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Posted on:May 4, 2017

Energy consumption is a seemingly reliable part of our everyday lives, but recent studies show that Americans are using energy faster than we can produce it. This means that keywords like renewability and sustainability are at the forefront of the national conversation on energy production. Going “green” seems to be a popular solution, as many U.S. cities plan to run entirely on renewable energy in the coming years.

But what does that mean for electricians?

As we’ve mentioned before, the U.S. Department of Labor projects a significant increase in jobs for electricians due, in part, to renewable energy sources, like sunlight, wind, tides, rain and geothermal heat. New demand, new technology applications and changing infrastructure all support this projected growth.

Posted on:April 24, 2017

At the Reynolds Company Electrical Supply store in Abilene, Texas, everything appeared normal as store team leader Rick Martin closed his shop down one Saturday in February. The next morning, however, Rick returned to find that his store had been caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting late the night before.

When he inspected the damage, he found the front window had been shot and shattered by a .40-caliber bullet.

Most people can’t tell what caliber bullet was used from the evidece of a shattered window, but Rick had proof. The slug had smashed the window, pierced a display and pancaked on a Klein Tools tape measure.

Not only had the tape measure stopped the bullet dead in its tracks – it didn’t break! Rick was astonished.

Posted on:April 17, 2017

Thousands of men and women risk their lives every day by working as electrical linemen, but the job isn’t for everyone. Do you think you have what it takes?

Posted on:April 1, 2017

As a family business, we’ve always been committed to supporting the next generation of skilled professionals. Now we’re starting earlier than ever with our own line of infant and toddler accessories, made with the same quality and durability you know from Klein Tools. Hardworking parents on the go will love the rugged, yet sleek, features that carry through the entire Klein Tots line.

Posted on:March 8, 2017

The world wars rocked the traditionally male-dominated American workforce. For the first time in U.S. history, women were encouraged to take on physically demanding – and often higher-paying – factory jobs. Female welders, machine operators and, of course, Rosie the Riveter, flipped the public perception of American women, opening doors to new opportunities in skilled trades.

When the wartime demand for industrial production and factory work faded, however, women were expected to hang up their slacks and resume their traditional administrative or household roles.

More than 70 years and several waves of women’s liberation later, the gender divide among skilled trades is still clear. It’s shrinking, however, thanks to women like Darlene Stokes, director of boot camp at the Electrical Industry Training Center, part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 3. At the beginning of her career, Stokes was certainly on the leading-edge of women in the electrical industry.

Posted on:February 20, 2017

Here at Klein Tools, we make durable, reliable tools for professional tradespeople. Occasionally, we see our products pop up in unique places, however, like when we saw a pastry chef using the IR1000 Infrared Thermometer to temper chocolate. We won’t be launching a chef line any time soon, but it’s always cool to see other pros appreciate the accuracy and precision of Klein Tools products.

Posted on:February 10, 2017

While most of the country is trudging through the last weeks of winter, New Orleans' Carnival season is in full swing, with Mardi Gras just around the corner. Music, lights and beads abound as spectators converge to collect throws from the "krewes," the social clubs that organize and put on parades throughout the season.

Creating a spectacular show year after year requires a lot of hard work, however, especially when each krewe is trying to outdo generations of performances.

That's why they turn to Kern Studios.

Posted on:January 31, 2017
Investing in the Right Tools for the Right Job

Becoming a licensed electrician requires the same line items as most educations: tuition, fees, books and supplies. The cost of entry-level supplies for an apprentice electrician, however, can add up faster than for some other programs. The good news is that the tools don’t change from apprentice to journeyman, so setting yourself up with quality tools first may help you save in the long run.

Posted on:January 24, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed electricians in the United States is in the middle of a significant upswing, growing by 14 percent from 2014 to 2024. That's double the growth rate of most jobs.

The problem is that the number of electricians isn't following the same curve.

Many industries are facing the same problem. Every day, 8,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65, and the rigors of physically demanding trades sometimes force workers into retirement at that suggested age. That means the electrical industry might be losing experienced workers faster than other less strenuous professions.

Posted on:January 12, 2017
Powered North America at Night

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.


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