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    FEATURED STORY: 2019 POPULAR MECHANICS TOOL AWARDS

    2019 POPULAR MECHANICS TOOL AWARDS: THE SK® FLEXZONE™ DEEP IMPACT SOCKET NAMED BEST IN AMERICA Since 1902, Popular Mechanics, a magazine focused on popular science and technology, has been a trusted source for automotive professionals and enthusiasts. In their annual Tool Awards, Popular Mechanics tests hundreds of new tools over a two-month period to separate the year’s most innovative from the rest of the pack. This year, Popular Mechanics has named the SK® FlexZone™ Deep Impact Socket the Best Socket of 2019. Here’s the way Rob Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics sees it, “Air wrenches punish sockets, but SK FlexZone impact sockets can take it.” The FlexZone’s hardened ends are heat treated to withstand extreme torque and impact, while its malleable middle allows the socket to bend without breaking on even the toughest jobs. It lasts up to 58% longer than previous SK® deep impact sockets and is proudly made in the USA with American steel. Look for the FlexZone’s unique center band created by our proprietary heat treat process and experience high performance built to last a lifetime.

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    FEATURED STORY: THE SK STORY

    HOW THE ICONIC BRAND IS FORGING THE FUTURE OF TOOLS This is a classic American story about the power of fresh thinking and engineering. About the pride and joy that can only be found in hard work. About new beginnings. It’s the story of SK Professional Tools. Seven years ago, the proud tool brand of choice for generations, renowned in race pits and family garages alike, was on the verge of extinction. That’s when IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a family-run, blue-collar American company, took charge of SK Professional Tools with a plan to reignite the iconic brand with fresh new tool designs, breakthrough engineering and American steel forged on American soil.

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    FEATURED STORY: SK TOOL X-FRAME RATCHETING COMBINATION WRENCH REVIEW: PAWL PATROL

    Article featured in Autoweek, May 25, 2018 We love these high-end ratcheting wrenches that can be had on a hobbyist bank account Ratcheting combination wrenches are a must-have in any pro’s toolbox, which means they’re a strong want for every home gamer. Of course, the easiest way to scratch the itch of ratcheting combination wrenches is taking a trip to your local Harbor Freight for some Pittsburgh offerings or Sears for a set of Gearwrench non-reversing on sale. Aside from the budget-friendly tools and, at the other end of the spectrum, the professional offerings from Snap-On and their ilk, there was a space in the market -- a hole that is now filled by SK. Now under the Ideal industries umbrella, SK Tool introduced its X-Frame ratcheting combination wrench to fill both the high-end hobbyist and professional user’s needs.

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    PRESS RELEASE: IDEAL TOOL GROUP TAPS FORMER APEX TOOL GROUP DIRECTOR TO LEAD SALESFORCE

    Chris Sanford Joins Iconic Tool Brands to Accelerate Market Share, Grow Distribution and Increase End User Engagement SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS – IDEAL Tool Group, with iconic American brand SK Professional Tools, plus Pratt Read and Western Forge, announced today a new Vice President of Sales, Chris Sanford. In his newly appointed role, Sanford will lead and execute initiatives to support the growth of SK’s distribution channel, including automotive, industrial and mobile trucks. He will also lead the development of retail channels for IDEAL Tool Group.

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    FEATURED STORY: SYCAMORE'S SK HAND TOOL LOOKS TO TURN MOBILE TOOL TRUCK INTO DAILY SERVICE

    Article featured in the Daily Chronicle, March 30, 2018 SYCAMORE – About a year ago, representatives of Sycamore-based SK Hand Tool, a subsidiary of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, devised a plan to make its tools more accessible to area businesses. By remodeling a 2004 International 4300 box delivery truck into a mobile tool-selling unit, SK Hand Tool started taking its gear on the road in February.

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    PRESS RELEASE: SK PROFESSIONAL TOOLS LAUNCHES NEW DOUBLE-TOOTH RATCHET SERIES

    SK PROFESSIONAL TOOLS LAUNCHES NEW DOUBLE-TOOTH RATCHET SERIES Offers Techs Ability to Double Tooth Count, Cut Arc Swing in Half with Their Current Ratchets SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS (January, 2018) – Jim Davidson, General Manager of SK Professional Tools, announced today the launch of a new American-made Double-Tooth (DT) ratchet series, which will feature classic SK body designs with the new DT mechanism technology.

