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February 10, 2016 4:20 AM ET


Company Overview of IRWIN Industrial Tool Company, Inc.

Company Overview

IRWIN Industrial Tool Company, Inc. manufactures and distributes professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories for trade professionals worldwide. It offers chisels, circular saw blades, clamps, drill bits, fastener drive, handsaws, impact accessories, levels and squares, linear edge, locking tools, marking tools, pipe wrenches, pliers and adjustable wrenches, screw and bolt extractors, screwdrivers, snips, taps, dies and sets, utility knives and blades, worksite products, and vises. The company’s tools and accessories are used by automotive professionals, carpet installers, do-it-yourself professionals, drywallers, electricians, framers, general contractors, masonry professionals,...

8936 Northpointe Executive Drive

Suite 200

Huntersville, NC 28078

United States

Founded in 1885





Key Executives for IRWIN Industrial Tool Company, Inc.

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Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

IRWIN Industrial Tool Company, Inc. Key Developments

IRWIN Tools Introduces Strait-Line Chalk & Reel Range with Next Generation Innovations

IRWIN Tools announced new advancements to its STRAIT-LINE® Chalk & Reel line. The new innovations include larger chalk reel openings for increased speed and visibility, best-in-class line strength for fewer breaks, and enhanced usability and ergonomics. Along with the updated product range, IRWIN is introducing a new chalk reel, the LayoutPro as part of an expanded large capacity chalk reel offering. The new Easy Fill & Lock Top innovation is a large, 1/4-turn locking top available on the MACH6 and the Speedline PRO chalk reels. This feature provides a wide opening for convenience when filling the reel or accessing internals and locks securely to prevent spills. The wide openings give added visibility into the reels, reducing user frustration and downtime by providing faster line priming while minimizing overfilling a primary cause of reel jams. The improved internal access allows users to access the spool to work out line tangles or retrieve broken lines without taking the reel apart. The MACH6 also has an open access back panel for quick line changes and cleaning. Both reels feature hi-tensile lines that are 2.5 times stronger than traditional lines, a robust steel handle and large center clutch for increased durability and torque, as well as a wide prong hook to provide secure anchoring. The aluminum bodied MACH6 has a 6:1 gear ratio, making it 6X faster than traditional reels, and is powered by a heavy-duty metal drive gear. The Speedline PRO has lightweight ABS housing with a metal faceplate that protects a 3:1 gear ratio, making it 3X faster than traditional reels when winding. The Speedline and Classic reels also feature larger chalk reel openings with a 70% larger door than previous models. Both reels provide 100' of abrasion-resistant polyester line that delivers up to six strikes per pull, and have large center hubs for increased durability, strength and torque. The Speedline reel is 3X faster than traditional reels and housed in lightweight ABS, while the Classic is a durable jobsite option with its tough aluminum housing for impact resistance. Manufactured for laying out long lines on larger sites, the new LayoutPro and LayoutPro XL chalk reels feature large sliding chalk fill doors and a durable ABS base design optimized for improved chalk fill. The Layout PRO has 10oz. chalk capacity and 100' of line, in comparison to the larger LayoutPro XL, which has a 20oz. capacity for fewer refills and 150' line. Both reels have 2:1 gear ratios and rewind line 2X faster than traditional chalk reels, as well as a soft-touch and ergonomic grip for comfort and control when snapping lines. Furthermore, the heavy-duty braided line resists fraying and breaking over long distances for reduced downtime when working on rough surfaces. The new IRWIN STRAIT-LINE Chalk & Reel line will be available starting in October 2015 at home centers, hardware stores, and construction and industrial tool suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Suggested retail prices range from $4.99 to $29.99.

IRWIN Tools Introduces New IRWIN® VISE-GRIP® Locking Multi-Pliers

IRWIN Tools introduced the new IRWIN® VISE-GRIP® Locking Multi-Pliers, combining more than 90 years of dependable locking pliers technology with three additional tools integrated into the lower handle of the pliers. The four-tools-in-one multi-pliers design features a stainless steel serrated fold-out knife blade and a fold-out screwdriver that includes a ¼'' bit holder with #2 Phillips® and 6-8 slotted bits, allowing users to get more done while carrying fewer tools on the job. Available in 5WR®, 5CR(TM) and 6LN® jaw types, the Multi-Pliers are backed by the IRWIN VISE-GRIP Lifetime Guarantee. The IRWIN VISE-GRIP 5CR features a self-energizing lower jaw that provides 3X more gripping power than traditional locking pliers. The patented curved jaw (CR) design is perfect for securely gripping and torqueing multiple surface shapes, such as round pipe, square or hex bolts and is ideal for applications that require maximum torque. The IRWIN VISE-GRIP 5WR features a built-in wire cutter and the jaw shape puts tremendous pressure on four points of any style nut or bolt head, making it perfect for many applications. The IRWIN VISE-GRIP 6LN is a 6" long nose multi-pliers featuring a long straight nose, ideal for precision work, hobbies and applications requiring tightening, clamping, twisting and turning. The hardened teeth grip materials from any angle. The entire range of VISE-GRIP Multi-Pliers are constructed of high-grade, heat treated alloy steel and feature Fast Release Technology, a one-handed triggerless release that is easier to open than traditional locking pliers. The Multi-Pliers also feature a hex key adjusting screw, which tightens and draws materials closer together for tighter gripping, and loosens to provide controlled release. The new IRWIN VISE-GRIP Locking Multi-Pliers will be available in September at home centers, hardware stores and construction and industrial tool suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

IRWIN Tools Launches Phase II of Impact Performance Series

IRWIN Tools is introducing the second phase of its Impact Performance Series(TM) portfolio of impact driver accessories, completing the widest range of drilling, driving and extracting accessories available in the market. While some accessories currently marketed for use in impact drivers are only compatible with impact power tools, IRWIN's impact accessories are engineered specifically for use in impact tools. Featuring Double-Ended Power Bits, a Tapcon(R) Installation System, BOLT-GRIP(R) and SCREW-GRIP(TM) Extractors, IRWIN's line of innovative new tools are enabling tradesmen to do more with their impact drivers than ever before. The second phase of the Impact Performance Series expands the initial offering which was originally focused on the fastener drive category only. IRWIN's expansion into impact designed double-ended power bits, drilling, extracting, and adapters and extensions categories provides the right impact accessory for nearly all impact driver applications. By eliminating the need for multiple tools and transition time, accessories allow tradesmen to work more efficiently and productively on their jobs. This launch also introduced IRWIN's Tapcon(R) Installation System. Compatible with standard drill/drivers, but especially designed for use with impact drivers, this system combines a bit and drill/drive sleeve to make Tapcon installation faster and easier. The one-piece construction bit features a built-in hex collar stop for drilling the perfect hole depth for both Tapcon and other masonry screws, allowing users to drill precise pilot holes every time. Designed with three different lengths, these bits match up with all standard Tapcon screw diameters and lengths and the Drill/Drive Installation Sleeve makes the installation process easier.

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