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Made in America, Right in Wisconsin. Governor Walker Joins Empire Level to Celebrate Commitment to Growth in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today joined employees of Empire Level (Empire), a division of Milwaukee Tool, and local officials to celebrate its commitment to manufacturing growth in Wisconsin. With more than 200 employees, Empire is driving growth and job creation in Wisconsin through partnerships with Milwaukee Tool, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Milwaukee 7, and local governments.

Milwaukee Tool invested $16 million to strengthen Empire since acquiring the company in 2014. This investment supported plant upgrades, over 150 new products, and more than 80 incremental hires.

“Empire Level and Milwaukee Tool have shown an outstanding commitment to growth and creating new manufacturing jobs right here in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “Both of these long-time Wisconsin companies are teaming up with local colleges and universities on worker training initiatives to close the skills gap and recruit engineering talent. The commitment shown by companies like Milwaukee Tool and Empire is a major reason why Wisconsin will continue to lead the way in manufacturing and worker training.”

Founded in 1919, Empire is a Mukwonago, Wis.-based manufacturer of precision layout tools, and is the fastest-growing layout brand in North America. The company introduced such industry-firsts as the Monovial, the Torpedo Level, and the Magnetic Level, and its products are sold in more than 50 countries.

Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wis.-based manufacturer of cordless power tools, professional hand tools, and accessories. With its $16 million investment in Empire, Milwaukee Tool has rebuilt a 100-year MADE IN THE USA brand with a reputation for quality.

“Empire Level’s success is a testament to our commitment of driving growth and creating new jobs in Wisconsin,” said Milwaukee Tool Group President Steve Richman. “The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, recognizes Empire as the fastest-growing and largest U.S. manufacturer of levels. Our strategic partnership has delivered tremendous growth which is focused on developing innovative solutions for our users and The Home Depot customers. The investments we’ve made in people, training, plant upgrades, and quality processes at Empire will allow us to continue delivering on this partnership.”

In February 2016, WEDC awarded $18 million in enterprise zone tax credits to support expansion efforts by Milwaukee Tool. The credits are tied to job retention, job creation, and capital investment.

IRWIN Introduces Comprehensive Screwdriver Family

Innovative, Flexible, Multi-Tool Designs for Added Comfort and Torque Now Available

IRWIN® Tools, a leading manufacturer of innovative hand tools and power tools accessories for more than a century, has announced a comprehensive screwdriver family including: new multi-bit drivers, a Performance Series Screwdriver and Nut Driver family, a TorqueZone Screwdriver family, and a range of hex keys and accessories.

The new IRWIN® Tools screwdrivers will be showcased during the upcoming National Tradesmen Day Roadshow, scheduled August 14 – October 27, 2017 and visiting more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. The latest IRWIN® Tools screwdriver introductions extend the company’s design mission to make users more effective and productive on the  and include:

IRWIN Multi-Bit Screwdrivers: Designed to address a variety of requirements and challenges professionals face on the job, from quick change and access in hard to reach spaces  IRWIN® Multi-Bit Screwdrivers include:

Quick Change Driver (1948782) can also be used with any standard fastener bits and features a Lock-n-Load® mechanism that allows bits to be quickly and easily switched between hand tools and power tools and an increased hold of the fastener drive bit. Bit sizes included: Slotted 6-8, Slotted 8-10, Phillips #1, Phillips #2.

8-in-1 Multi-Bit Screwdriver (1948773) allows construction tradesmen and professionals to easily replace lost or misplaced bits with any standard fastener bits and is compatible with standard double-ended bits, power bits, and insert bits. It also features compact, in-handle bit storage for easy accessibility to 2 double-ended bits and1 insert bit. Bit sizes included: Phillips #1, Phillips #2, Square #2, T25, Slotted 8-10 and 3 nut driver sizes including 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8”.

Screw Guide Driver (1948776) features a magnetic metal sleeve that extends out over the screw, which keeps fasteners straight, eliminates screw wobble and keeps the screw from falling off in long or out-of-reach fasteners. This driver is compatible with insert bits and power bits for convenient replacement. Bits included: Phillips #1, Phillips #2, Phillips #3, Slotted 6-8, Slotted 8-10.

