Tipped off by a Garage Journal post, I was surprised to learn that Malco has reopened the former Vise-Grips factory in DeWitt, Nebraska.
Looking into things, it turns out that Malco purchased the plant nearly 2 years ago. Now ready, Malco has officially announced that tool manufacturing will return to the plant, with the grand opening taking place last Friday.
Malco specializes in HVAC tools, tools for working on sheet metal, fencing, decks, roofs, rails, and autobody repair and refinishing, and they make other pro-grade tools of similar nature.
According to another source, Malco will soon begin producing new Eagle Grip locking pliers, which are expected to enter the market in 2019. Another source (KTIC Radio) has some photos, showing a sampling of the new Malco Eagle Grip locking pliers line, including curved jaw pliers, c-clamps, and sheet metal seamers.
Here’s a KRVN Rural Radio interview with an Eagle Grip product specialist.