Sowa Tool About Us

Who Is Sowa Tool

Sowa Tool is a family of brands each with their own specialties and specializations, from our premium GS Tooling to our more economic STM Tooling solutions we are in a unique position to be able to offer products for a wide range of needs, specifications, tolerance thresholds and budgets. Our Sowa family of brands are not just window dressing for one single brand. We have built all of our brands so that they can stand on their own as individual brands. From drilling to cutting to precision measuring we are uniquely qualified to serve all your needs under one roof.

Sowa at a Glance

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    Partnered Distributors

  • Brands Carried


    Brands Carried

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The Sowa Difference

All Under One Roof

With the Sowa family of brands, we are uniquely qualified to cater to all our customer’s needs under a single umbrella.  We at Sowa take pride in our ability to create a streamlined purchasing experience thanks to our family of brands.

Same Day Shipping

We never want you to wait for your order, so we make sure your order ships out the same day when you order before 3:00pm EST on all in stock products.

Consolidated Experience

No longer do you need to shop around, as the Sowa family of brands will help consolidate freight charges, reduce your total number of purchase orders, and reduce the number of relationships you will need to maintain to run your business.

Personalized Service

Don’t have a part number? Not sure what you need? That’s ok! Our Customer Service Reps are second to none are here to get you what you need, when you need it.

Keeping Up Stock

We have stock – Sowa makes large investments in our inventory levels to help serve you better. Sowa carries everything for under your spindle, and more! No need to wait on a back ordered product as our 90% 1st pass fill rate means you will always have what you need when you need it.

Our History

Sowa Tool began when founder, Gerhard Sowa Sr., immigrated from Germany to Canada to start a new life in 1960. Perceiving the need for quality metalworking solutions, he began to import tools and offer them to local manufacturers. Sowa Tool was born. As the business grew, he opened an office and built a strong team, including his son and current CEO, Gerhard Sowa Jr. Recognizing their customers ability to compete relied on identifying better solutions, including tooling, the Sowa team turned their focus to developing their own line of unrivaled tooling. Through a combination of acquisition and continuous product development, the Sowa Family of brands now includes the following:

GS ToolingGS Tooling

Sowa Tool’s premium brand delivers top-tier quality and performance that rivals or exceeds the best in the world. These products offer premium features and dependability, at shockingly affordable prices, making them an ideal choice for applications where accuracy and speed matter most.


Sowa’s family of metrology solutions deliver absolute confidence born from its European engineering, and each tool beginning its journey in our ISO 17025 accredited labs. This premium heritage product priced at a non-premium price, delivers significant value for your money.


Our approach to this brand ensures that our customers receive excellent value for their investment by delivering a broad assortment of metalworking tools at an exceptional value. These tools typically apply to less demanding applications seen on the standard shop floor where the cost of the tool has the greatest influence on the selection process.


With our Sowa branded tools, we bring to our customers high performance cutting tools engineered to deliver superior tool life, machining efficiency & quality while still offering maximum value for your money.


Sowa Tool’s exclusive line of general-purpose live centres with its roots in European quality that deliver excellent accuracy, rigidity, and durability at a price point that suits most budgets. Sowa carries a wide range of in-stock standard models to suit most common turning applications.


Sowa Tool’s exclusive line of European universal boring and facing heads offer superior accuracy and precision for all your facing and boring applications. They feature an easy-to-adjust design, durable castings, and precision spindle bearings for a consistently accurate finish.

With this line-up, Sowa Tool is uniquely qualified to serve all your needs under one roof. Find out how Sowa can tool your world and provide the competitive edge for your business.

Our Values

  • Commitment & passion

    We believe that when you’re seen getting your hands dirty, helping solve challenges, you will be the best from those around you. A lack of passion can be felt and will never garner the best.

  • Put the customer first

    We always keep our customers at the top of our minds. Getting what our customers’ needs will always be our number one priority and trump any other goals every time.

  • Inspire others

    We aim to inspire by example, executing our vision and setting a good example for those around us. Staying supportive and positive must be visible through our actions, not just our words.

  • Create & innovate

    Creative thinking and constant innovation are what make up stand out from the crowd.  Who cares if we have some failures?  We keep pushing.  Trying a good idea is always better than doing nothing.