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Posted on:March 8, 2017

The world wars rocked the traditionally male-dominated American workforce. For the first time in U.S. history, women were encouraged to take on physically demanding – and often higher-paying – factory jobs. Female welders, machine operators and, of course, Rosie the Riveter, flipped the public perception of American women, opening doors to new opportunities in skilled trades.

When the wartime demand for industrial production and factory work faded, however, women were expected to hang up their slacks and resume their traditional administrative or household roles.

More than 70 years and several waves of women’s liberation later, the gender divide among skilled trades is still clear. It’s shrinking, however, thanks to women like Darlene Stokes, director of boot camp at the Electrical Industry Training Center, part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 3. At the beginning of her career, Stokes was certainly on the leading-edge of women in the electrical industry.

Posted on:February 20, 2017

Here at Klein Tools, we make durable, reliable tools for professional tradespeople. Occasionally, we see our products pop up in unique places, however, like when we saw a pastry chef using the IR1000 Infrared Thermometer to temper chocolate. We won’t be launching a chef line any time soon, but it’s always cool to see other pros appreciate the accuracy and precision of Klein Tools products.

Posted on:February 10, 2017

While most of the country is trudging through the last weeks of winter, New Orleans' Carnival season is in full swing, with Mardi Gras just around the corner. Music, lights and beads abound as spectators converge to collect throws from the "krewes," the social clubs that organize and put on parades throughout the season.

Creating a spectacular show year after year requires a lot of hard work, however, especially when each krewe is trying to outdo generations of performances.

That's why they turn to Kern Studios.

Posted on:January 31, 2017
Investing in the Right Tools for the Right Job

Becoming a licensed electrician requires the same line items as most educations: tuition, fees, books and supplies. The cost of entry-level supplies for an apprentice electrician, however, can add up faster than for some other programs. The good news is that the tools don’t change from apprentice to journeyman, so setting yourself up with quality tools first may help you save in the long run.

Posted on:January 24, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed electricians in the United States is in the middle of a significant upswing, growing by 14 percent from 2014 to 2024. That's double the growth rate of most jobs.

The problem is that the number of electricians isn't following the same curve.

Many industries are facing the same problem. Every day, 8,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65, and the rigors of physically demanding trades sometimes force workers into retirement at that suggested age. That means the electrical industry might be losing experienced workers faster than other less strenuous professions.

Posted on:January 12, 2017
Powered North America at Night

In the early days of our company, 160 years ago, electricity wasn't a luxury – it was a mystery.

In 1857, before lightbulbs existed, a German immigrant named Mathias Klein discovered that his knowledge of forging made him a valuable, local resource for the linemen who were deploying Chicago's first telegraph system. His tools quickly became known among the tradesmen for their reliability and durability, so he founded a company around them: Mathias Klein & Sons, now known as Klein Tools.

Mathias' tools not only influenced the history of our company, but also played significant roles in U.S. history. Klein's tools helped skilled workers build Chicago's fast-growing infrastructure, and then rebuild it after the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of the city in 1871. As the country grew, the product lines evolved to serve more industries and workers, including the U.S. military in World Wars I and II.

Posted on:January 9, 2017
Graceland hosts a full weekend of activities every year to celebrate Elvis' birthday. Graceland hosts a full weekend of activities every year to celebrate Elvis' birthday. (Photo:, Jan. 8, 2016)

Elvis fans flocked to Graceland over the weekend to celebrate what would have been his 82nd birthday. Entertainment, tours, tributes and – of course – cake kicked off what is sure to be a year full of exciting Elvis events, ramping up to the August 2017 "Elvis Week" that will honor the 40th anniversary of his death.

Posted on:July 6, 2016

It's that time of year again! We're searching again for the best of the best electricians in the country, and as in year's past, we will be rewarding them with some pretty amazing prizes!

Over the years, we've received some stand-out nominations for our annual Electrician of the Year search. People like our 1st winner, Billy Teaford and last year's winner, Joey Hall.

We also receive quite a few nominations that were good...but left us wanting more.

I want you to be able to submit a nomination that really blows us away, so I've written up some tips, if you will, for writing a stand-out nomination.

Posted on:May 27, 2016

Klein Tools' mission reads like this:

We will continuously pursue world leadership in the design, development, production and marketing of quality products and services that satisfy the needs of trade professionals and others who use tools to do their jobs.

It's a lofty goal, right? To pursue world leadership… It's what we've strived for the last 159 years! And it is something we will continue to strive for over the next 159+ years.

Posted on:May 19, 2016

File this one under "Random places I've seen a Klein product in use."

Recently someone sent me an article from a Las Vegas weekly magazine, Vegas Seven, titled "Tech in the Kitchen." As soon as I opened the link, I was intrigued…

A giant picture of chocolate with the Klein Tools IR1000 Infrared Thermometer poised above it! It turns out a pastry chef at a French-American restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip uses it when tempering chocolate!


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