We’ve been told that Channellock is relaunching their Code Blue line of pliers, and that the handle grips have been redesigned and are now being manufactured in the USA. Channellock pliers and cutters are already made in the USA, as are their iconic blue dipped handle coatings. The Code Blue grips, however, were previously sourced from overseas.
The new grips are said to offer a more secure hold, as well as greater durability and comfort. Manufacturing of the new grip design will be handled by a partner company, Evolution Molding Solutions, that is also located in Meadville, PA.
In addition to reshoring Code Blue grip manufacturing, Channellock reportedly plans to significantly expand the Code Blue line in 2013.
Obviously there are economic considerations behind something like this. Channellock reps describe how it will enhance the quality control process, allow for more control over quality and order fulfillment, and reduce production and shipping times. Beyond that, there’s definitely added marketing power now that the Code Blue pliers line is now 100% USA-made.
To be honest, I wasn’t aware that the Code Blue pliers weren’t 100% USA-made. I know the screwdrivers and nutdrivers were made overseas, but didn’t know all Code Blue handle grips were imported as well. It’s good to hear that Channellock is making an effort to continue their USA-made tradition. Plus, we’re happy to hear that the grip designs have been improved.