levels at night and weekends in his basement workshop.

As orders grew, Lester sought the help of family members to make levels, with his wife doing the bookwork. Currently, four generations of the Smith family have worked to make these fine levels. We are proud to say that today, the original Smith family still owns and diligently works in all facets of hand making these quality levels.

Although there are "Look-a-Like" levels out there on the market, Smith Levels are the Original Hand-Made Level. Put your trust in Our Family and let us build a level for you!

Lester S. Smith

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