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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
Posted on:March 24, 2016

Do you remember what was happening back in 1990? 25 years ago?

Several major world events happened that year, including the demolition of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and the start of the Gulf War.

The first seasons of The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and Beverly Hills, 90210 ran in 1990. Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Best New Artist Grammy after it was discovered they did not actually sing the songs on their hit record. And the most complete skeleton of a T-Rex, named Sue, was discovered in South Dakota.

It was also the year that these eight people started their career at Klein Tools…and they are all still working here!

Klein Tools 25 Year Club - 2016 Inductees

If you've been following this blog, you may already know that we give very special recognition to employees of Klein who reach 25 years of employment. The company hosts a special dinner for all of the new inductees each year and each receives a special gift in commemoration.

Posted on:February 8, 2016

It was a busy end to 2015/start of 2016 for us here at Klein Tools! If you hadn't noticed, we've launched a LOT of exciting new products in the last few months! As you can imagine, it's kept us pretty busy. So busy, in fact, that we are just now sitting down to all the great reviews and feedback we've received on these new tools.

Naturally, we're very proud of all of the tools we produce for the trade. A lot of thought and research goes into the development of those tools. And we're always hopeful that they deliver the quality and purposeful use that we try to instill in all our products.

But it's also very nice to see others recognizing our hard work, and I wanted to take a moment to share some particularly nice recognition we've received recently. We are truly appreciative of their kind words!

Posted on:January 15, 2016

336...no, that's not the number of days left in 2016. That's actually the number of pages in the current Klein Tools tool catalog. What does that mean? It means we manufacture and sell A LOT of different types of tools!

Many of them you are probably already aware of and (hopefully) have many of them in your tool bag. But with 3,000+ tools brandishing the Klein name, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the other products we offer.

Posted on:December 28, 2015

When a holiday tradition involves a giant ball lit with hundreds of lights slowly sliding down a giant pole at a specified time you KNOW an electrician probably had something to do with it…

Of course, I'm talking about the New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and believe it or not, it was an electrician who came up with the whole ball drop idea!

NYC NYE Times Square Ball Drop 1Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times/Redux

First, a little background…

Posted on:December 16, 2015

We all know that Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the light bulb, but did you know he is also closely connected to the invention of the first Christmas lights?

Just one year after inventing the incandescent light bulb, Edison created the first strands of electric lights and put them up outside his Menlo Park Laboratory during the 1880 Christmas season. But it was Edison's friend and business partner Edward H. Johnson, who would create the first Christmas tree lights. Two years later, in 1882, Johnson hand-wired a strand of 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree!

Posted on:October 13, 2015

We've been all about the electricians lately with the recent crowning of our 2015 Electrician of the Year, but we certainly haven't forgotten about our lineman brothers and sisters.

Linemen are a huge part of our heritage. Heck, we have a lineman climbing a pole as part of our logo - our "lineman logo." And the classic story of Mathias Klein, the founder, making the first pair of Klein pliers? Well, he made them for a telegraph lineman, of course.

Posted on:October 8, 2015

I don't have to tell you that there are many great electricians out there. This week, we got to recognize and reward one of the best.

Congratulations to Joey Hall – the Klein Tools 2015 Electrician of the Year!

Congratulations to Joey Hall – our 2015 Electrician of the Year!

Joey was revealed as our Electrician of the Year during a special Klein Tools event on October 5th. He was also rewarded with a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab truck customized by off-road specialists, Addictive Desert Designs.

It suits him well, don't you think?

As cool as this truck is, our search for the Electrician of the Year was about much more. We were on a mission (again!) to find an electrician who excelled in the areas of professional achievement, safety excellence, and community dedication.

Joey's nomination story was one that stood out right away. He was named the Region 3 "Great Lakes" winner, along with five other regional winners – all finalists for our Electrician of the Year. We flew the finalists to San Francisco where Joey was named Electrician of the Year.

So what made Joey's story stand out?

Posted on:September 17, 2015

With a custom truck on the line, it is no surprise that we were flooded with nominations for Klein Tools' Electrician of the Year.

But out of the nearly 600 nominations we received, six exceptional men emerged from the pack to become our regional finalists, one of which will go on to become our 2015 Electrician of the Year and win a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab customized by off-road specialists Addictive Desert Designs.

Posted on:September 4, 2015

Forging, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a verb that means: to form (as metal) by heating and hammering.

It's a process that has been part of Klein Tools' manufacturing since our founding in 1857. Though the scale and mechanics of the tool forging process has changed throughout the last 158 years, the act of forging as defined above still very much applies today in Klein Tools' forging facility.


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