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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.

June 30, 2015 03:46 AM

CHANNELLOCK® Celebrates Social Media Day

Social media has forever changed how we connect with each other. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms allow people from around the world to share ideas and make connections in an instant. It is a part of our everyday lives, so it is easy to sometimes forget that social media has not been around that long.

Although Facebook was officially launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University, it was not made available to the general public until 2006. Since then, Facebook has gained more than 1.4 billion active users. 

Twitter began in 2006 and has more than 302 million active users who send almost 400 million tweets a day. The 140 character limit was established because Twitter started as a primarily SMS-based, or cell phone texting-based, service. The standard character limit for SMS was 160-characters, so the 140-character limit is based on that limit and with 20 characters left for the username.

CHANNELLOCK® uses social media to stay directly connected to the CHANNELLOCK® Nation, and we have seen some incredible growth over the years. For example, near the end of 2014, we surpassed 200,000 followers on Facebook, and we are well on our way to 250,000.

However, social media is much more than simply the number of followers or likes. It is about engagement and making a connection. We appreciate every follow and like, but we also value the feedback, stories and photos of how everyone uses CHANNELLOCK® tools. It is great to see those blue handles online being used in the real world.

June 30 is Social Media Day, and we would like to thank those who are already connected with CHANNELLOCK® online and encourage others who are not.

You can find us on many platforms. Check us out on:

 

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.

 

June 22, 2015 06:00 AM

The CHANNELLOCK® 2015 Opening Day of Fix-It Season Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that James M. of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the lucky winner of the 2015 Opening Day of Fix-It Season Sweepstakes. 

James said he was excited to learn that he had won. In fact, James shared that he has been using CHANNELLOCK® tools for years. He is a retired master electrician who began his career with a local power company, where he worked for nearly 20 years. After leaving the power company, he worked in supervisory positions in construction and in the local union.

James said some of his favorite go-to CHANNELLOCK® tools are the 440®, 460 and 420 Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers, as well as Side Cutting Long Nose Pliers. “I sure did put them to good use,” James said.

As a fan, James said he has been entering various CHANNELLOCK® sweepstakes for a few years, but never thought he would win. James’ American-made prize package includes:

• $2,000 CHANNELLOCK® Tool Kit,

• Lawn tractor,

• 150-qt. hunting/fishing cooler,

• Drop-forged steel head felling axe,

• 600-lb. capacity garden cart,

• Easy-access front-loading steel tool box,

• Full-size cotton rope hammock, and 

• A pair of fan-back Adirondack chairs.

His prizes will not collect dust, he said. James is not the only skilled tradesman in his family. His son is a maintenance electrician, and two of his sons-in-law are in the construction business. “I think I will share some of the tools with my sons,” James said. “But of course, not all of them. I will keep some of my favorites for myself.”

With so much professional experience, we asked James what he would say to someone considering a career in the professional trades. “It is steady work,” James said. He also shared that there are a lot of opportunities for additional education and training through professional organizations and local unions to help someone grow in the profession. 

CHANNELLOCK® congratulates James (and his sons) on winning. It appears that all of the prizes are going to be put to good use. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Opening Day of Fix-It Season Sweepstakes. Keep visiting www.channellock.com for the next big giveaway!

 

Lynn Snyder

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock Inc.