Posted March 5, 2024

#1 in Press Tools: RIDGID Celebrates 25 Years as Industry Leader in North America 

The most recognizable and trusted brand for press tools, RIDGID offers a full line of press solutions. 

RIDGID®, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, is celebrating 25 years as the industry leader in pressing this year. The brand first introduced press technology to North America in 1999 and has continued to help professional tradespeople utilize the platform to drive jobsite efficiencies.

This commitment has led RIDGID to become the most recognizable name in pressing, with a product portfolio of innovative solutions that help tradesmen and women achieve fast, secure, and flame-free connections. 

“RIDGID is proud to be the number one pressing platform in North America, an achievement that is the result of years of dedication to delivering more productivity on the jobsite,” said Michael Provenzano, marketing director, press connections, RIDGID for Emerson.

"Since 1999, our team has continued to look for ways skill and innovation can intersect to bring new press tools to market that save time and money by delivering reliable performance press after press.” 

RIDGID press tools have long been recognized for delivering unprecedented versatility on residential, commercial and industrial installations and for making quick and reliable connections on copper, carbon steel, stainless steel and PEX tubing. Their no mess, flameless operation provides secure connections in less than five seconds – wet or dry – making them ideal for a variety of applications.

Recently, the brand launched the RP 115 Mini Press Tool, the smallest, lightest hydraulic press tool on the market, allowing more tradespeople than ever to take advantage of pressing technology. Other innovations that have left an impact on the North American market over the years have included: 

  • The first lithium-ion battery for press tools 
  • The first press tool accessories for cutting strut and soil pipe 
  • The first tools for pressing iron pipe 
  • The first swivel rings for access to tight spaces 

Every generation of RIDGID press tools works harder and smarter than the last. The RP 350 and 351’s ergonomic design and 360-degree swivel let users press in tight spaces with ultimate accessibility, while their brushless motor is capable of over 100,000 cycles for less downtime with zero scheduled motor maintenance. The RP 350 is also currently the only press tool on the market that offers compatibility with all RIDGID Standard Series jaws, rings, actuators, and attachments. The RP 240 and 241’s compact profiles let users 

work in difficult jobsite conditions with ease and all current models are equipped with Bluetooth® compatibility, so the tools can interface with RIDGID Link®, an app that shares valuable insights about the tool. 

RIDGID tools are tested under the harshest conditions to ensure that each tool will work properly in any environment. RIDGID designers, engineers and testers work closely to deliver durable products that offer quality in every press. Rigorous lab testing ensures that every RIDGID press tool is ready for even the toughest of jobs. 

To learn more about the complete line of RIDGID press tools, visit

Emerson’s professional tools business, which includes RIDGID as well as the Greenlee® and Klauke® brands, provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trades globally. Visit for more information. 

Greenlee®, RIDGID® and Klauke® are trademarks of Emerson or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks belong to their respective holders. 

About Emerson 

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. A leader in industrial automation, Emerson helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers optimize operations, protect personnel, reduce emissions and achieve their sustainability goals through its Automation Solutions and AspenTech businesses. For more information, visit