Channellock, Inc. started making high-quality hand tools back in 1886. 133 years later, they have over 350 dedicated associates who manufacture more than 75 different sizes and types of pliers in Meadville, PA, USA. Making pliers isn’t just something they’re proud of, it’s who they are. Channellock, Inc. has more than 4,000 U.S. wholesale and retail customers and ships to customers in 45 countries–all shipped from their American manufacturing plants.
Channellock takes pride in its American heritage and is a strong advocate for the reshoring movement. The company’s workers make quality tools at their two facilities in Pennsylvania. Tradesmen know that, although tools made overseas made be cheaper, Channellock tools are built to last with American parts.
President and COO Jon DeArment knows that outsourcing production may be cheaper in terms of cost. He believes more strongly though about a commitment to Channlelocks hundreds of employees and American consumers to maintain that same American-made quality and keep production domestic.
“We’re a family-owned business, 133 years now, I’m fifth generation. All over tools are made in Pennsylvania and we employ 361 people,” said Jon to Fox News anchor at the Made in America 2019 conference in Indianapolis.
“I believe a country is only as strong as it’s ability to make things.”
She then asked him what would happen if he were to make those tools offshore, “Some people think that would be the easiest way to go, but we think that would be a challenge. Manufacturing is not only important for our communities but for our country. I believe a country is only as strong as it’s ability to make things,” Jon replied.
“We absolutely have a commitment to our workforce. It’s the bedrock of our philosophy, one of our founding beliefs.”
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