Klein® Tools ‘State of the Industry’ Survey Finds Electricians are Worried Fewer Jobs will be Available by 2021

November 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Klein® Tools ‘State of the Industry’ Survey Finds Electricians are Worried Fewer Jobs will be Available by 2021

Electricians also believe more on-the-job training would solve the growing skills gap

November 15, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools, for professionals since 1857, today announced new results from its third-annual ‘State of the Industry’ survey. More than 400 union and non-union electricians were surveyed and shared their concerns about the future of the industry.  Major concerns include the growing skills gap and the availability of jobs in the next five to 10 years. As a company that focuses on providing the necessary tools and programs needed for electricians to do their jobs, Klein Tools was interested in learning electricians’ concerns so it could better address these issues.

Industry Concerns

The Klein Tools’ State of the Industry survey found the biggest industry concerns from electricians are that too many experienced electricians are leaving the industry and/or retiring and that there will be less available jobs in the next five to 10 years.

  • This year, one out of every five electricians indicated their biggest concern was that over the next five to 10 years, too many experienced electricians are leaving the industry and/or retiring.
  • The survey also found that this is a general concern for nearly one-half of electricians, 47 percent, compared to 38 percent in 2015.
  • While nearly one-fourth of electricians indicated their biggest industry concern over the next five to 10 years is less available jobs. This was the highest concern among any other area.

“We’re finding that many electricians have concerns about the future of the industry in the next five to 10 years,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “Many electricians see the number of experienced electricians leaving the industry and are concerned that not enough young electricians and apprentices are joining the field to replace them. A large number of electricians are also concerned with the amount of jobs that will be available in the next five to 10 years. With more high-tech installations, including smart homes and the dependency on high-tech electronics, the industry is experiencing dynamic change. Klein Tools is committed to ensuring electricians are ready to adapt to this changing environment.”

Shortage of Experienced Electricians

Consistent with the general industry concerns, the Klein Tools’ State of the Industry survey found electricians believe there is a current shortage of experienced electricians in the field. However, many electricians indicated that more on-the-job training would create more experienced electricians and resolve this shortage.

  • Seven in 10 electricians see a shortage of experienced electricians in the industry, and 78 percent believe more on-the-job training would create a more experienced workforce.
  • This idea is consistent with union and non-union electricians where both groups had a 10 percent increase from 2015 in believing on-the-job training is the best solution to this industry concern.

“The shortage of experienced electricians is a concern for the majority of electricians surveyed, and many have the same ideas for how to resolve this issue,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “Many believe on-the-job training is the best solution to gaining more experienced electricians in the workforce. This is compared to continuing education, more classroom-based training and more or better online training. Klein Tools is working with its partners to ensure that young electricians and apprentices are receiving more on-the-job training to guarantee the shortage of experienced electricians is resolved.”

This year, Klein Tools announced a continuation of its long-term partnerships with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and The Electrical Training Alliance, by increasing its investment to $2 million over the next five years to training and educational programs. The programs aim to train the best electrical workers in the industry by offering the necessary tools and hands-on training, including scholarships and tool endowments for apprentices. Through this investment, Klein Tools is ensuring that young electricians and apprentices receive the highest possible educational experience for a successful career in the industry. Klein Tools is also a platinum partner with the Independent Electrical Contractors to help develop and foster skilled electrical workers.

 The Klein Tools ‘State of the Industry’ survey was conducted by Russell Research, an independent survey research firm, which conducted 201 online interviews from January 20 – 26, 2015, and 200 online interviews from January 27 – February 5, 2016, to secure a nationally significant representation. Forty percent of respondents were union members and 60 percent were not.

An infographic visualizing these statistics is also available at www.kleintools.com/2016survey3.

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Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.

Klein Tools announces 2016 Electrician of the Year; winner will donate prize to apprentices

October 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Klein® Tools Announces 2016 Electrician of the Year Winner

Eric Simmons of Las Vegas, Nev. receives free Klein Tools products for 10 years

klein-2016-electrician-of-the-year-winnerOctober 11, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, announced Eric Simmons as the winner of its annual Electrician of the Year award. Simmons will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools products for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Simmons has been an electrician for more than 20 years and is currently licensed as a master electrician, electrical contractor or electrical administrator in 15 states. Currently, he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he works for one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation as a senior project manager.

