It’s wonderful being a skilled craftsman, but it’s often a struggle to build your business. Sometimes the reason is outside your control—as it was when the residential housing market took a downturn. But often, ineffective communication and careless administration play a role. That problem can be fixed. Communicating clearly, from proposal to the follow-up after the job, strengthens your reputation. Many, […]
NATIONAL TRADESMEN DAY CELEBRATES THE ROLE OF TRADESMEN ACROSS MANY INDUSTRIES First of all, let me wish you a very happy National Tradesmen Day! Here at Pro Tool Reviews, we’re taking the time to look at the history, evolution, and education of tradesmen. We had the chance to chat with Greg Palese, Vice-President of Marketing […]
There’s a fundamental problem in America, and it’s two-fold. First, while there is rising unemployment, there is also an ever-growing rift between available jobs and people who have the skills required to fill them. This is the true “skills gap.” The second part of this problem is the pervasive bias in high schools that views […]
Friday, September 20th is National Tradesmen Day, a day pioneered by Irwin Tools and backed by lots of industry folk, including a favorite of ours, Mike Rowe. This is a day to say “thank you” to America’s electricians, plumbers, welders, drywall installers, framers, masons, carpenters, auto mechanics, and more. After all, professional tradesmen are all […]
Electricians, plumbers, welders, drywall installers, framers, masons, carpenters, auto mechanics, and more. We see them all around us, every single day. They are our nation’s REAL working hands. Whether grizzled veterans or young apprentices just learning the trade, these men and women work in the toughest, most unforgiving conditions—often, with no break room in sight. […]
Last year we covered the Irwin-initiated National Tradesmen Day (NTD). Now the second annual NTD will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, and IRWIN Tools is again encouraging all Americans to make plans to recognize America’s tradesmen. Why tradesmen? These are the men and women who are the backbone of our great nation. These […]
Irwin Tools has proven in the past that it’s all about the Tradesmen. Last February we wrote an article about how Irwin Tools was calling for a National Tradesmen Day. Tomorrow, September 16, 2011, is that day. If you’re a Tradesman, then Irwin Tools hopes that you and everyone celebrates and recognizes the talent and […]
Spending a weekend with the folks from Irwin Tools, covering the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals and watching the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway is almost more than any tool guy could imagine. Yet, under all this fun was really a message that Irwin is extremely intent on communicating. And since we wholeheartedly agree – it is our pleasure to help them do it. It is the concept of elevating the roll of today’s tradesmen. On the surface this does not sound like much, but if you really start to think about it, when was the last time you heard of a young person going to a vocational or trade school? When was the last time you honestly thanked your mechanic, plumber, electrician or carpenter for the job they did? How about the last time you heard a student enthusiastically proclaim that they wanted to be a builder, electrician, or plumber? Makes you think, doesn’t it? If it were not for craftsman and tradesman, we would not have fine furniture, beautiful buildings, hand built cabinetry, electricity in our homes, running water, air conditioning, working automobiles and the list goes on and on. Somehow in todayâ€™s society, we tend to unconsciously look down on folks that work day in and day out with their hands. We have progressed from a time when hard work equaled job satisfaction (and perhaps calloused hands) to a time where the expectation is that you should get a college degree and work smarter, not harder. What Irwin really drilled home (yes, pun intended, darn it!) was that they want to be here to bring honor and elevate the roles of tradesmen. All we can say is: Preach it, brother!
Six incredibly talented tradesmen from nearly all corners of the globe were brought together to compete for the top position in the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tennessee. These six guys were not chosen by chance but by rather by their displays of speed and adeptness of working with their hands. All together over 16,000 folks competed in nine countries and 250 events all over the globe; to finally be whittled down to the six that represented the very best of the best in their respected countries. These six finalists were already recognized and award-winning champions in their own regions but there needed to be ONE ultimate world winner and that’s what this weekend was all about. The location could not be more fitting and appropriate with the Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Jeff Byrd 500 (normally known as the Food City 500) With the festive atmosphere that a race weekend brings, there was plenty of enthusiastic spectators to cheer the guys on.
Irwin Tools, a manufacturer of a wide line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, will host the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Six competitors from around the world will use their trade skills to perform a series of precise tasks. These include gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling, all in a race against the clock. The tradesman with the top time will be crowned the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Champion and will have a chance to win up to… wait for it… one million (meeeeellion) dollars. Irwin Tools hosted over 250 competitions in nine countries to identify the top six competitors who can Grip It, Rip It, and Drive It faster than any other tradesman. On Sunday, March 20, 2011, one will be crowned the IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Champion.