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Skilled Trades Shortage: Part 1

If you follow the Klein Tools Facebook page, you might have noticed a post we made last week showing some pretty interesting information about Skilled Trade Workers. The post was about the ManpowerGroup’s 2014 survey on the hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. For the fifth year in a row, Skilled Trade Workers was at the top of their list.

If you are a glass half-full kind of person, this may seem like good news. A surplus in jobs! But the reality is, this is more of a glass half-empty situation, and it looks like it could get even worse.

Father’s Day Gift List

Father’s Day is Sunday…this Sunday…as in 3 days away! For those of you who already have a gift, a card, or plans made, good for you. For those of us who haven’t (guilty!), or if you are a dad looking for ideas to give your procrastinating children, you have come to the right place.

US News & World Report came up with a good general list of Father’s Day gift ideas, but I’m going to help you out even more by giving you some specific suggestions based on their general suggestions. Here goes:

The Standards for Insulated Tools

Have you seen the sleek design of our brand-new Electrician’s Insulated Tools? The slimmer handle design makes them more comfortable in your hand and easier to store in a tool pouch. Great features, for sure, but when you’re talking about insulated tools, the most important feature should be safety.

Stay Cool This Summer

It seems like Old Man Winter has finally gone into his own hibernation (for now…). Although we’re all ready to thaw out after that brutal winter, the heat of summer can be brutal, too. That is the message behind OSHA’s “Water. Rest. Shade.” Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.

The Buzz About the VDV Commander™

I was browsing Buzzfeed this week (a perfectly legitimate way to waste a couple of hours) and came across this handy list of things I didn’t know my iPhone could do. It got me thinking of our brand-new VDV Commander™. This Voice-Data-Video tester is only a couple inches larger than an iPhone, and also has a whole slew of features. In this case, these features are for anyone doing low-voltage work.

Hi-Viz Diving

Our mission here at Klein is to make the best possible tools for electricians and professional tradespeople, but sometimes our tools find a profound purpose in the most unexpected of places. In the case of our Hi-Viz Diagonal Cutting Pliers, that place is underwater, and that purpose is of the life-saving kind.

Manufacturing in the USA

Last week was a very exciting week here at Klein Tools… it was the Grand Opening of our 8th U.S. manufacturing facility!

On April 10th, we cut the “ribbon” at Klein Tools’ new Heat Treat facility in Mansfield, TX. This 60,000 square foot facility houses all the necessary equipment to, as the name suggests, heat treat Klein Wire Cutting and Stripping products (e.g. pliers, wire strippers). Of course, our ribbon was actually a Klein fiberglass fish tape and we used our high-leverage linesman pliers to do the cutting.

Klein Cameos

I’m always surprised by the random places I see Klein Tools products or Klein branded items.

I spotted a Klein screwdriver in the wine section at a grocery store. At Buffalo Wild Wings, I saw a guy chowing down on wings while wearing a Klein Tools t-shirt. And there are Klein Lineman Buckets in use in one of the harbors in downtown Chicago. I’ve also seen Klein tools make cameos on some of those home design shows on TV.

More recently Klein Tools products have been spotted on other TV shows, some of them on major networks. Check it out!

Klein "Cutlery"

We know you guys love our Cushion-Grip Bottle Opener, and who wouldn’t? In fact, I’m planning to use mine when I get home from work tonight.

I’m also planning on busting out my brand-new Cushion-Grip Utensils and Steak Knives…Yep, you read that right. Now you can use Klein tools when you work AND when you eat!

Luck of the Electrician

I know St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, but I’m starting to think the luck may be with electricians right now, instead of the Irish! Let me give you three examples of why:

  • Thomas Mainella: This 62-year-old electrician from Long Island, NY learned that bad traffic can actually be VERY rewarding.

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