SK Hand Tool begins tool shipments

SK Product Manager Aaron Mattison.
<p>SK Product Manager Aaron Mattison.</p>

SK Hand Tool LLC is sending the first shipments of sockets, ratchets, screwdrivers, wrenches and specialty tools to distributors and mobile tool dealers since the SK brand was acquired by IDEAL Industries Inc. in August, 2010.

The tools -- many manufactured using original dies from now-shuttered SK Hand Tool plants in Chicago and Ohio -- are being produced in a newly built, state-of-the-art headquarters in Sycamore, Ill., and in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"SK is an iconic American brand that we are proud to continue manufacturing in the United States," says Doug Spitler, vice president/general manager of SK Hand Tool. LLC. "We're excited to show mechanics the SK brand is alive and well, and in fact, better than ever."  

IDEAL has fully leveraged its resources into assuring the success of its SK acquisition. Along with building a new 130,000-square foot facility in Sycamore, it has invested in technically advanced metalworking, and CNC machinery to guarantee tool quality. The company also has refurbished essential equipment salvaged from SK plants.

Modern management practices, such as small batch and one-piece flow manufacturing are being applied, resulting in quality and on-time shipping capabilities.

For more information visit www.skhandtool.com.

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