Since 1857, Klein Tools has been manufacturing tools in America, and it’s as important for the Klein family to keep that tradition now, as it was more than 150 years ago. You see, Klein isn’t just the name of our company; it’s also our family name, so we have to be proud of everything we make.
These days, it can be hard to find companies that make products you can count on. But that’s exactly what you’ll get from Klein Tools.
We don’t just make great products; we make great products that stand up to the demands of the professionals who use them every day. Because our standards are as high as yours, we demand that every one of our hand tools delivers all the performance, durability and precision that you need to get the job done right.
And by using only the highest quality materials, superior workmanship, and keeping our manufacturing as close to home as possible, we’re able to uphold those rigorous standards.
Klein Tools continues to invest in U.S. manufacturing and is committed to maintaining its place as the favorite among electricians. Klein is the only major tool manufacturer worldwide focused on electrical and utility applications. No other manufacturer of hand tools and related products used in electrical applications makes more items in America than Klein Tools. We appreciate your business and interest in Klein Tools and hope the information on this page will answer questions you have about our commitment to US manufacturing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What commitment has Klein Tools made to American manufacturing?
A: Klein Tools was founded in the USA in 1857. We are continually investing in our manufacturing capabilities in the US as we grow our product lines. Over the last 10 years, the vast majority of our investments have been to increase our U.S. manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, while we have recently built several new facilities, we also continue to invest in our existing factories to support improvement initiatives in product quality and productivity. Future planned investments in excess of $100 million will allow us to manufacture in the USA some of the products we currently source as well as make new USA-made products that would otherwise be imported without this investment.
Q: What does ‘Made in the USA’ mean?
A: When our products say ‘Made in the USA,’ they are, in fact, made in the USA. It is illegal to mislabel a product's “Country of Origin”. According to the FTC, “for a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be ‘all or virtually all’ made in the U.S. The term ’United States’, as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories and possessions.” You can learn more here.
Q: How many of your tools are made in the USA?
A: The vast majority of the products we sell are made in the USA. The exact percentage changes frequently as we insource some products to our USA plants and add new products to our lineup. Klein has introduced many new US-manufactured products in recent years (hole-making, screwdrivers, fish tapes, utility wrenches, buckets, bags, etc.). We have invested in four new US manufacturing facilities in the past decade, and have invested heavily in new equipment and tooling in our plants to expand our capacity and quality.
Q: Why are some of your tools made overseas?
A: Like most global companies, we do source some products abroad, but Klein Tools makes 14 times more products here in the United States than we do in any other country. For any of our outsourced products, we invest our time and money into the design and quality of those products so that when you buy a Klein tool you’ll know what all the professionals know… when you pick up a Klein, it'll never let you down.
We live in an international business environment and Klein is expanding throughout the world selling products that are made in the USA. While we would like to manufacture every product we sell in the USA, it is just not possible. However, Klein Tools manufactures more SKUs of tools used in electrical applications here in the United States than any of our competitors.
With few, if any, exceptions, the products we source are new additions to our lineup or tools which we may not have the capabilities to manufacture ourselves immediately. Our job is to supply American tradespeople with the best tools available anywhere in the world, and we manufacture these tools ourselves, in the USA, when at all possible.
Q: Is Klein Tools shipping jobs overseas?
A: Klein Tools has never closed a manufacturing facility in the United States and sent jobs overseas, and we have no intention of doing so in the future.
You can read more about Klein Tools and its commitment to US Manufacturing online at ProTools Review or clicking the icon on the right.
Klein Tools operates the following plants in the U.S.:
Lincolnshire, IL • USA
Mansfield, TX • USA
Manufactures pliers, cable cutters and wire strippers
Mansfield, TX • USA
Manufactures screwdrivers, nut drivers and fishtapes
Elk Grove Village, IL • USA
Manufactures tool forgings of high quality, proprietary tool steel
Fort Smith, AR • USA
Manufactures leather and canvas goods
Cedar Rapids, IA • USA
Worldwide Distribution Center
Bolivar, NY • USA
Manufactures high quality scissors and other cutlery products
Klein Tools de Mexico has operated a plant in Mexico City since 1970. This plant produces products for the Mexican and Central American markets. A few tools that are made here are sold in the U.S., like our knockout punches, but for the most part Mexican made products are consumed in Mexico.