IRWIN® Performance Series Screwdrivers and Nutdrivers: Featuring a 3-Zone Comfort GripTM for increased support and control as well as heat-treated precision tips, chrome-plated shafts and an acetate handle core for durability, the IRWIN® Performance Series delivers a wide range of fastener types and sizes that can adapt to a variety of applications.

  • Demolition Scratch AWL (item 1948719) crafted with an acetate handle for long lasting durability and feature a solid steel core and strike cap for heavy impact in demolition work. Scribes, marks, and starts screw holes in various materials.
  • Performance Series Demolition Screwdrivers featuring a slotted steel core and strike cap for heavy impact demolition work including:
    • Slotted Keystone, 4” shaft length, ¼” (1948695)
    • Slotted Keystone, 6” shaft length 5/16” (1948696)
    • Phillips, 6” shaft length, #2 tip (1948697)
    • 2 Piece Performance Series Demolition Set, 6” shaft length, 5/16” slotted keystone and Phillips #2 tip (1948789)
  • Performance Series Screwdrivers available in single and multi-size sets, as well as standard and stubby shaft lengths, IRWIN Performance Series screwdrivers feature a 3-zone Comfort Grip for maximum performance and comfort in high and low torque applications. These drivers are crafted with an acetate handles:
    • ​3″ shaft length, Phillips #1 tip (1948298)
    • 4″ shaft length, Phillips #2 tip (1948300)
    • 6” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (19486710)
    • 10” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948672)
    • 6″ shaft, Phillips #3 tip (1948673)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948677)
    • 3” shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948685)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948686)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/4″ (1948687)
    • 6” shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/4″ (1948688)
    • 3” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/16″ (1948692)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 7/32″(1948689)
    • 4” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948691)
    • 6″shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16″ (1948693)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948694 3
    • 4” shaft, Square #1 (1948674)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #2 (1948675)
    • 6” shaft, Square #3 (1948676)
    • Stubby Screwdriver, 1 ½” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948299)
    • Series Stubby Screwdriver, 1 ½ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948690)
    • 2 Piece Performance Series Screwdriver Set (1948785)
    • 6 Piece Performance Series Screwdriver Set (1948788)
  • Performance Series Nutdrivers: Feature a 3-Zone Comfort Grip for maximum performance to support high and low torque applications, IRWIN® Performance Series Nut Drivers are crafted with an acetate handle for long-lasting durability,  have a hollow 3” shaft to accommodate long bolts, and a 6-sided drive head to engage fasteners for less stripping and long life.
    • ​SAE 3/16″(1948704)
    • SAE 1/4″ (1948705)
    • SAE 5/16″ (1948706)
    • SAE 11/32″ (1948707)
    • SAE 3/8″ (1948708)
    • SAE 7/16″ (1948709)
    • SAE 1/2″ (1948710)
    • SAE 9/16″ (1948711)
    • Metric 5MM (1948712)
    • Metric 6MM (1948713)
    • Metric 7MM (1948714)
    • Metric 8MM (1948715)
    • Metric  9MM (1948716)
    • Metric 10MM (1948717)
    • Metric 11MM (1948718)
    • 2 Piece SAE Nutdriver Set: 4” Shaft with ¼” Slotted Keystone and Phillips #2 tip (1948793)
    • 8 Piece SAE Nutdriver Set: 3” Shaft, Hex Size 3/16”, ¼”, 5/16”, 11/32”, 3/8”, 7/16”, ½” and 9/16” (1948790) 7 Piece Metric Nutdriver Set, 5MM, 6MM, 7MM, 8MM, 9MM, 10MM, and 11MM (1948791)

IRWIN TorqueZone Screwdrivers are designed for optimal turning force and comfort, providing speed in high or low torque applications including:

