I was browsing Channellock’s website the other day and was quite pleasantly surprised by what I found. As you can see from the above screen capture, Channellock is openly disclosing that their screwdrivers and nutdrivers are made overseas. That open disclosure (not the fact that the drivers are imported) should be praised.
You may be wondering why this is significant. Well, have you ever emailed a company asking about where a certain product is manufactured? In my experience, only about 50% of such inquiries are ever answered. Some companies, such as Channellock, respond to COO (country-of-origin) inquiries completely and promptly while others provide delayed vague responses or choose to ignore such questions entirely.
This open disclosure conveys that Channellock is proud of and stands by their products regardless of where they are made. Other tool manufacturers should follow their example and put an end to the subterfuge. COO disclosure is especially important these days since many companies are slowly and subtley moving their factories overseas.
Note: Channellock’s core product lineup is still made in the USA; only their screwdrivers and nutdrivers are produced overseas.