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Posted on:November 1, 2018

To best understand the history of Lineman’s Pliers, travel back to Chicago in 1857, when Mathias Klein forged a single tool for an electrician in need. At that time, electricity was still a mystery. The lightbulb wouldn’t even be invented for another twenty years. Chicago’s “communications industry” consisted of just a few bare wires. Even so, when a telegraph lineman needed a new half for his broken side-cutting pliers, he knew just who to visit. Mathias Klein forged and finished a new half for his tool, riveted it to the old, and the lineman went on his way. Later, when the lineman returned with the original half of the tool now broken, the first complete pair of Klein pliers were produced.

Posted on:October 31, 2018

As thrill seekers tip-toe their way through a haunted house’s blackened halls, the elaborate mechanics within each corridor create spine-chilling sensory experiences. This Halloween, creep alongside Klein as we unmask the ins and outs of a typical haunted house – goblins, gremlins and ghosts, oh my!

The door swings open right as you reach for the handle, which can only mean one thing – motion sensors. Even the smallest of movements radiate infrared energy, given off in the form of heat, and when turned into an electrical signal, well, these hauntings are intricately automated. As you continue through the maze, your every step triggers the next scare, casting widespread creepy-crawlies.

Posted on:October 19, 2018

Any tradesperson knows that long hours and harsh jobsite conditions are a part of the industry, where strict project deadlines demand extensive overtime. Year after year, these taxing jobsite expectations can pay a toll. Jobsite fatigue is especially a cause for concern. Contractors are, in part, responsible for managing these conditions, so it is important for them to educate fellow tradespeople on how to minimize the risk of fatigue and the associated risk of injury while on the job. Today, Klein Tools is taking a closer look at the overall health of tradespeople – the good, the bad and the tiresome.

Posted on:October 11, 2018

Since 1857, Klein Tools has proudly manufactured tools in the United States. Today, it’s just as important to keep this tradition alive as it was over 160 years ago. From the busy streets of New York to the meadowlands of Texas, our forges blaze, our assembly lines run true, and our people continue to put six generations of expertise into every tool we create. That’s why professionals around the world know that when they pick up a Klein, it’ll never let them down.

Here’s a closer look at the dedicated individuals working at one of our Mansfield, Texas locations, manufacturing your screwdrivers, wire strippers, fish tapes and more.

Posted on:October 3, 2018

Here’s the good news: over the past year, 297,000 jobs have been added to the construction industry in America alone. That marks a 10-year high! The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reports that the industry continues to add workers and increase wages at greater rates than the economy at large. Average industry earnings have reached $29.95 per hour, which is 10.3 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, and the unemployment rate (3.4 percent) is at an all-time low.

Job outlook for the industry beams positive. The demand for construction continues to rise, even as eighty percent of contractors report difficulties in finding skilled workers to fill open positions. But wages and job demand aren’t the only observable growths within the construction industry. Various uses of technology are also on the rise.

Posted on:September 27, 2018

Can you guess where the Klein Tools team is headed?

Where the cheesesteaks sizzle with deliciousness;
Brotherly Love proudly runs deep;
The Eagles win big;
and the Liberty Bell rings with freedom …

Philadelphia!

NECA 2018
Posted on:September 18, 2018

According to the National Hurricane Center, official hurricane season runs through the Atlantic Basin from June 1 – Nov. 30, with peak season occurring between mid-August and late October. Around the world, people brace themselves for the impact of tropical cyclones and other unpredictable natural disasters. Though some coastal towns are built to endure adverse weather, a storm’s raging rampage can be unavoidable, whirling through any community within its path of destruction.

Posted on:September 10, 2018

From rustic-style construction ventures to installing modern, practical LED illumination, DIY fads come and go. The only consistency between these trends is actually pretty simple - DIY projects are most often not worth the cost or the risk. The possible mistakes and unforeseen hazards faced along the way from start to finish can result in dangerous fails and are best left at the hands of professionals.

Calls to clean-up these types of repairs aren’t always easy, especially knowing that the problem could have been avoided. But isn’t that one of the joys of working in the trades? The work is never a walk in the park, but at the end of the day, the job gets done safely and correctly.

Posted on:August 30, 2018

Don’t look away yet - there’s still a blitz on the field!

Klein Tools learned more about this year’s six regional winners while visiting Mansfield, Texas, and we want you to have the inside scoop. From how they got started in the trades, to how they remain dedicated to safety throughout their communities, these MVP’s each have a story worth telling, and reading.

If you haven’t already cast your vote for Klein Tools’ 2018 Electrician of the Year, check out the following instant replay to get to know the regional winners a little closer.

Posted on:August 24, 2018

The skilled trades gap continues to be the topic of many conversations, but why? According to ManpowerGroup’s 2018 Talent Shortage Survey, skilled trades positions are the hardest to fill globally. New worksites arise from coast-to-coast and across seas, and still, as more experienced tradespeople leave the field, there’s a lack of qualified workers to fill positions. When large-scale projects break ground, some contractors call tradespeople to the area, needing additional hands on the job. Professionals move to new cities to pursue these opportunities, which can be permanent or oftentimes, temporary.

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