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Posted on:January 12, 2017 4:00 pm CST
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In the early days of our company, 160 years ago, electricity wasn't a luxury – it was a mystery.

In 1857, before lightbulbs existed, a German immigrant named Mathias Klein discovered that his knowledge of forging made him a valuable, local resource for the linemen who were deploying Chicago's first telegraph system. His tools quickly became known among the tradesmen for their reliability and durability, so he founded a company around them: Mathias Klein & Sons, now known as Klein Tools.

Mathias' tools not only influenced the history of our company, but also played significant roles in U.S. history. Klein's tools helped skilled workers build Chicago's fast-growing infrastructure, and then rebuild it after the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of the city in 1871. As the country grew, the product lines evolved to serve more industries and workers, including the U.S. military in World Wars I and II.

Posted on:January 9, 2017 10:06 am CST
Graceland hosts a full weekend of activities every year to celebrate Elvis' birthday. Graceland hosts a full weekend of activities every year to celebrate Elvis' birthday. (Photo: www.graceland.com, Jan. 8, 2016)

Elvis fans flocked to Graceland over the weekend to celebrate what would have been his 82nd birthday. Entertainment, tours, tributes and – of course – cake kicked off what is sure to be a year full of exciting Elvis events, ramping up to the August 2017 "Elvis Week" that will honor the 40th anniversary of his death.

Posted on:July 6, 2016 11:30 am CDT

It's that time of year again! We're searching again for the best of the best electricians in the country, and as in year's past, we will be rewarding them with some pretty amazing prizes!

Over the years, we've received some stand-out nominations for our annual Electrician of the Year search. People like our 1st winner, Billy Teaford and last year's winner, Joey Hall.

We also receive quite a few nominations that were good...but left us wanting more.

I want you to be able to submit a nomination that really blows us away, so I've written up some tips, if you will, for writing a stand-out nomination.

Posted on:May 27, 2016 9:38 am CDT

Klein Tools' mission reads like this:

We will continuously pursue world leadership in the design, development, production and marketing of quality products and services that satisfy the needs of trade professionals and others who use tools to do their jobs.

It's a lofty goal, right? To pursue world leadership… It's what we've strived for the last 159 years! And it is something we will continue to strive for over the next 159+ years.

Posted on:May 19, 2016 11:18 am CDT

File this one under "Random places I've seen a Klein product in use."

Recently someone sent me an article from a Las Vegas weekly magazine, Vegas Seven, titled "Tech in the Kitchen." As soon as I opened the link, I was intrigued…

A giant picture of chocolate with the Klein Tools IR1000 Infrared Thermometer poised above it! It turns out a pastry chef at a French-American restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip uses it when tempering chocolate!

Posted on:April 18, 2016 7:41 am CDT
Thanking the linemen who work in dangerous environments to keep us safe

By Mark Klein

Today the nation pauses to give thanks to the thousands of men and women who risk their lives working as electrical linemen. April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day, established by U.S. Congress to honor those who regularly put their lives on the line to keep our lights and power on. Linemen repair downed power lines in the middle of hurricanes; bring lights back on during snow storms; and work atop poles over busy highways. We're glad to have a day dedicated to thank those who work in harm's way to keep us safe.

Posted on:April 6, 2016 11:47 am CDT

Klein Tools is committed to being an American manufacturer, but as our world becomes more global we have found opportunities to bring our American-made products to electricians in other countries. For over 10 years now, we’ve participated in the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, and at this year's show we were recognized for our continued participation.

The International Hardware Fair is a trade show that brings manufacturers from all over the world to showcase their latest and greatest tools. In year's past, we proudly displayed our legacy products; pliers, screwdrivers, nut drivers, wire pulling tools, tool bags, and more. In recent years though, we've been able to bring with us tools manufactured specifically for the unique requirements of countries outside North America. And I'd like to highlight them for you in this blog post.

Posted on:April 1, 2016 1:48 am CDT

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 10:14 am CDT

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 8:31 am CST

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!


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