  • IRWIN TorqueZone Magnetic Multi-Bit Driver (item 1948780) features a magnetized bit holder that holds insert and power bits securely, and features a TorqueZone™ handle design for optimal comfort and torque. Bit sizes included: SL 6-8, SL 8-10, Phillips #1 tip, Phillips #2 tip, Phillips #3 tip.
  • TorqueZone Screwdrivers (Standard) are available in a range of shaft lengths, tip types and multi-piece sets including:
    • ​3” shaft, Phillips #1 tip (1948720)
    • 10″ shaft, Phillips #1 tip (1948721)
    • 1-1/2″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948722)
    • 4″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948723)
    • 10″ shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948648)
    • 6″ shaft, Phillips #3 tip (1948649)
    • 8″ shaft, Phillips #3 (1948731)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #1 tip (1948733)
    • 4″ shaft, Square #2 tip (1948734)
    • 6″ shaft, Square #3 tip (1948736)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948737)
    • 6”shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 1/8″ (1948738)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948739)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948740)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948751)
    • 10″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948753)
    • 12″ shaft, Slotted – Cabinet 3/16″ (1948754)
    • 3″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/16″ (1948758)
    • 1-1/2″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948755)
    • 4″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948756)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 1/4″ (1948757)
    • 6″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16″ (1948759)
    • 8″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948760)
    • 10″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948761)
    • 12″ shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8″ (1948762)
    • TorqueZone Screwdriver Sets (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10)
  • TorqueZone Demolition Screwdrivers feature a solid steel core and strike cap for heavy impact in demolition work. Ends of handles are stamped with tip type for easy identification, and a heat treated precision tip geometry for superior fitment, reducing stripping and cam-out. Sizes and specifications:
    • ​4” shaft, Slotted – Keystone ¼” (1948767)
    • 6” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 5/16” (1948768)
    • 8” shaft, Slotted – Keystone 3/8” (1948769)
    • 6” shaft, Phillips #2 tip (1948770)

IRWIN Folding Hex Key Sets: All square cut for a secure fit to help prevent slippage and stripping of fasteners, the sets are built with chrome vanadium steel for high strength and durability and include:

  • IRWIN® 7PC Metric Ball-End (item 2001402)
  • IRWIN® 9PC SAE Ball-End (item 2001401)
  • IRWIN® 8PC Folding TORX® Set (item 2001405)

IRWIN L-Caddy Hex Key Sets: feature ergonomic handles, providing comfort and strength for driving. IRWIN L-Caddy Hex Key Sets come in a durable plastic container that holds the keys securely in place and include:

  • 11PC Short Arm TORX® Set (item 2001396)
  • 13PC SAE Ball-End Long Arm Hex Set (item 2001397)
  • 10PC Metric Ball-End Long Arm Set (item 2001398)

IRWIN introduced a targeted offering of multi-bit drivers in late 2016 including:

  • IRWIN® Extending Driver (1948779)
  • IRWIN® 8-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver (1948774
  • IRWIN® 6-in-1 Nut Driver SAE and Metric (1948777 and 1948448

IRWIN® Tools Performance Series include the IRWIN® hand tools’ full lifetime guarantee and are currently available at construction and industrial tool suppliers, home centers, hardware stores, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Warranty information, additional product details can be found at www.irwin.com.

About IRWIN Tools

IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Stanley Black & Decker. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com. IRWIN invites the nation to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Sept. 15, 2017.

TORX is a registered trademark of Acumen Intellectual Properties LLC

DEWALT Adds Connected Performance and Convenience to Laser Distance Measurers Line Up

100 Foot Bluetooth® Enabled Laser Distance Measurer Features Tool ConnectTM App; DEWALT’s First 30 Foot Pocket Laser Distance Measurer with Rechargeable Battery

DEWALT has introduced three Laser Distance Measurers designed for accuracy and convenience with features that support a broad range of leveling and layout applications and job-site requirements.

Delivering 30 foot to 100 foot working ranges, the DEWALT® Laser Distance Measurer (LDM) line additions include:

DEWALT® Bluetooth® Enabled 100 Foot Laser Distance Measurer (model DW099S) connects via Bluetooth® to store measurements, mark up photos, and be able to save those on the DEWALT® Tool Connect™ app. This LDM can measure distances up to 100 feet. The 1.5 inch (measured diagonally) black, backlit high contrast LCD screen provides visibility in various lighting conditions and displays continuous measurement tracking that quickly and easily finds distance from a target as well as distance, area and volume in three measurement units (feet, inches and meters) and historical measurement for reference to the last three measurements. An over-molded grip supports a firm hold and drop protection, while a wrist strap provides carrying convenience. Other functions include calculating area and volume, as well as perform simple addition and subtraction functions.

DEWALT® 65 Foot Laser Distance Measurer (model DW065E) is a cost-effective solution that has a compact, lightweight design, a backlit high contrast LCD display for visibility in various lighting conditions and supports quick measuring for area and volume to support a variety of applications including painting and flooring estimates. The DEWALT® DW065E is accurate within 1/8” at 30 feet. The unit includes two AA batteries and a wrist strap for carrying convenience.

