Posted June 4, 2019

Channellock to participate in SkillsUSA conference in Louisville

June 24-28 event supports future skilled trade workers where career and technical education students compete in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Channellock, Inc., will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28. NLSC is the preeminent showcase of the future skilled trade workforce where career and technical education students compete in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

“As a company built by skilled workers, we are passionate about career and technical education,” said Ryan DeArment, vice president of sales and marketing at Channellock, Inc. "To close the skills gap, we need to invest in students to inspire the future of skilled labor in America. We are excited to see what these students can do.”

Channellock exhibits in SkillsUSA TECHSPO As part of the NLSC events, Channellock, Inc., will exhibit during the SkillsUSA TECHSPO, the largest trade show for technical education in the nation. Channellock, Inc., will host games and giveaways for students to interact with Channellock tools at the booth.

“NLSC is all about hands-on experience,” said DeArment. “We want to give students a chance to do the same with our tools on the trade show floor and give them the full Channellock experience. We will also debut our latest innovation, the SpeedGrip line of fast action tongue & groove pliers. We’ve found that the younger generations of American tradesmen are interested in the push-button style pliers and we are excited to show SkillsUSA students what Channellock has to offer.”

Channellock “Owns” an Inning: Champions Night at Louisville Bats Game

Channellock, Inc., will also "own an inning" at the Louisville Bats Game, a local minor league baseball team, on June 26 at 7 p.m. As sponsor of the 1st inning, Channellock, Inc., has invited a Veteran from Homes For Our Troops to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Homes For Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Channellock, Inc., is a committed partner of Homes For Our Troops.

Marine Staff Sergeant Bradley Lang from Stella, N.C., and former SkillsUSA contestant will do the honors on behalf of Channellock, Inc. and SkillsUSA. SSgt Lang was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2011. His wife Alyssa and sons, David and Abraham, will be in attendance at the game.

Channellock Announces Winner of Trade School Trade-Up

Channellock, Inc., will also announce the winner of the Channellock Trade School Trade-Up. This competition, presented by Channellock, Inc., gives trade schools across America the chance to win a free supply of Channellock tools, a $5,000 cash prize and a classroom makeover.

“The NLSC is a great place for us to announce our winner of the 2019 Trade School Trade-Up competition,” said Jon DeArment, president and chief operating officer at Channellock, Inc. “This competition is all about improving the facilities and tools that students have access to during their trade school education. There’s no better place to celebrate the winner of this competition than at a SkillsUSA event.”

About Channellock, Inc.

Channellock, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools, including iconic, American-made Channellock Tongue & Groove Pliers, 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.

For more information on Channellock products, the company’s rich history, sales contacts and current news, visit To stay connected with Channellock, Inc., like us on Facebook or follow Channellock on Twitter and Instagram.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of middle school, high school, and college students working together with educators and industry partners to close the skilled trade workforce gap. We empower our members through our SkillsUSA Career Essentials Curricula and Credential, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills based on our education and industry driven SkillsUSA Framework which builds personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Local, State and National championships covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations are designed and judged by industry to set relevant standards for career and technical education. Together, we are building America’s skilled trade workforce. For more information:

About Homes For Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives.

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. For more information on Homes For Our Troops, visit