“It’s awesome to be selected as Klein Tools’ Electrician of the Year because of all they do highlighting professionals in the industry,” said Eric Simmons, Klein Tools’ 2016 Electrician of the Year. “When I found out I won the region I started thinking about ways to set up a tool scholarship to help apprentices in my area get a jump start on the initial investment needed to enter the field. I’m happy to be able to do that with this donation so they have the right tools to do the right job.”

Simmons was selected from more than 350 applicants and is recognized for his professional achievement, his dedication to safety and contributions to his local community. He dedicates a significant amount of time to learn and apply proper safety practices as well as teaches others about safety. He is certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as both a Safety Trained Supervisor-Construction (STS-C) and as a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). He is also an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for construction, MSHA Surface Miner Safety Trainer and an American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED instructor.

In his free time, Simmons volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship program, where he is an instructor and guest speaker. And, he has led several collection drives for Street Teens, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and at risk teens in the Las Vegas area.

“Klein Tools congratulates Eric for his commitment to learning his craft, focusing on safety and improving his community,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “Each year we are amazed at the caliber of the applicants for this program and Eric is certainly no exception. He embodies everything we look for in the Electrician of the Year and we applaud his great work on and off the job site.”

The runner-up, Bill Budz of Schaumburg, Illinois, receives a one-time prizes of $1,250 in Klein Tools products, John Ellington of Chatfield, Texas wins $1,000 for third place and John Levesque of Adams, Massachusetts, Randall Summers of Arthurdale, West Virginia and Shelby Kytola of Arthurdale, West Virginia each receive $750. All regional winners will also receive the Klein Tools’ Ultimate Garage Package worth an estimated value of $1,500.

More information on the Electrician of the Year award and all winners is available at http://www.kleintools.com/eoy.

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About Klein Tools
Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.

 

 

Klein® Tools Partners with IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance for Training and Educational Programs

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Over the next five years, Klein Tools will invest $2 million to train the next generation of electrical workers

September 19, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com) announced today a continuation of its long-term partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) investing $2 million over the next five years in training and educational programs. These organizations formed The Electrical Training Alliance, a joint program aimed at training the best electrical workers in the industry. The pledge will develop programs leveraging the unique capabilities and resources of IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance, including scholarships and tool endowments for apprentices.

The $2 million Double-Down pledge follows Klein Tool’s original and highly successful 5-year “Million Dollar Pledge”, which provided resources and support to IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance training centers.

“We have doubled down on our commitment to support IBEW-NECA, The Electrical Training Alliance and apprentices across the country,” said Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools. “Our original pledge was highly successful and we are motivated to do even more to help men and women who are working hard to enter this challenging industry. Our support of IBEW-NECA, The Electrical Training Alliance and apprentices ensures that students receive the necessary tools and hands-on training to have a successful career.”

IBEW-NECA and The Electrical Training Alliance’s training programs use classroom learning, interactive simulations and virtual exercises to efficiently prepare students for the industry. Students will now train with Klein Tool’s high-quality professional-grade tools and materials to receive the highest possible educational experience.

For more information, visit our website at www.kleintools.com.

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About Klein Tools

Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools, Inc. Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.

 

About International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

A union of 750,000 members, the IBEW is the largest organization of electrical workers in North America. Our members work in nearly every part of the economy: construction, utilities, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroad and government. Formed in 1981, IBEW has earned the reputation as the oldest, largest and most professional electrical union in the world. For more information, visit http://www.ibew.org/.

 

About National Electrical Contractors Association

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the nationally recognized voice of the electrical construction industry, comprising more than 80,000 electrical contracting firms, employing over 750,000 electrical workers and producing an annual volume of over $130 billion in electrical construction. NECA contractors nationwide are involved in specialized construction work related to the design, installation and maintenance of electrical systems. For more information, visit http://www.necanet.org/.

 

Klein Tools creates fan vote to help decide Electrician of the Year

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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For the first time Klein Tools has created a fan vote to help decide the Electrician of the Year! Starting Friday, September 16, fans can vote at kleintools.com/eoyvotenow<http://www.kleintools.com/eoyvotenow> until Tuesday, September 27. The grand prize winner will be chosen from six regional finalists from across the country. Fans can learn more about the regional winners, who were selected for their processional achievement, commitment to safety and community service, on the Klein Tools website.

