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February 25, 2015 03:39 AM

Show Us Your Pride and Be a CHANNELLOCK® Champion

Channellock Inc. would not be where it is today without the fierce CHANNELLOCK® Nation. We can’t thank you enough for always supporting us and being our fierce fans. Our tools are made for you, the professionals and serious DIYers who love a great tool made in the USA.

In the beginning of February, we launched CHANNELLOCK® Champions. We know our tools are loved by many and used daily for the toughest jobs. Because of that, we want to see your CHANNELLOCK® pride and our fierce tools in use.

Start sharing photos of your fierce tools with us and you could be named the Champion of the Month! We will select a new honoree each month and continue to share your images on social media. To submit, follow these simple instructions:

• Tag your photo with @CHANNELLOCK or #CHANNELLOCK on Instagram,

• Post your photo on our Facebook wall, or 

• Use #CHANNELLOCK on Twitter.

Any photos that are tagged will be considered for the Champion of the Month! We can’t wait to see all of your fierce tools in use. Keep checking back on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see if your photo is shared!

 

Lynn Snyder
Communications & Training Manager
Channellock Inc.

February 13, 2015 08:16 AM

Channellock Inc. Celebrates Presidents Day

Presidents Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington and was traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth, until 1971. Presidents Day is now viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.

When Channellock Inc. was founded in 1886, it was known as the Champion Bolt & Clipper Company, and Grover Cleveland was president of the United States. Since then, there have been 21 U.S. presidents. But during that same time, there have only been five generations of leadership at Channellock Inc.

1886
George B. DeArment, a blacksmith from Evansburg, Pa., began hand-forging farrier's tools in a small factory. Then he would sell them from town to town out of the back of a wagon. Eventually, the business became known as the Champion Bolt & Clipper Company. 

1911
George B. DeArment's two sons, Almon W. and J. Howard DeArment, became partners in the company, and took over after George B.'s retirement. Under the brothers' management, the product line expanded to include hammers. 

1923
Not long after J. Howard passed away in 1923, Almon changed the name of the company to Champion-DeArment Tool Company. 

1950
In 1950, J. Howard DeArment’s sons, George S. and William A. DeArment, took over the company after Almon DeArment passed away. During this time, the company revealed its two newest concepts: an undercut tongue and groove design, and a reinforced flange. Both of these innovations resulted in new patents being granted.

1963
With the risk of the words "channel lock" becoming synonymous with the product, the DeArments changed the company name to CHANNELLOCK® to protect its valuable trademark.

1980
William S. DeArment, son of William A., became the next Channellock Inc. president in 1980 when William A. and George S. became co-chairmen of the company's board of directors. 

2014
In 2014, Jon DeArment became president and COO of Channellock Inc., as the DeArment family’s fifth generation to lead the company. 

Happy Presidents Day, CHANNELLOCK® Nation.

Lynn Snyder
Communications & Training Manager
Channellock Inc.

 

February 3, 2015 05:58 AM

Channellock Inc. Honors Retirees

Our associates are the reason behind our success and the high-quality tools we make every day. There is a sense of pride and ownership in what we create in Meadville, Pa. Some associates have been with us for nearly four decades. There are even a few examples of second-generation associates. That sort of pride, loyalty and professional experience are the foundation to the success of CHANNELLOCK®.

Recently, we said farewell to some of our longest serving associates as they officially retired from Channellock Inc. For us, it is bittersweet. While we are excited for them and their well-deserved next chapters in their lives, we are sad to see some of our CHANNELLOCK® family go. 

Roger Sala: After 38 years, Roger is retiring from the forge shop. He started in the polishing department in 1977 but moved to the forge shop not long after he began. From 1991 until his retirement, Roger was a supervisor in the forge shop.

Cheryl Jean Horner: Cheryl said goodbye after 45 years of service, working in a variety of different positions throughout her CHANNELLOCK® career. Retiring as the administrative assistant in the machine shop, Cheryl said that she truly loved her job.

Keith Jones: Keith retired from the machine shop after 38 years of service. Although he worked in many roles at CHANNELLOCK®, Keith said that his favorite job was being a father. Keith was known for being proud of his son and daughter, and keeping his co-workers up to date about their careers.

Bill Kingston: Bill retired from the polishing department after 42 years of service. Bill’s first 10 months with the company were spent as an assembler. One day a polishing foreman thought Bill might be good at polishing, so he gave it a try and that is what he did from then on.

These four associates alone represent more than 163 years of experience and commitment to quality and professionalism. We want to extend our congratulations and send our best to our recent retirees. Thank you for your many years of service and fierce professionalism that will forever be a part of what makes CHANNELLOCK® a special place to work.

 

 

Lynn Snyder
Communications & Training Manager
Channellock Inc.