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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!

Posted on:April 18, 2016
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

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

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


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