Posted April 11, 2019

CHANNELLOCK announces second annual Trade School Trade-Up competition 

Video contest features a top prize of $5,000 cash, tools and a classroom makeover. 

Channellock, Inc., will sponsor its second annual Trade School Trade-Up competition offering cash prizes, new tools and a CHANNELLOCK classroom makeover for the winners. Students in plumbing, HVAC, welding, automotive and electrical are eligible to participate by creating a short video about how their team uses its technical skills to improve their school or community.

“We believe in the importance of skilled labor in America,” said Jon DeArment, president and chief operations officer of Channellock, Inc. “We hope this competition provides students an opportunity to showcase the value of an education in skilled trades. The skills gap is real, and we need passionate, hardworking people of our younger generations to fill that gap.”

Channellock, Inc., is dedicated to closing the national skills gap by equipping the future tradesmen and women of America with tools for success. Awards will go to first, second and third place winners. Here’s how it works:

2019 Trade School Trade-Up Prompt

Make a short video of your team using its technical skills to improve your school or community.


Organize a team of classmates and develop a short video following the prompt. Learn more at


  • April 1: Submissions open
  • May 15: Submission due date
  • May 15-17: Owners of Channellock, Inc., the DeArment family, will select top three submissions 8 AM May 22- 11:59 PM May 24: Social media voting
  • May 27: Winners announced


  • 1st Place: $5,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK tools for team members and classroom, a classroom makeover with CHANNELLOCK BLUE wall paint and fatheads
  • 2nd Place: $2,500 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK tools for team members and classroom
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK tools for team members and classroom

Channellock, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools, including the iconic, American-made CHANNELLOCK Tongue-and-Groove plier, which can be found in quality retailers around the world. Founded by George B. DeArment in 1886, the Meadville, Pennsylvania-based company is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and operation.

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