On October 8th, the Klein Tool’s Electrician of the Year will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools products for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Please help us spread the word and encourage the vote!

Klein® Tools Announces 2016 Electrician of the Year Regional Winners

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Six regional winners recognized for their dedication to improving the trade and their communities Grand prize winner receives free Klein Tools products for 10 years

August 24, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, has selected six regional winners for its annual Electrician of the Year award. The finalists demonstrated professional achievement, safety excellence and community dedication.

On October 8th, the grand prize winner will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools products for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Each of the remaining regional winners will be awarded Klein Tools’ Ultimate Garage Package and other Klein Tools products. The six winners were selected by a council of Klein Tools employees who voted on a winner from each of the Northwest, Southwest, Central North, Central South, Southeast and Northeast regions.

“Each year we are amazed at the quality of applications we receive for the Electrician of the Year contest,” said Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools. “We are pleased to recognize these six men as people who give back to the trade in profound ways, prioritize safety and training and make a meaningful impact on their communities. It’s never easy to pick a winner because each of these men, and all of our applicants, do such a great job representing Klein Tools on jobsites every day.”

The 2016 Electrician of the Year Regional Winners are:

 

Region 1 “Northwest”
Shelby Kytola is an electrician from Albany, Oregon who loves challenging himself with new tasks and prioritizes careful planning. He determines the steps, equipment and the risk involved with both the environment and tools needed to keep himself and others safe on the jobsite now, and in the future, by ensuring the work is properly and safely completed.

When he is not at work, Shelby and his family improve and help the lives of children in Oregon through foster care and adoption. He also spends time working with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at church.

 

Region 2 “Southwest”
Eric Simmons has been an electrician for more than 20 years and is currently licensed as a master electrician, electrical contractor or electrical administrator in 15 states. Currently, he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he works for one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation as a senior project manager. Eric is regularly called on to run the most complicated and technically challenging projects and has had several of his projects win regional and national awards.

Eric dedicates a significant amount of time to learn and apply proper safety practices as well as teach others about safety. He is certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as both a Safety Trained Supervisor-Construction (STS-C) and as a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). Eric is also an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for construction, MSHA Surface Miner Safety Trainer and an American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED instructor. Eric regularly teaches safety classes for his employer as well as for other organizations throughout the community.

He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship program, where he is an instructor and guest speaker. Eric enjoys judging various competitions where apprentices and students display their job skills. He has also led several collection drives for Street Teens, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and at risk teens in the Las Vegas area.

Region 3 “Central North”
Bill Budz of Schaumburg, Illinois is an electrical instructor at HVAC Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois. After 15 years as a journeyman electrician, he joined the school at the inception of the electrical program and helped develop its curriculum and program. Bill has also earned his master electrician license and certificates for commercial maintenance, electrical maintenance, refrigeration and air conditioning service. He is also OSHA 500 trained.

Throughout his career, Bill learned to view safety as a creed. When he was on job sites, he was often named the steward and was responsible for all safety related-issues. As an electrical instructor, he ensures students understand the hazards and dangers of electricity and the necessity for safe work practices.

Outside of the electrical industry, Bill volunteers at the local branch of Feed My Starving Children. He is also a substitute teacher in his local school district and enjoys speaking to all students about a job in the trades.

 

Region 4 “Central South”
John Ellington is an electrician in Chatfield, Texas (near Corsicana, Texas) where he successfully completes a wide range of jobs from wiring difficult boat docks to wiring entire commercial buildings. On top of being a journeyman electrician, he works on sprinkler systems, installs Excede Satellite internet and video surveillance systems. With his many different projects, John places a priority on safety for himself and his team and provides multiple safety devices to ensure everyone is safe while on the job.

John is also a volunteer fire chief and a member of the Corsicana Emergency Corps. He is a former fireman and police officer.

Region 5 “Southeast”
Randall Summers from Arthurdale, West Virginia has been in the electrical field for over 29 years and holds his master electrician’s license. After completing electrical trade school, he started his own electrical company. After three years of running all aspects of his business, Randall wanted to expand his knowledge of the electrical system and finally found his true calling as a lineman. He is most proud that even though the job of a lineman is extremely dangerous, he has never had a lost time accident. He enjoys working safely alongside his coworkers in order to complete each and every job without injuries or accidents. Randall has received the Excellence of Safety award every year from his employer for the last 10 years.

