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September 16, 2014 08:13 AM

Win the Ultimate CHANNELLOCK® Prize Pack

Want to have the ultimate fan space decked out in team gear, plus a tool chest full of CHANNELLOCK® tools? This is your chance! The annual CHANNELLOCK® Gridiron Garage Giveaway is back, featuring a prize package valued at more than $8,000.

This year’s winner will receive a CHANNELLOCK® tool chest filled with $2,000 worth of our American-made tools, a stainless steel, three-burner propane grill, a mini fridge to keep your game day drinks cold, a generator with up to 8 hours of run time to power an all-day tailgate, and a 27-inch HD TV for watching your favorite teams.

On top of the usual prize package, this year’s winner gets a special bonus – a one-room remodel that will transform a space in their home into the ultimate sports team fan room. Just pick the space and we’ll do the makeover, worth up to $3,000! 

The CHANNELLOCK® Gridiron Garage Giveaway runs from Sept. 4 through Dec.19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Visit https://www.channellock.com/sweepstakes/ to enter now! 

Good luck!

 

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications and Training Manager

Channellock Inc.


September 8, 2014 12:02 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Visits CHANNELLOCK®

As the voice of American business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plays an important role on behalf of its members – as advocate for small and large businesses alike in Washington, D.C. That’s why we were excited when the U.S. Chamber sent a film crew to Meadville, Pennsylvania, recently to learn about American manufacturing. 

As a proud chamber member, the opportunity to tell our story, talk about the challenges we face and how public policy impacts the work we do was one we could not pass up. It also provided us with an opportunity to show off our facilities, the excellent work of our associates and our hometown. 

The chamber’s visit is part of a series of videos and profiles it creates to highlight the products, services and jobs created every day by its more than 3 million members. It then uses those real-world stories to illustrate the impact that federal regulations and policies have on American businesses.

By coming to visit Channellock Inc., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got a behind-the-scenes look at how the pliers we make are forged, how modern manufacturing is done today and the challenges domestic manufacturers like CHANNELLOCK® must surmount to bring high-quality products to market. Its representatives also met and interviewed the DeArment family, our President and CEO Bill DeArment, and many of our associates. 

In the next few months, look for our factory to be highlighted on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce webpage and in an upcoming issue of its Free Enterprise magazine. To see more images, check our Facebook page and view our U.S. Chamber of Commerce Visit photo album. 

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.


 

August 28, 2014 11:42 AM

Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Tools

If you’ve been around a workshop, a handy relative or a trade program for any length of time, you’ve probably heard someone say: “Take good care of your tools and they’ll take good care of you.” No matter what kind of tools you have, we think it’s the single best piece of advice you can follow. After all, no matter how well-built a tool is, it won’t last long if it’s carelessly used. 

 

But how do you make sure you’re taking good care of your tools? Below are seven tips we’ve compiled over the years that we find helpful. Apply these to your own workshop and chances are that you’ll be able to pass down your trusted hammers and CHANNELLOCK® pliers to the next generation. 

 

1. Always use the right tool for the job. Using the wrong tool, or using tools inappropriately, is a danger to yourself and others.

 

2. To avoid rust, store tools in a dry place. If they get wet or you have to use them in the rain, wipe them dry and spray with some WD-40® afterward to make sure they stay rust-free.

3. Don’t use damaged or dull tools. Worn or broken tools are a safety hazard and should be scrapped.

 

4. Keep your tools organized. A tool box or chest is a great way to store tools and keep them organized, clean and easy to find. When you can’t find the tool you’re looking for, you end up using the wrong tool for the job (see #1).

 

5. Don’t expose your tools to excessive heat and cold. Extreme temperatures can have adverse effects on metal tools.

6. Don’t carelessly drop your tools onto hard or paved surfaces. Even though they’re made of steel or metal, they can still break.

7. Keep tools clean. Dust, dirt or grime can build up on tools and prevent them from working properly.

 

Have some good tips we didn’t include? Leave a comment below!

Lynn Snyder

Communications and Training Manager

Channellock Inc.