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Posted on:March 8, 2018

When the U.S. experienced industrial labor shortages during World War II, women marched forward, joining the workforce and picking up the broken pieces left behind in the skilled trades. Rosie the Riveter revolutionized the perception of gender roles, inviting more women to take on jobs such as welding, machine operating and other hands-on, skilled positions. Most women fell – or were pushed – out of the trades when the wartime labor demand waned, however, and have yet to match that level of representation in the trade industries since.

Despite an 81.3 percent growth rate between 1985 and 2007, women are noticeably underrepresented in the U.S. construction industry. Today, just three percent of all U.S. construction workers are women. Because of this, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) continues to grow and foster a supportive network. The NAWIC helps to provide women with the resources needed to be successful in the trades, including opportunities for professional development, advanced education, networking, leadership training and more.

Posted on:March 2, 2018

In 1857, when Mathias Klein forged a single tool for a telegraph lineman in need, the communications industry consisted of just a few bare wires strung on lean telegraph poles. As industrialization swept across the world, the demand for convenient, long-distance methods of communication rose.

After the telegraph, came the telephone, and that’s where Alexander Graham Bell comes in.

On March 7, 1876, Bell became known as the first person to design and patent a functional device used for transmitting the human voice. Just three days later, he would transmit the first, comprehendible sentence through an electrical current.

Posted on:February 23, 2018

“If these walls could talk …” is a common phrase to hear around any historical or otherwise significant property. But did you know that the walls – or other nooks and crannies around jobsites – sometimes do reveal their secrets to the people who are renovating or restoring them? From artifacts found at Seattle’s Space Needle and Buckingham Palace to local discoveries of past workers and pieces of history, here’s a peek at some of the interesting things tradespeople have found on jobsites around the world.

When construction workers were completing a renovation project in Seattle’s Space Needle, they stumbled across a time capsule. Current employees had heard about the capsule but didn’t know where it was hidden or if it even still existed. Thanks to the tradespeople on the job having keen eyes for out-of-place boxes strapped to steel support bars, Space Needle fans got to rediscover its history with mementos from 1982 – 15 years after the forgotten time capsule’s intended open date.

Posted on:February 14, 2018

Love is in the air and, in perfect Valentine’s Day fashion, we have an electrician’s love story just for you.

Danny Fox and his now-wife, Jennifer, were together for seven years before they got married last year. When their wedding date finally rolled around, he knew just what he wanted to do.

Their wedding day was one to remember, with the ceremony taking place at Mary’s Catholic Church and the reception held at Jack Robinson Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee. But there’s one thing about their special day that caught our eye more than anything else.

Caption: Danny Fox had one of the best groom’s cakes we’ve ever seen at his wedding last November!

Posted on:February 7, 2018

For more than 160 years, Klein Tools has been manufacturing products that stand up to the demands of the professionals who depend on them every day by using rigorous standards, quality materials and superior workmanship for each product we make.

This winter, we’re putting our best products up to the test. No, we’re not talking about skiing, skating or snowboarding. Our gold medalists have topped categories like jobsite accessories, made in the U.S., multi-purpose and precision work.

Here’s a look at which tools earned the top spots.

Posted on:February 2, 2018

Klein puts six generations of expertise into every tool we create. We pride ourselves in finding innovative solutions that tradespeople have trusted for over a century and a half, and we do everything that we can to ensure our history of high quality follows us into tomorrow.

Many other organizations and companies like ours work in different ways to keep their own history alive. Last year, we saw how professionals at Dixie Wing honor war heroes by restoring military aircraft. Projects like this can’t be completed without professional tradespeople working behind the scenes.

That’s why the Beamish Museum has put out a call for help.

Posted on:January 26, 2018

To the average Joe, the ins and outs of an electrician’s job are probably a mystery. Part of that mystery is the variety of work that electricians can go into after completing an apprenticeship. From Powering America’s Passion to implementing sustainable energy, the types of work an electrician can do are almost limitless.

Think you know all there is about electricians?

Read on to test your knowledge or learn more about careers in the electrical industry.

Apprentice Electrician

Posted on:January 17, 2018
Lately, Klein Tools has found many reasons to celebrate, like our 160th anniversary and New Year’s, as well as notable ideas like holiday safety and cutting energy costs. Just as we were about to put away our party hats, clean up all of the confetti and blow out the candles…
Posted on:January 10, 2018

From investing in high quality tools to writing more product reviews, Klein Tools’ New Year’s resolutions established possible goals for the professional tradesperson. Today, we have one more to add to our list:

Practice energy efficiency at home.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the average American household spends roughly $112 a month on energy bills. By practicing “green” techniques in your house, you may be able to cut your own energy costs while also combatting global climate change and preserving natural resources.

January 10 was National Cut Energy Costs Day, and in celebration of this important initiative, we’ve highlighted some techniques and helpful tools to help you practice energy efficiency at home, including investing in LED bulbs and unplugging your devices.

Lower Your Lights

Posted on:January 3, 2018

Over 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians set some of the first New Year’s resolutions – celebrating successful harvests and their loyalty to the kingdom. We don’t need to tell you that the world has changed a lot since then, so instead of worrying about what we should sacrifice to ensure a good harvest, we’re focusing on improving ourselves and those around us.

This year, Klein Tools wants to help you get the job done right. We’ve put together this list of possible resolutions in hopes of inspiring you to continue to work hard, meet your goals and be proud of your profession.


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