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Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving being so late this year, it’s given our Graphics Department a chance to be a little creative with the Klein Tools turkey.

And there are a couple of other blogs out there that are “gobbling” up our clever bird:

On a serious note, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the meaningful moments throughout the past year, and give thanks for those moments. And at Klein Tools, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.

But every year, we are most thankful for our loyal fans and customers.

We take great pride in delivering products made with the highest quality materials and superior workmanship, so that every tool we make has the performance, durability, and precision to stand up to the demands of professionals, like you, who use them every day. So, thank you for your continued support, and…

Fox Business News Talks Manufacturing with Tom Klein

If you were flipping through channels last week and happened to stumble upon Fox Business Channel (or if you were following us on Facebook or Twitter), then you might’ve gotten a quick glimpse inside our manufacturing facility in Lincolnshire, IL.

Fox Business News highlighted their Friday manufacturing segments with a series of quick live broadcasts from Klein Tools’ Lincolnshire plant. That is where we make screwdrivers, nut drivers, and other products.

A Fox Business News reporter was also on hand to gather some important manufacturing information from Klein Tools President Tom Klein.

A Chill is in the Air

Like it or not, winter has pretty much arrived. At Klein Tools’ headquarters in Chicago, we saw our first snowfall this week, followed by a nasty dip in temperatures (wind chills in the 10s?!).

I’ll admit, I write these blog posts from the comfort of my cube in a climate-controlled office building, but I can empathize with anyone who has to work outside in this kind of weather. So, even though the REALLY cold weather is yet to come, it’s never too early to be reminded of how to stay safe in these kinds of temperatures.

Macy’s Makes Magic With Klein

We’re just barely into November, and it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Stores are fully stocked with holiday décor, Christmas tree lightings are underway, and Starbucks is selling its popular holiday drinks. And we are happily jumping on the holiday bandwagon, because Christmas has come a little early here at Klein Tools.

Our classic Canvas Tool Bag has popped up in another unexpected place... the holiday window display at Macy’s in downtown Chicago, which was unveiled this past weekend.

With Great Work Comes Great Rewards

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

We’re not big on bragging here at Klein Tools, but we’re pretty sure we have some of the best customers around. And we’re not JUST talking about the hard-working, dedicated-to-their-craft, tradesperson. We’re talking about the all-around good guys (and gals!).

Case in point: Gerald Schumacher.

Gerald entered our search for the World’s Oldest Pliers earlier this year. He didn’t have the oldest pliers, but at 89 years old, he was the Oldest Original User to submit an entry. This Navy veteran bought his first pair of “Klein’s” back in 1956. Even though he didn’t win the grand prize, we sent him some new tools for sharing his great story, which you can read here.

Tailgating — Klein Tools Style!

There’s nothing quite like tailgating with friends before a football game.  It doesn’t matter what the level of play is, whether it’s high school, college or the pros.  Getting up early, brewing a pot of coffee and hitting the pavement always feels better when you’re gearing up for football.  At Klein Tools, we share the same passion for pigskin and we have the tools to let you tailgate in style.

For that early morning coffee, nothing beats the Klein Tools Insulated Beverage Hauler.   The Beverage Hauler features double-walled stainless steel insulation, as well as the largest cushion grip handle you’ve ever seen.  With a stainless steel cap that doubles as a cup, your favorite beverage can be enjoyed in any setting.

30th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo

What exactly is a lineman’s rodeo? Well unfortunately, there are no bulls or rodeo clowns. Instead, the Lineman’s Rodeo attracts some of the most skilled linemen in the world to compete in a variety of events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. While the “International Tree Climbing Competition” may have been a better way to describe this event, it really just doesn’t have the same ring to it as the Lineman’s Rodeo.

Over 200 teams of apprentices will be on hand to participate in the 2013 International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo which kicks off this week just outside of Kansas City, Kansas. The expo portion of the event will be held on October 17-18 and will be located at the Overland Park Convention Center at 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. The actual rodeo will be held on Saturday, October 19 in Bonner Springs, Kansas at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame.

Born in the USA: An Inside Look at Klein Plastics

Klein Plastics in Rockford, MI was opened in 2005 and is one of Klein’s seven American manufacturing plants. One of the main functions of this plant is fitting handles inside of screwdriver blades and nut driver tubes that are shipped over from our corporate headquarters in Lincolnshire, IL. After this operation is complete, the finished products are shipped to our distribution facility in Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to finishing screwdrivers and nut drivers, Klein Plastics manufactures our line of fish tape tools and through this operation the plant has developed a method to increase efficiency while decreasing waste. This process is outlined below:

STEP ONE: Cases and handles are manufactured

klein tools cases and handles

Quick and Dirty Tool Tips

Sometimes when you’re on the job or working at home you may not have everything you need to get the job done. Ever drill a hole in the wrong spot? How about being short a wrench while helping a friend?  Instead of running out to the store, here are some quick tips for troubleshooting on the fly.

  • Say you’re working at home and accidentally drill a hole where you shouldn’t, to fix this take a wooden golf tee and put it into the hole as far as it will go.  Saw the tee off, sand the area and re-finish the wood.  Your wife will never know the difference.

Appreciating our Grandparents

klein tools electicalWhen you’re growing up your grandparents are usually your best friends.  All they want to do is play with you and make you happy.  There is usually a loving competition between grandparents from each side of your family to try and be the favorite, but the only winner in the competition is you. When my grandparents weren’t in full-blown spoil mode they were usually passing down their hobbies and interests.  Some of the best memories I have from my youth are those days I spent with my grandpa as he taught me how to play chess and showed me the greatness of baseball.  This early exposure to these hobbies meant that chess and baseball would become a permanent fixture in my life and shows just how much of an impact our grandparents can have on us. 

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