He has also done a great deal of volunteer work in his community such as helping in the restoration of Arthurdale’s historic buildings, improving the local school gym and updating the elementary school playground to make it a safer place for kids. One of his favorite volunteer activities has been demonstrating the art of blacksmithing to local school children and tourists.

Region 6 “Northeast”
John Levesque has been a licensed journeyman and master electrician for 37 years and owns an electrical contracting business in Adams, Massachusetts. He works on all projects including residential, commercial and industrial including medium and high voltage. He values education so that jobs are done right and makes sure his employees and himself are trained and certified in the many different safety aspects of the electrical industry. This ensures his employees return home safe to their families at the end of each work day.

When not running his business, John volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity providing his electrical expertise building new homes and remodeling old for local families. He also volunteers with his church to help raise money for the homeless and disadvantaged, both locally and internationally, who cannot afford sufficient meals for themselves and their families.

More information on the Electrician of the Year award and all the regional winners is available at http://www.kleintools.com/eoy.

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Klein is a registered trademark and Journeyman is a trademark of Klein Tools, Inc.

About Klein Tools
Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.

 

Klein® Tools Opens Nominations for the 2016 Electrician of the Year

July 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Grand prize winner will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools for 10 years

July 6, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, is accepting nominations for its annual Electrician of the Year award. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 a year in free Klein Tools for 10 years, totaling $25,000 worth of premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. Klein Tools is looking for electricians who exemplify professional achievement, safety excellence and community dedication. Entries, including self-nominations, will be accepted online at www.kleintools.com/eoy through August 7th, and all U.S.-based professional electricians are eligible.

For the first time, Klein Tools will make fan voting part of the selection process. Fans will be able to vote on the grand prize winner after six regional winners are announced in mid-August. Online voting will follow shortly after the regional winners are announced.

The six regional winners will be flown to Boston for an exclusive weekend getaway in early October. Each regional winner will receive $750 to $1,250 in Klein Tools products*, and each will also be awarded Klein Tools’ Ultimate Garage Package including a 41-piece Klein Journeyman™ Tool Set and other Klein gear. The grand prize winner will be announced on October 8th.

“This year Klein Tools is focused on giving a decade of dedication,” said Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools. “We want to give back to the men and women who are positive examples of electricians in the field and in their communities. Each year this contest introduces us to local heroes who are making a difference in their towns, and promoting safety and learning in the electrical industry.”

Klein family members review the submissions in order to pick the grand prize winner. As descendants of founder of Klein Tools, Mathias Klein, each member takes into account 159 years of Klein Tools’ heritage to help determine who should represent the electrical industry as Klein Tools’ Electrician of the Year.

Applications are available now at http://www.kleintools.com/eoyNominations are accepted online only through August 7th and are open to U.S. residents only.

*Prize amount will depend on each winner’s standing in the awards.

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About Klein Tools

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.  .

Klein® Tools ‘State of the Industry’ Survey Finds Electricians Have an Increased Interest in High-Tech Installations and are Seeing More Smart Homes

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Klein® Tools ‘State of the Industry’ Survey Finds Electricians Have an Increased Interest in High-Tech Installations and are Seeing More Smart Homes

June 16, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, today announced an additional round of results from its second-annual ‘State of the Industry’ survey. Over the course of two years, the survey asked more than 400 union and non-union electricians about their project preferences on job sites. This year it found higher percentages of electricians who prefer to work on high-tech installations, and home technology remains the most widely viewed residential trend by electricians.

High-tech Installations

The Klein Tools’ State of the Industry survey found preferences towards working on industrial projects, office buildings and commercial properties have stayed relatively the same since last year. There was a noticeable increase, however, in the number of union electricians, and electricians with 10 to 19 years’ experience, indicating they prefer to work on high-tech installations.

  • This year, 42 percent of union electricians say they prefer working on high-tech installations, up from 31 percent in 2015.
  •  The survey also found 51 percent of electricians with 10 to 19 years of industry experience said they prefer working on high-tech installations, a significant increase from 24 percent in 2015.
  • In comparison, 29 percent of electricians with less than 10 years’ experience said they prefer working on high-tech installations, and only 24 percent of electricians with more than 20 years’ experience said they prefer working on high-tech installations.

