Building on Quality and Innovation

Snap-on, Building on Quality and Innovation

Snap-on Museum 

Corporate Headquarters



With a 100th anniversary approaching in 2020, leaders at Snap-on Incorporated decided it was time to update the company’s museum – to reflect more closely its commitment to quality and innovation, the link between the company’s legacy and the culture that sustains it today, and the global scale of its family of brands beyond Snap-on tools.


When the project’s designer, Kahler Slater Experience Design, needed a partner to fabricate and install 4,000-plus square feet of exhibits at Snap-on in just 21 weeks, the firm called Xibitz. Previous collaborations had proven that Xibitz would have the expertise in fabrication and the management skills to deliver the project on time.


Xibitz was responsible for detail design and fabrication of cases, pedestals, platforms, wall panel systems and graphics using glass, metals, wood, laminates and acrylics. 


Snap-on Museum Experience earned an international Merit Award in exhibition design from the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) 

Snap-on has a 95-year-old unique and powerful history, and we wanted to combine the narrative with the physical space that tells our associates, franchisees and community our story.

—Genia Hesser, Curator of Exhibits


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[Beyond tools. 

Headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Snap-on is a $3.3 billion S&P 500 company that sells products and services globally. Set in a 25,000-square-foot factory space reclaimed for training and events, its museum includes custom mobile toolboxes that can be reconfigured for varied audiences.]


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X: on this project:

 Lead Firm, Kahler Slater

Financial Management

Project & Scheduling Management

Contractor Coordination

Facility Interface Coordination

• Lighting & Design Solutions

 Lighting & Electrical Integration

 Construction Drawings

 Graphic Production Files

 Production & Installation

• On-Site Training

• Maintenance Manuals 

 Warranty Service


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Snap-on, Building on Quality and Innovation

The mass-produced Ford Model T with completely interchangeable parts set a new standard for efficient and rational manufacturing. Snap-on adapted the cars as mobile sales vehicles.


Snap-on, Building on Quality and Innovation

With its “5 does the work of 50” tool kit Snap-on established socket tools as the industry standard for fitting consistent, interchangeable auto parts.


Snap-on, Building on Quality and Innovation

Today, Snap-on continues to be an industry leader with a family of brands sold around the world.


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