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July 15, 2015 06:21 AM

From Meadville to Your Toolbox: How a Plier is Forged

CHANNELLOCK® pliers and tools can be found in hardware stores, retailers, toolboxes and workshops around the world. But before their tools can get into the hands of professionals and serious DIYers, they have to be forged, shaped, polished and fitted with their famous CHANNELLOCK BLUE® grips. 

To begin, every CHANNELLOCK® plier starts as a billet of high-carbon, North American 1080 steel. With thousands of pounds of force, their massive air-powered, computer-controlled die forgers precisely hammer the heated steel into component parts. Excess material is then removed on a trim press.

From the forge, each tool element is precisely ground, drilled, counter-bored, channeled, broached and polished to exact specifications. At almost every step along the way, there are skilled steel craftsmen inspecting every component to ensure each part is tested to ensure exceptional strength. Since steel is an unpredictable material, the process includes precautions to make sure the tools are heated properly because heating steel too much can make it hard and brittle, while not heating it enough causes it to remain relatively "soft" and easily fatigued. The unique heat treating processes used by CHANNELLOCK® ensures a very controlled, uniform tempering that makes the steel strong enough to withstand great force, but flexible enough to resist breakage under load conditions.

The next step is to use proprietary laser hardening techniques that make it possible to achieve the unique characteristics featured in the pliers. The laser hardening allows the jaws and teeth of the pliers to be incredibly durable, while the handles maintain flexibility for excellent control.

After laser hardening, the tongue and groove and slip joint products receive CHANNELLOCK® PermaLock® fasteners, which eliminate the problems associated with traditional nut and bolt fastener failures. Associates check and adjust each fastener to ensure that every plier works smoothly. In the final step in the manufacturing process the tools are cleaned and given a rust-inhibitive coating. Then, it's time for a dip in the large pool of CHANNELLOCK BLUE® coating that forms the famous grips.

Making quality American-made tools is not easy. Each step of the process involves precision and quality checks by American workers who take great pride in what they do. So the next time you reach for a CHANNELLOCK® plier, know that you are holding a tool that was fiercely made in Meadville, Pa. with quality and pride.

To see the process for yourself, take a virtual factory tour!

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.

July 8, 2015 05:29 AM

We Are Proud to Call Meadville, Pa. Home

In 1904, Channellock Inc. (formerly Champion Bolt & Clipper Company) moved to a 12,000 square-foot facility in Meadville, Pa. At that time, farrier’s tools were being produced, but this facility allowed the product line to expand to include nippers, pinchers and open-end wrenches.

In 1923, the company moved to a 33,000 square-foot facility at its current location in Meadville. Four years later, the name changed to Champion-DeArment Tool Company.

Since 1904, Channellock Inc. has been proud to be a part of the Meadville, Pa., community and has been proud to give back to the city it calls home. With a strong commitment to excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy, Channellock Inc. is the first to acknowledge the importance of the people who live and raise their families in the community. We are not only proud to be a part of the American manufacturing movement, but are also proud of our own local community.

Channellock Inc. has always had, and continues to have, deep involvement in various civic and nonprofit groups by supporting many local initiatives with donations of both time and money. For instance, Channellock Inc. supports and participates in BattleBots to encourage middle schools students’ interest in manufacturing and STEM careers.

Other local support includes:

  • The local Little League and various other sports teams such as soccer and hockey,
  • Crawford County 4-H Fund,
  • The Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation,
  • Mark B. DeArment Park,
  • Relay for Life,
  • March of Dimes, and
  • President Jon DeArment and his wife, Dana, are currently serving as the 2014/2015 campaign ambassadors for the United Way of Western Crawford County,
  • Among many other organizations.

It is the Falcon Award nominations, however, which exemplify the company’s impact on the community the most. Nominated from within the company, these awards showcase active participation in churches and men’s and women’s clubs, Knights of Columbus, coaching local youth sports teams and general volunteering within the community.

While CHANNELLOCK® is a brand found around the world, it starts with being a good neighbor here at home. For us, it is important to have a positive impact on the community, and we are proud of our initiatives.

 

 

Lynn Snyder
Communications & Training Manager
Channellock Inc.

 

July 1, 2015 08:40 AM

CHANNELLOCK® Celebrates America

Summer is all about projects and being with friends and family. In a way, that is what America is about. America is built through hard work and the can-do attitude of those who are willing to roll up their sleeves, get a little dirty and get the job done. America wasn’t born; it was built, and that is something to be proud of. Not only that, it is about accomplishing these projects and celebrating with friends and family.

We are proud to be an American company and we are not shy about it. In fact, we are so proud of our American-made products, we put “Made in USA” next to the American flag on the front of the package. Our commercials end with “CHANNELLOCK®— fiercely made in Meadville, Pa., USA,” so celebrating America, particularly in July, comes naturally to us.

This month we are going to focus on why we love America and what makes it great, like our associates, our hometown and the special relationship that Channellock Inc. has built with both. We celebrate the hard workers, the can-doers and those who have built America to what it is today. Not only do they work for us, they work for you.

What makes America special to you?

 

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.