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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.

Posted on:August 17, 2018

High-tech installations continue to grow in popularity in both residential, commercial and industrial environments, offering new opportunities and challenges for the trades. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects the employment rate for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers alone to grow up to 15 percent by 2026. This is largely in part due to the increase in demand for energy-efficient climate control systems. To help meet this growing demand of complex jobs, Klein’s team has worked to manufacture the tools needed to efficiently get the job done, resulting in tools designed specifically with HVAC professionals in mind.

Posted on:August 10, 2018

The official title of Klein’s 2018 Electrician of the Year is still up for grabs.

Klein Tools’ selection team filtered through hundreds of nominations, focusing on professional achievement, safety excellence and community dedication. When the votes were counted, the following six individuals were named the 2018 Regional Winners. Here’s an inside look at the halftime results.

Steve Heryford – Region 1 Northwest

Steve Heryford started as an electrician’s mate in the United States Navy and worked his way to becoming an electrical contractor and owner of his own business. Known for his quality repairs and high safety standards, he is the only electrician the local fire marshal and building inspector trust to work on their personal residences.

Heryford instructs at the local community college’s electrical apprenticeship program, instilling his passion for safety in future electricians. When he is not playing the role of trusted electrician, he acts as high school basketball coach and referee.

John Spier – Region 2 Southwest

Posted on:August 2, 2018

Professionals depend on a variety of tools in order to get a day’s tasks done right. Lugging all these heavy tools, parts and materials is hard work in itself, but Klein Tools’ tool bags and pouches help professionals stay organized day in and day out, offering so many more storage solutions than other typical tool bags. From Klein’s Tradesman Pro™ line of heavy-duty organizers to the new Signature Series Custom Tool Bags, here are just a few Klein Tools products that will make you say, “Get your hands off my Klein bag!”

Posted on:July 27, 2018

For those not keeping track at home, the play clock is running out on Klein Tools’ 2018 Electrician of the Year search. (Nominations close TODAY, July 27!) There’s still enough time to join the fun. See how the competition stacks up below, browse these tips for writing a great nomination and visit www.kleintools.com/eoy to nominate yourself or another professional electrician – today!

Each nomination has an extraordinary story to tell – a story of hard work, passion and commitment. But we’ve noticed that the MVPs of electricians emphasize a dedication to quality, safety and integrity while addressing the following three criteria.

Posted on:July 23, 2018

A mess left behind after a finished job, overusing shared materials and tools and ignoring obvious directions – what do these things have in common? Well, if this short description didn’t infuriate you, know that these are just a few common pet peeves experienced professionals face on the jobsite.

Which of the following disorganized or downright disrespectful pet peeves have you encountered?

Last-minute jobs – Imagine relaxing at home after a long, tiresome workweek, when the phone rings. It’s your supervisor on the line. They’ve received heightened pressure to meet a strict deadline. Everybody has to come to the jobsite this weekend. Talk about short notice. You’re tired, but duty calls.  Many professionals have received that dreaded call. It’s this commitment to the trades that makes tradespeople so well-respected. That’s not to say they like receiving these calls, but they take pride in their work and will be there to get the job done.

Posted on:July 11, 2018

Representatives from Klein Tools recently took to the road, heading toward Louisville, Kentucky, to meet the next generation of skilled professionals at SkillsUSA’s 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Throughout the conference, students participated in over 100 different hands-on competitions related to the trade, technical and leadership fields, including categories like telecom cabling, robotics, precision machining, plumbing, engineering, culinary arts and more. Contestants in each competition proved their expertise, all while demonstrating their passion for their careers of choice.

Posted on:July 3, 2018

Fireworks, a staple of Fourth of July celebrations from coast to coast, light up the sky in breathtaking, colorful displays. Audiences watch as they build up to the grand finale, dazzling and booming through the air with mesmerizing variety. It’s a sight – and a tradition – nobody would want to miss.

Posted on:June 29, 2018

Klein Tools are known for being passed down from generation to generation, holding up to the wear and tear of everyday jobsite challenges. That’s because we continue to put six generations of expertise into every tool that we create, using only the highest quality materials, superior workmanship and keeping manufacturing as close to home as possible. To make sure your Klein’s live long enough to meet the next generation of professionals, here are some tricks to help keep them working like new.

Posted on:June 22, 2018

Surf’s up! It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means longer, sunnier days and much more time spent near the water. What does summer mean to you – maybe backyard barbecues, fireworks and festivals, beach days and other seasonal festivities? That’s all fun and games but, for most tradespeople, summer remains a time to ensure public safety, just as they do year-round, working day in and day out to prevent hazards.

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