DEWALT® 30 Foot Pocket Laser Distance Measurer (model DW030PL) is DEWALT’s first pocket-sized LDM that features a rechargeable lithium ion battery.  Its one-button operation, users to take quick and easy measurements for furniture estimates and wall dimensions and has an accuracy of within 1/4” at 30 feet. The 2.5” L x 1.25” W x 0.75” H LCD screen displays linear measurements. An internal lithium ion battery is charged via USB charging cable (provided) and an over-molded case housing for a secure grip and drop protection as well as a wrist trap connection for carrying convenience.

More information, including where to purchase is available by visiting DEWALT.com. Users can download the DEWALT® Tool Connect™ app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

About DEWALT:

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, storage and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.

With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced over 90 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2016 alone. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT tools Made in the USA with global materials.

DEWALT® Announces FLEXVOLT® Compressor Made in the USA with global materials

What could be more useful than a cordless compressor? Not much. To fill the void and continue its expansion of the cordless tool jobsite DEWALT® announces the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor (DCC2560). This tool is in made in Jackson, Tennessee with global materials and is part of the growing FLEXVOLT® System from DEWALT.

For the user that wants to leverage their existing pneumatic tools, the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor is a compact, portable, and lightweight choice at only 21.5 lbs. without a battery. The compressor achieves up to 1,220 nails per charge using one 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT® Battery (DCB606) and a DEWALT 18 GA Brad Nailer (DWFP12233). The compressor maintains speed during a variety of finish applications including molding, baseboards, door and window casing work, deck lattice, as well as cabinet and furniture projects.

The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor features an efficient brushless motor paired with a heavy-duty, oil-free pump. It provides cordless convenience with the power of a corded tool. Another premium feature of the compressor is its OneTurn™ regulator for fast, accurate pressure adjustment. Traditional compressors have two separate gauges; one gauge that measures tank pressure and another that measures the regulated output pressure flowing through the couplers and into the air tools. To adjust the regulated pressure on traditional compressors, the user has to turn the regulator knob and wait for the regulated pressure gauge to catch up. The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor comes with the OneTurn™ regulator which allows the user to simply turn the knob so the indicator is pointing to the desired PSI. The compressor will then self-regulate.

In addition, the compressor’s roll cage provides durability and rubber feet help to prevent the tool from walking when in use. The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor has a maximum tank pressure of 135 PSI and delivers 1.2 SCFM @ 90 PSI (tested per ISO 1217). This provides ideal pressure and air flow for an extended range of trim and finish applications. For the loyal pneumatic user who wants to untether themselves from a power source, but still use their existing pneumatic tools, the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor is the perfect solution. Available in fall 2017 where DEWALT products are sold, the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor will come kitted with one 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT® Battery (DCB606) and one fast charger (DCB118) for $299 MSRP (DCC2560T1). It will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

With respect to 60V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

About DEWALT

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power toolspower tool accessories, and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.

With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced over 90 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2016 alone. Visit the website to learn more aboutDEWALT products Made in the USA with global materials.

DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

New STANLEY® 120 Tooth Ratchet Provides More Than 2X the Access* Along With Style, Performance and Quality

STANLEY has introduced the STANLEY® 120 Tooth Ratchet, an innovative addition to the comprehensive line of automotive tools, featuring 2X the access versus a traditional 60 tooth ratchet on fasteners in tight spots.

This is the first 120 Tooth Ratchet for STANLEY and is engineered for auto enthusiasts to DIY who want to add performance and quality to their toolbox. Integral to working in tight spaces, the reduced arc swing of the ratchet are alternating pawls, which formulate a 3 degree arc swing.

Available in two open stock models, 3/8” and 1/2” Drive in black chrome (Model numbers STMT81207: 3/8” and STMT81208: ½”), additional features of the STANLEY® 120 Tooth Ratchet:

  • Grooved handle design for an improved ergonomic feel and greater control when fastening
  • An 8” handle on the 3/8” and 10”handle on the 1/2” drive, designed to provide greater reach and improved leverage
  • Low Profile Switch Lever, which prevents accidental switch and supports improved accessibility

More information, including where to purchase is available on Stanleytools.com. #StanleyTools

*Versus a traditional 60 tooth ratchet