Similar to the apparel industry, the tools and work materials category has suffered from a lot of production shifts overseas. Chinese steel, other materials, and labor costs are simply cheaper for large companies. With that shift typically comes lower quality. For example, 12-gauge Chinese steel is three times weaker than its American counterparts, as tested by brands like Champion safes. We simply can’t rely on international manufacturers to help us get the job done right. That search for American made quality is why 60% of workers in a recent survey from Klein Tools indicated that being made in the USA is important to them when making a tool purchase. American made tools provide quality, performance, and of course, help support our local job economy. We’re doing the research to help you separate the foreign from the domestic and the good from the bad, finding great made in the USA tools and other work materials across a variety of categories.
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