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Posted on:April 10, 2020

Klein Snapshot – April 10

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 2014

40” LED TV: $289.99
Clorox Bleach, 64oz bottle: $1.99
Milk, 1 gallon: $3.89

Posted on:April 2, 2020

To our valued customers:

We’d like to reassure you that you can continue to rely on Klein Tools during these difficult times. While millions of Americans are forced to take shelter, Klein Tools understands that you are necessary for the operations and maintenance of critical-infrastructure sectors, including electrical, residential and commercial construction, energy, telecommunications and many others. Klein Tools stands with our customers and other “Essential Businesses.” We intend to keep you well supplied so that you can keep our nation running.

Posted on:April 1, 2020

Since 1857, Klein Tools has been providing the highest quality hand tools to help trade professionals succeed on their jobsites. With over 160 years of experience, we’ve perfected the products you need to get your job done right. However, our founder, Mathias Klein, had a vision that went beyond the jobsite. He wanted his brand to reach across all parts of life, and allow a tradesperson to really incorporate Klein Tools into each facet of their everyday routines. Which is why today, Klein Tools is excited to announce the launch of our newest line, The Blacksmith Collection.

Blacksmith Collection from Klein Tools

Posted on:March 27, 2020

During these trying times, we recognize how hard your jobs can be. Being trade professionals, many of you remain needed and at work, even as the majority of the population works remotely or not at all. We’ve started to hear your stories about the work you’re continuing to do, and how it’s contributing to keeping the economy moving forward.

-I am a plant electrician for Miami-Dade county Water and Sewer in Florida. All of the great workers for the county are here to support the people in the surrounding areas in these challenging times. – Michael, Florida

- As a third year electrical apprentice, I work for one of the biggest companies in the Tampa Bay area, APG Electric. We provide a large array of services and products, but the most important to me is to provide and maintain life safety services to a large number of health care facilities and hospitals across Florida. – Alan, Florida

-The small contractor that I am currently working for, we are inspecting, cleaning and maintaining traffic signals and cabinets around various communities close to where the shop is located. We also do residential, commercial and industrial service calls but, due to the recent outbreaks, that side has been really slow. – Matt, Illinois

Posted on:March 20, 2020

This week we celebrated the Vernal (spring) Equinox, the day during which the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of both day and night are almost exactly the same. This event also marks the season change from winter to spring. This is the perfect time to refresh your space and make sure your home electrical is functioning properly.

Earth experiences two equinoxes per year, one in the spring and one in the fall, in September when the season changes from summer to fall.  The spring equinox brings about earlier sunrises, later sunsets and more plant growth. Because earth tilts on an axis, not straight up and down, this is the day when the northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light.

Posted on:March 13, 2020

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 1901

Prime rib: $0.17 per pound
Women’s shoes: $1.10-$1.25 per pair
Laundry service: $0.05 per shirt  

What was happening in the world:
-William McKinley was beginning his second term as President of the United States, with Theodore Roosevelt as his vice president
-Albert Einstein was published in an academic journal for the first time, the Annalen der Physik which printed his “Folgerungen aus der Kapillaritatserscheinungen” aka “Deductions from the Phenomena of Capillarity”
-The first tourist resort opened in Hawaii, The Moana Hotel in Waikiki, and is still open today

Posted on:March 6, 2020

March 1-7 is National Women in Construction week. According to the National Association of Women in Construction, this week was created to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry, and to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the industry. Women in Construction week has been around for 60 years, with the first celebration happening in 1960 in Amarillo, Texas.

Construction, like many other trades, tends to be a more male-dominated industry. Women make up just under 10 percent of construction professionals, with many of them holding jobs in sales or office roles. About one fourth of women in construction are employed in physical labor roles. On a positive note, the construction industry does have one of the smallest gender pay gaps, with women in the industry making on average 99.1 percent of what men make. With the industry facing a large labor shortage overall, there is a great opportunity for women to make gains in the field.

Posted on:February 28, 2020

As with all skilled trades, the need for plumbing professionals has grown over the last few years. This need is expected to keep growing in the new decade. Because of this, the benefits of a job in the plumbing field are only increasing year over year. Certain cities are far more beneficial for plumbing professionals. Previously we’ve looked at the best cities for both electricians and HVAC professionals.  Today we’ll switch our focus to where plumbing professionals stand to gain the most.

Like any trade, as populations grow and more buildings are built, the more skilled professionals are needed to keep up with demand. It is predicted that there will be a 14% growth in employment in the plumbing field over the next decade, so there will certainly be jobs to go around.

A surprising fact in looking at the best cities for plumbing professionals is that many are small or midsize cities, as opposed to larger ones. This relates to smaller cities having aging workers that are getting closer to retirement and will need to be replaced.

Posted on:February 21, 2020

We’ve spent the last few months looking at our own history, but we haven’t investigated the history of Klein Tools’ foundation: hand tools! A hand tool, by definition, is any tool that you power with your hand and not a motor. While the tools that we use today are streamlined and often multi-functional, rudimentary versions of these tools have existed as long as humans have.

Stones were the first tools, as seen during the – aptly named – Stone Age. Because humans don’t have claws or teeth long enough to tear through skin, cutting tools were necessary to obtain and prepare food. “Cutting” stones that had naturally sharp edges came to use first. Following this, early humans began to sharpen blunt stones to get the same effect. They also used fire to shape wood into useable tools for hunting and other needs.

Posted on:February 14, 2020

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 1941

4 piece bedroom set: $10
Quart of ice cream: $0.30
Movie tickets: $0.15-0.25

What was happening in the world: With the Great Depression over and the U.S. economy growing steadily, the transportation industry was experiencing growth. More people were traveling longer distances for work, and the number of cars on the road was steadily increasing. In New York City, transportation was booming, and less than a year prior, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel had opened. This tunnel was the first roadway under the East River connecting Manhattan and Long Island. February 14, 1941 marked a historic day, as the one-millionth vehicle drove through the tunnel, which is quite surprising considering the tunnel had only been open just shy of three months. Another fun fact: President Franklin D. Roosevelt was actually the first person to drive through said tunnel, a few weeks before it opened to the public.

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