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Posted on:April 18, 2016 7:41 am CDT
Thanking the linemen who work in dangerous environments to keep us safe

By Mark Klein

Today the nation pauses to give thanks to the thousands of men and women who risk their lives working as electrical linemen. April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day, established by U.S. Congress to honor those who regularly put their lives on the line to keep our lights and power on. Linemen repair downed power lines in the middle of hurricanes; bring lights back on during snow storms; and work atop poles over busy highways. We're glad to have a day dedicated to thank those who work in harm's way to keep us safe.

Posted on:April 6, 2016 11:47 am CDT

Klein Tools is committed to being an American manufacturer, but as our world becomes more global we have found opportunities to bring our American-made products to electricians in other countries. For over 10 years now, we’ve participated in the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, and at this year's show we were recognized for our continued participation.

The International Hardware Fair is a trade show that brings manufacturers from all over the world to showcase their latest and greatest tools. In year's past, we proudly displayed our legacy products; pliers, screwdrivers, nut drivers, wire pulling tools, tool bags, and more. In recent years though, we've been able to bring with us tools manufactured specifically for the unique requirements of countries outside North America. And I'd like to highlight them for you in this blog post.

Posted on:April 1, 2016 1:48 am CDT

Since 1857, Klein Tools has been most known for our pliers. That's no secret. But since 2002, another Klein favorite has been bubbling towards the top – the Beverage Tool. Originally brewed as a promotional item, this handy [off the] jobsite tool is now one of the best-selling tools in the entire company! Thanks to the Beverage Tool's unexpected success, we realize there is an untapped market…

Introducing Klein Kraft Brews!

Four quality crafted beers that stand up to the demands of the professionals who drink them.

Introducing Klein Kraft Brews
Posted on:March 24, 2016 10:14 am CDT

Do you remember what was happening back in 1990? 25 years ago?

Several major world events happened that year, including the demolition of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and the start of the Gulf War.

The first seasons of The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and Beverly Hills, 90210 ran in 1990. Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Best New Artist Grammy after it was discovered they did not actually sing the songs on their hit record. And the most complete skeleton of a T-Rex, named Sue, was discovered in South Dakota.

It was also the year that these eight people started their career at Klein Tools…and they are all still working here!

Klein Tools 25 Year Club - 2016 Inductees

If you've been following this blog, you may already know that we give very special recognition to employees of Klein who reach 25 years of employment. The company hosts a special dinner for all of the new inductees each year and each receives a special gift in commemoration.

Posted on:February 8, 2016 8:31 am CST

It was a busy end to 2015/start of 2016 for us here at Klein Tools! If you hadn't noticed, we've launched a LOT of exciting new products in the last few months! As you can imagine, it's kept us pretty busy. So busy, in fact, that we are just now sitting down to all the great reviews and feedback we've received on these new tools.

Naturally, we're very proud of all of the tools we produce for the trade. A lot of thought and research goes into the development of those tools. And we're always hopeful that they deliver the quality and purposeful use that we try to instill in all our products.

But it's also very nice to see others recognizing our hard work, and I wanted to take a moment to share some particularly nice recognition we've received recently. We are truly appreciative of their kind words!

Posted on:January 15, 2016 1:20 pm CST

336...no, that's not the number of days left in 2016. That's actually the number of pages in the current Klein Tools tool catalog. What does that mean? It means we manufacture and sell A LOT of different types of tools!

Many of them you are probably already aware of and (hopefully) have many of them in your tool bag. But with 3,000+ tools brandishing the Klein name, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the other products we offer.

Posted on:December 28, 2015 2:29 pm CST

When a holiday tradition involves a giant ball lit with hundreds of lights slowly sliding down a giant pole at a specified time you KNOW an electrician probably had something to do with it…

Of course, I'm talking about the New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and believe it or not, it was an electrician who came up with the whole ball drop idea!

NYC NYE Times Square Ball Drop 1Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times/Redux

First, a little background…

Posted on:December 16, 2015 8:13 am CST

We all know that Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the light bulb, but did you know he is also closely connected to the invention of the first Christmas lights?

Just one year after inventing the incandescent light bulb, Edison created the first strands of electric lights and put them up outside his Menlo Park Laboratory during the 1880 Christmas season. But it was Edison's friend and business partner Edward H. Johnson, who would create the first Christmas tree lights. Two years later, in 1882, Johnson hand-wired a strand of 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree!

Posted on:October 13, 2015 12:51 pm CDT

We've been all about the electricians lately with the recent crowning of our 2015 Electrician of the Year, but we certainly haven't forgotten about our lineman brothers and sisters.

Linemen are a huge part of our heritage. Heck, we have a lineman climbing a pole as part of our logo - our "lineman logo." And the classic story of Mathias Klein, the founder, making the first pair of Klein pliers? Well, he made them for a telegraph lineman, of course.

Posted on:October 8, 2015 11:03 am CDT

I don't have to tell you that there are many great electricians out there. This week, we got to recognize and reward one of the best.

Congratulations to Joey Hall – the Klein Tools 2015 Electrician of the Year!

Congratulations to Joey Hall – our 2015 Electrician of the Year!

Joey was revealed as our Electrician of the Year during a special Klein Tools event on October 5th. He was also rewarded with a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab truck customized by off-road specialists, Addictive Desert Designs.

It suits him well, don't you think?

As cool as this truck is, our search for the Electrician of the Year was about much more. We were on a mission (again!) to find an electrician who excelled in the areas of professional achievement, safety excellence, and community dedication.

Joey's nomination story was one that stood out right away. He was named the Region 3 "Great Lakes" winner, along with five other regional winners – all finalists for our Electrician of the Year. We flew the finalists to San Francisco where Joey was named Electrician of the Year.

So what made Joey's story stand out?

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