“We’re seeing increased interest from younger electricians and apprentices in high-tech systems. They see opportunities to work on the latest technology as a way to gain experience in an area of future growth and like the challenge associated with learning a complicated skill,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “It’s great to also learn many experienced electricians are taking a fondness to more advanced systems and want to keep up-to-date on their craft. This allows electricians with varying levels of expertise to learn from each other on the jobsite and advance the entire industry as technology continues changing the way we operate.”

Multi-Family and Smart Homes

The Klein Tools’ State of the Industry survey also found electricians are seeing more smart or “connected” homes in residential areas. Technology in homes is the most popular trend viewed amongst electricians—over open living spaces, home additions and multi-family homes. However, multi-family homes have significantly increased since 2015.

  • Nearly one-half of electricians, 48 percent, are seeing more smart or connected homes in the residential area—just slightly down from 56 percent in 2015.
  • One-third of electricians, or 31 percent, are seeing more multi-family homes in the residential area, up significantly from 25 percent in 2015.

“This tech-focused residential data aligns with what we’re seeing in the industry,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “Contractors are calling for more technicians who are skilled in newer, more digital-tech focused systems, and technicians are doing their best to keep up with this developing trend. Klein Tools is working with its partners to ensure younger electricians are trained in the old and news models so they are prepared for all types of scenarios on the job site.”

 

The Klein Tools ‘State of the Industry’ survey was conducted by Russell Research, an independent survey research firm, which conducted 201 online interviews from January 20 – 26, 2015, and 200 online interviews from January 27 – February 5, 2016, to secure a nationally significant representation. Forty percent of respondents were union members and 60 percent were not.

An infographic visualizing these statistics is also available at www.kleintools.com/2016survey2.

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Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools, Inc.

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.

2016 Bosch Power Tools Mobile Tour Drives Training and Tools to Trade Professionals on the Jobsite Bosch brings safety training direct to users where they work

June 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Bosch+Mobile+Tour_ChicagoMt. Prospect, Ill., June 14, 2016 – Training in the construction industry is sometimes the difference between making a profit or not – it’s that important. The only thing that makes some of the best power tool training in the industry better is when it comes to you. And that’s exactly what the 2016 Bosch Power Tools Mobile Tour is all about – bringing great training and information to the jobsite.

The 2016 Bosch Mobile Tour features stops in major North American cities to bring safety training direct to users. The tour is now underway and concludes in mid-September.

  • Click to Tweet: The 2016 @BoschToolsNA #PowerTools Mobile Tour is bringing great training to jobsites across North America http://boschpowertour.com/

The following Bosch training programs are available onsite: dust reduction/controlling silica dust, measuring tool options and capabilities, improving productivity with cordless technology and best practice power tool safety.

In addition to jobsite visits, the Bosch Mobile Tour will be at Bosch distribution partner locations for joint training and sales events.

“The 2016 Bosch Power Tools Mobile Tour promises to be an industrywide event that highlights some of the key themes on today’s jobsite – safety and productivity,” said Greg Henderson, group manager, engagement, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “Everyone benefits from learning best-practice techniques right where they work. Trade professionals are hungry for this information and Bosch is the right partner to meet that need.”

Each Bosch Mobile Tour event is highlighted by a visit from the Bosch Power Tools-branded Ram® 5500 chassis cab outfitted with Sortimo by Knapheide in-vehicle racking. Tour vehicles also include a customized 17-foot tool trailer.  And every tour event features hands-on tool demonstrations, including the new Bosch REAXX™ Jobsite Table Saw, and special pricing. Every training attendee receives a free safety vest and lunch.

Bosch representatives will be available to discuss the company’s latest power tool innovations.

For more information about the 2016 Bosch Power Tools Mobile Tour, visit www.boschtools.com/tour. The website is designed to inform attendees thanks to an easy-to-use calendar that can add the events to a personal calendar. The site also features text reminders about mobile tour location, plus pictures and video from events.

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Klein Tools recognizes National Linemen’s Day on April 18

April 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Thanking the linemen who work in dangerous environments to keep us safe

By Mark Klein

Today the nation pauses to give thanks to the thousands of men and women who risk their lives working as electrical linemen. April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day, established by U.S. Congress to honor those who regularly put their lives on the line to keep our lights and power on. Linemen repair downed power lines in the middle of hurricanes; bring lights back on during snow storms; and work atop poles over busy highways. We’re glad to have a day dedicated to thank those who work in harm’s way to keep us safe.

