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Posted on:October 11, 2018 4:02 pm CDT

Since 1857, Klein Tools has proudly manufactured tools in the United States. Today, it’s just as important to keep this tradition alive as it was over 160 years ago. From the busy streets of New York to the meadowlands of Texas, our forges blaze, our assembly lines run true, and our people continue to put six generations of expertise into every tool we create. That’s why professionals around the world know that when they pick up a Klein, it’ll never let them down.

Here’s a closer look at the dedicated individuals working at one of our Mansfield, Texas locations, manufacturing your screwdrivers, wire strippers, fish tapes and more.

Posted on:October 3, 2018 3:34 pm CDT

Here’s the good news: over the past year, 297,000 jobs have been added to the construction industry in America alone. That marks a 10-year high! The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reports that the industry continues to add workers and increase wages at greater rates than the economy at large. Average industry earnings have reached $29.95 per hour, which is 10.3 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, and the unemployment rate (3.4 percent) is at an all-time low.

Job outlook for the industry beams positive. The demand for construction continues to rise, even as eighty percent of contractors report difficulties in finding skilled workers to fill open positions. But wages and job demand aren’t the only observable growths within the construction industry. Various uses of technology are also on the rise.

Posted on:September 27, 2018 10:45 am CDT

Can you guess where the Klein Tools team is headed?

Where the cheesesteaks sizzle with deliciousness;
Brotherly Love proudly runs deep;
The Eagles win big;
and the Liberty Bell rings with freedom …

Philadelphia!

NECA 2018
Posted on:September 18, 2018 9:39 am CDT

According to the National Hurricane Center, official hurricane season runs through the Atlantic Basin from June 1 – Nov. 30, with peak season occurring between mid-August and late October. Around the world, people brace themselves for the impact of tropical cyclones and other unpredictable natural disasters. Though some coastal towns are built to endure adverse weather, a storm’s raging rampage can be unavoidable, whirling through any community within its path of destruction.

Posted on:September 10, 2018 1:31 pm CDT

From rustic-style construction ventures to installing modern, practical LED illumination, DIY fads come and go. The only consistency between these trends is actually pretty simple - DIY projects are most often not worth the cost or the risk. The possible mistakes and unforeseen hazards faced along the way from start to finish can result in dangerous fails and are best left at the hands of professionals.

Calls to clean-up these types of repairs aren’t always easy, especially knowing that the problem could have been avoided. But isn’t that one of the joys of working in the trades? The work is never a walk in the park, but at the end of the day, the job gets done safely and correctly.

Posted on:August 30, 2018 3:41 pm CDT

Don’t look away yet - there’s still a blitz on the field!

Klein Tools learned more about this year’s six regional winners while visiting Mansfield, Texas, and we want you to have the inside scoop. From how they got started in the trades, to how they remain dedicated to safety throughout their communities, these MVP’s each have a story worth telling, and reading.

If you haven’t already cast your vote for Klein Tools’ 2018 Electrician of the Year, check out the following instant replay to get to know the regional winners a little closer.

Posted on:August 24, 2018 1:24 pm CDT

The skilled trades gap continues to be the topic of many conversations, but why? According to ManpowerGroup’s 2018 Talent Shortage Survey, skilled trades positions are the hardest to fill globally. New worksites arise from coast-to-coast and across seas, and still, as more experienced tradespeople leave the field, there’s a lack of qualified workers to fill positions. When large-scale projects break ground, some contractors call tradespeople to the area, needing additional hands on the job. Professionals move to new cities to pursue these opportunities, which can be permanent or oftentimes, temporary.

Posted on:August 17, 2018 11:17 am CDT

High-tech installations continue to grow in popularity in both residential, commercial and industrial environments, offering new opportunities and challenges for the trades. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects the employment rate for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers alone to grow up to 15 percent by 2026. This is largely in part due to the increase in demand for energy-efficient climate control systems. To help meet this growing demand of complex jobs, Klein’s team has worked to manufacture the tools needed to efficiently get the job done, resulting in tools designed specifically with HVAC professionals in mind.

Posted on:August 10, 2018 2:31 pm CDT

The official title of Klein’s 2018 Electrician of the Year is still up for grabs.

Klein Tools’ selection team filtered through hundreds of nominations, focusing on professional achievement, safety excellence and community dedication. When the votes were counted, the following six individuals were named the 2018 Regional Winners. Here’s an inside look at the halftime results.

Steve Heryford – Region 1 Northwest

Steve Heryford started as an electrician’s mate in the United States Navy and worked his way to becoming an electrical contractor and owner of his own business. Known for his quality repairs and high safety standards, he is the only electrician the local fire marshal and building inspector trust to work on their personal residences.

Heryford instructs at the local community college’s electrical apprenticeship program, instilling his passion for safety in future electricians. When he is not playing the role of trusted electrician, he acts as high school basketball coach and referee.

John Spier – Region 2 Southwest

Posted on:August 2, 2018 4:53 pm CDT

Professionals depend on a variety of tools in order to get a day’s tasks done right. Lugging all these heavy tools, parts and materials is hard work in itself, but Klein Tools’ tool bags and pouches help professionals stay organized day in and day out, offering so many more storage solutions than other typical tool bags. From Klein’s Tradesman Pro™ line of heavy-duty organizers to the new Signature Series Custom Tool Bags, here are just a few Klein Tools products that will make you say, “Get your hands off my Klein bag!”

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