August 14, 2014 09:53 AM

CHANNELLOCK® 369 9.5” Linemen’s Plier Helps Light Up the Fair

Across the United States, August is fair season. Rides, games and “if-you-can-fry-it-you-can-try-it” food create memories for children and children at heart. Did you know that our CHANNELLOCK® 369 9.5” XLT Round Nose Linemen’s Plier had a big part in making improvements to one of the oldest and largest fairs in America? 

The Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, was the first fair facility in the nation to have an electric lighting system. More than 100 years after that 1896 milestone the electricity needed a major upgrade, so Columbus-based Atlas Industrial Contractors Inc. put CHANNELLOCK® tools to the test to complete the project.

Linemen sunk nearly 21 miles of overhead electric cabling underground and installed as many as 40 sub-boxes and disconnects. All-in-all, approximately 14,000 man-hours were spent on the project. 

A job that large takes the right tools, and the Atlas linemen knew they could turn to CHANNELLOCK® to get the job done right. That’s because the CHANNELLOCK® 369 9.5” XLT Round Nose Linemen’s Plier incorporates knife-and-anvil-style, laser heat-treated cutting edges to ensure perfect mating and superior cutting-edge life, plus Xtreme Leverage Technology (XLT™) that positions the rivet closer to the cutting edge so considerably less force is required to cut.  

Erick Rautio, an Atlas journeyman wireman, evaluated his CHANNELLOCK® 369 this way: “It reduces the amount of force you need to cut things. When I go to a commercial job, I’ll be cutting hundreds of times a day, so it really helps to have that extra force.”

To learn more about the CHANNELLOCK® 9.5” 369 XLT Round Nose Linemen’s Plier and to see the work Atlas Electric did at the Ohio State Fair, check out this video:

(Click on the photo to see the pliers in action at the Ohio State Fair.)

See you at the fair!


Lynn Snyder

Communications and Training Manager

Channellock Inc.

August 7, 2014 04:55 AM

74TH Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Rolls into South Dakota

If you find yourself in the Black Hills of South Dakota this week and are hearing constant thunder even though the skies are blue, don’t worry! It’s not a pop-up thunderstorm forming. More likely, you are hearing the engines roar from the 74th annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world. 

All week long, August 4-10, bikers from all walks of life roll into Sturgis, South Dakota, for exhibits, bands, scenic rides, seminars and a good time. 

Many CHANNELLOCK® associates have a love for motorcycles and over the years quite a few have even attended the event. After all, who wouldn’t like the chance to take rides through some of the most beautiful areas of the country and see some of the baddest bikes ever built? 

If you’re lucky enough to go this year, know that you’ll be in good company – last year’s rally saw more than 390,000 bikes and riders, an incredible number considering that the first rally in 1938 began with just nine. We know CHANNELLOCK® Nation will represent at the rally, so be sure to share your updates with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While you’re at it, let us know what tools you put in your saddlebags that keep you prepared for whatever the road can dish out. 

Wear a helmet, be safe and have fun! 

Lynn Snyder

Communications and Training Manager




(Photo: A CHANNELLOCK® fan who stopped by the Channellock Inc. plant on his motorcycle while passing through Meadville, Pennsylvania.)

July 17, 2014 06:47 AM

Associate Highlight: Allen Jacobs

This week, we are continuing our celebration of dedicated associates by highlighting a 40-year associate, Allen Jacobs. Over the years, Allen has worked in a wide variety of roles at Channellock Inc., and currently works in three different areas that take advantage of his years of experience and knowledge of tool-making. His hard work and dedication makes us proud. 

Name, title at Channellock Inc. and years of service:

Allen Jacobs, Continuous Improvement/R+D/Industrial Engineering. 40 years.

How did you start working at Channellock Inc.?

I had some friends who were working here, and they encouraged me to apply.

What was your first job at the company?

I began at Channellock Inc. as a Production Machine Operator for the 430® Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers.  

What is your current job?

Currently, I work in three different areas. The first is our Continuous Improvement area where I focus on Scrap and Rework, Labor Efficiency Project Management, Plant Incentives, 5S Lean Terms and Kaizen Events and Training. 

The second area I work in is our Research and Development area where I focus on storing and helping track hours. 

The third area I work in is Industrial Engineering. There, I work on time studies and job descriptions. 

What has been your favorite job?

Although I really enjoyed being the Machine Shop General Supervisor for many years, my current role is my favorite. 

What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed since you started?

The biggest change I have seen is how we have reduced or eliminated so many labor-intensive jobs, such as filing and polishing, with technology. It makes our process much more efficient. 

What is your favorite CHANNELLOCK® tool and why?

I like the CHANNELLOCK® 318 8.5” Side-Cutting Long Nose Plier because you can use it for so many things.

Has anyone else in your family worked here?

My son, Mike, and daughter, Kristie, both worked summer jobs here while going to college.

What is your favorite CHANNELLOCK® memory?

I have really enjoyed working with all the people here over the years. Also, winning the first Falcon Award was definitely one of my favorite moments.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I worked one year on production, one year on set-up and have been in supervision for the rest of my time here. When I started as a supervisor I was 21, and the other youngest production supervisor was 50. Overall, Channellock Inc. has been a great place to work.

Lynn Snyder

Communications and Training Manager

Channellock Inc.