I just got back from Sears. I was in need of a new tape measure and wanted to get a Craftsman even though the warranty doesn’t cover damage to the blades. What I found was a gaping hole in the display rack where there are no longer any Craftsman tape measures. The sales person told me that craftsman was no longer going to be making tape measures. Stanley will be the new brand of tape measure offered at Sears… and there were lots of those.
I also noticed that the Craftsman combination squares were down to just a couple on the rack, and right next to them were the same size combination squares in the “Empire Pro” line, which were exact matches (right down to the tool marks) to the Craftsman. My guess is that not only are the Craftsman combination squares made by Empire, but that Empire Pro is going to be the only combination squares to be sold at sears. (just a hunch)
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com