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    PRESS RELEASE: SK PROFESSIONAL TOOLS COMPLETES STRONG 2017, PLANS FOR CONTINUED PRODUCT INNOVATION AND GREATER ONLINE ACCESS IN 2018

    SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS (December 18, 2017) – SK Professional Tools, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., is completing a successful 2017 with the debut of e-commerce and expansion of their mobile distribution network. These developments and achievements have management eager to jumpstart 2018 with new product innovations, extended industry partnerships and further commit to delivering quality, American-made advancements that work as hard as America’s tradesmen.

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    COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH

    THE HOOL BROTHERS TALK NHRA, RACING WITH SK AND EARNING THEIR STRIPES TAKING THE GARAGE ON THE ROAD The SK Race team doesn’t just have to worry about bringing their top alcohol funny car from race to race. They have to bring an entire garage from race to race. “It’s actually a two-story trailer,” explains Crew Chief Kevin Hool. “The cars are stored up top and below is a complete garage. We have everything except maybe some of the fancier machine shop tools.”

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    FEATURED STORY: A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MECHANIC

    HOW BILLY FAVATA’S GARAGE BRINGS MUSICIANS TOGETHER WITH GEARHEADS BUILDING A COMMUNITY It’s an unmarked, nondescript two-story garage. There are thousands just like it all over Chicago. Safe to say, none of them contain what this place does. Step inside and you’re greeted with a riot of vintage motorcycles and cars, all in various stages of rebuild. Triumphs, Harleys and Vincents. A '50 Fleetline waiting for the front end of a '81 Monte Carlo. An old Studebaker. The floor is covered in oil and grease and dust. Several torn up armchairs hold court in the middle of it all.

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    SK PROFESSIONAL TOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW, INDUSTRY-LEADING 90-TOOTH LOW PROFILE RATCHET

    Offers Techs Perfect Balance of Strength and Precision with Low 4° Arc Swing for Tight Spaces SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS (July 12, 2017) – Jim Davidson, General Manger of SK Professional Tools, announced today the launch of a new 3/8" Drive LP90™ Ratchet. The breakthrough, 90-tooth ratcheting mechanism creates a low 4-degree arc swing for greater precision to engage fasteners quickly, in addition to a low-profile head, which allows for easy access in the tightest of spaces compared to classic ratcheting heads.

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    PRESS RELEASE: SK PROFESSIONAL TOOLS

    SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS (AUGUST 23, 2016) – IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. Chairman and CEO Jim James today announced the promotion of Jim Davidson to General Manager of the company’s legendary SK Professional Tools business unit. Davidson had been running the IDEAL Innovation Center for the last six years and has extensive expertise in both manufacturing and marketing. Davidson was also instrumental in the company’s acquisition of SK in 2010. He replaces Joe Saganowich who has taken a leadership position in a sports marketing company closer to his home near Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    SK X-FRAME RATCHETING WRENCH FEATURED IN THE GARAGE JOURNAL

    In our shop, we have zero brand loyalty. Tools aren’t held on a pedestal and brands aren’t cheered for in any way, shape or form. About the only lean we have is towards American made stuff… but even then, if a paycheck is depending on it we would use a tool made in North Korea if we absolutely had too. At the end of the day, the pride in our shop comes from the cars that leave it – not the tools that enter it.

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    SK X-FRAME RATCHETING WRENCH FEATURED IN POPULAR MECHANICS

    Sure, we love power tools at Popular Mechanics. But there's something about a beautifully made hand tool that just grabs our attention. That's the case with SK's new X-frame ratcheting combination wrench, a tool demo at SEMA in 2014 that's just moving now into full production. The tool has an unbelievably tiny 1.7 degree arc swing, allowing you to loosen and tighten fasteners in tricky or cramped places.

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    SK X-FRAME RATCHETING WRENCH FEATURED IN PTEN MAGAZINE

    PTEN magazine has announced the winners of the 2015 Innovation Awards. This year, the publication received a record 117 product nominations. Evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of technicians and shop owners, the PTEN Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products introduced in the last year to the automotive aftermarket. These tools, introduced or significantly updated within the last year, are evaluated based on their ability make vehicle diagnosis and repair easier and more efficient, and make shops more productive.

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    SK X-FRAME RATCHETING WRENCH FEATURED IN PROFESSIONAL DISTRIBUTOR

    In Focus: SK Hand Tool X-Frame ratcheting wrench With the lowest arc swing in the industry (1.7 degrees), the SK X-Frame ratcheting wrench allows mechanics to work in the tightest spaces with more power and precision. The SK Hand Tool X-Frame ratcheting wrench offers 72 teeth and six dual-opposing pawls to enable the user to turn nuts in 2.1 degrees. The increased control allows technicians to work in tighter places.

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