Utility line work is recognized within the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with more than 19 workers in every 100,000 killed on the job every year. Linemen work hundreds of feet above the ground installing and repairing electrical lines and are often the first peopled called in natural disasters, severe weather and times of crisis. They regularly clear a scene before first responders can assist with rescues, fires, traffic controls or other dangerous liberations. In fact, following Superstorm Sandy which struck our country just three years ago, President Obama made a strong call to designate utility workers as first responders, asking that electricity be a first-responder issue to avoid unnecessary “red tape” during an emergency. We see this as respect for the dangerous work linemen do, and the work they must continue to do to keep other servicemen safe.

Klein is committed to making linemen’s jobs easier, safer and more efficient. We know linemen are on high alert during crisis scenarios, but we also know it can be easy to overlook small details that put themselves and others in danger. Klein is committed to doing everything possible to develop the safest tools making it easier for linemen to do their job in all conditions. Mathias Klein, founder of Klein Tools, was inducted to the International Lineman’s Hall of Fame for his dedication to the lineman’s trade and we work daily to honor his commitment to the craft and to safety.

As part of our ongoing promise towards safer practices, Klein developed the “Head of the Class Award” which recognizes outstanding electrical instructors and the ways they give back to their communities. Our last award was received by a lineman instructor of over 20 years, Roy Smith, who heads a utility technology program teaching the next aspiring generation of lineman. Klein also supports training and education with tool donations to lineman schools and facilities all across the country. This helps ensure apprentices begin their training with quality, safe tools that are tested and trusted on jobsites.

We are thankful for the work these men and women do in order to keep us all safe and comfortable. Klein, its counterparts and greater community will continue assisting this dedicated group of tradesmen to ensure they have long and successful careers.

Bosch GTS1041A-09 Reaxx table saw (Now Shipping)

Update: Now available at Amazon.com

Coming June 2016!

10 In. REAXX™ Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise™ Wheeled Stand

For more info: Boschtools.com

The Bosch Active Response Technology platform helps reduce the risk of injury to users by combining advanced Bosch sensors and electronics with mechanical injury-prevention systems. The REAXX™ table saw detects human flesh that comes in contact with the blade and rapidly drops the saw blade below the tabletop. This high-speed action helps mitigate the potential of serious user injury and occurs without damaging the blade. After activation, the system can be reset in less than 60 seconds. A dual-activation cartridge enables two incidents before a replacement cartridge is needed.

KEY FEATURES

  • Rapidly drops blade below tabletop upon flesh detection without damaging the blade
  • Quick reset in 60 seconds or less after activation
  • Saw app provides saw status and lockout options via Near Field Communication (NFC) – App available June 2016

Bosch Reaxx Table Saw GTS1041A-091. ACTIVE RESPONSE TECHNOLOGY™

• Mitigates injury to user in case of blade contact, dropping the blade under the table with no blade damage

• Allows system to be reset in under 60 seconds; all parts and instructions located on tool

2. REAR OUTFEED SUPPORT

(GTS1041-09 ONLY) Provides additional rear material support for cutting longer workpieces

3. THROAT PLATE

Locks in place with toolless lockdown system; quick and easy removal and reinstallation

4. CONTROL PANEL

• LED lighted display indicates saw status
• Saw app provides saw status and lockout options via Near Field Communication (NFC) – App available June 2016 •
• Mechanical lockouts for power switch and bypass switch, override key not required

5. SMART GUARD SYSTEM

Modular blade guard, riving knife and anti-kickback pawls are quick and easy to configure

6. ENHANCED SQUARELOCK™ RIP FENCE

Engineered for enhanced clamping and trueness with precision improvements for pre-squaring prior to locking

7. ADVANCED MOTOR ELECTRONICS

Custom electronics provide:
• Soft-start manages a gradual motor startup
• Speed control to maintain cutting speed under load
• Overload protection

8. UPFRONT PUSH STICK STORAGE

Located at the front of the tool for easy access and consistent placement

9. GRAVITY-RISE™ STAND

(GTS1041-09 ONLY) Rugged enough for the toughest jobsite abuse and handling

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