SK Tools’ new website has been under construction for several months, and they’ve finally lifted the curtain.
As you might be aware, Ideal Industries sold the SK Hand Tool brand to Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial, joining tool brands such as Goldblatt, Arrow, Pony, Jorgensen, WorkPro, and Shop-Vac.
SK finally revealed their website updates recently, but there’s a catch – everything is sold out.
Every wrench, socket, ratchet, screwdriver, and accessory – sold out.
SK says that global supply chain issues have stalled production and all inventory is temporarily out of stock.
The SK Tools legacy goes forward. Once supplies are sufficiently restocked in our local Williamsport, Pennsylvania facility, you’ll be able to purchase the rough and rugged SK Tools you know and deserve.
Their new “about us” page says:
We have relocated our manufacturing and distribution from Sycamore, IL to Williamsport, PA USA in November 2021. This move allows us to leverage the facilities and technical capabilities of Shop-Vac who also shares our pride of quality, precision, innovation, service, and country.
It is unclear as to whether some, many, or all SK tools will now be produced at the Shop-Vac facility.
Back in October, 2021, I asked Greatstar where SK Tools will be sold. This is what they said:
Looking forward, we plan to leverage our international retail and distributor partner relationships to solidify and grow SK Tools’ existing retail footprint, and expand into new stores and channels. At this point, it’s too soon to share a list of new retailers or suppliers that will carry SK Tools because we don’t have all our distribution agreements finalized, but customers can expect to have an easier time finding and purchasing SK Tools.
Seeing as SK doesn’t have any tool inventory to sell right now, it’s not surprising there haven’t been any updates regarding their retail or dealer network.
It’s also possible SK will continue to focus on the direct-to-consumer sales model that Ideal used for the brand. But, if that was working well, would Ideal have sold SK to Greatstar, which seems to have developed a habit for acquiring bankrupt tool brands?
There’s no publicized timetable as to when SK will be up and running again.
I would also say that circumstances suggest SK is not simply out of materials due to supply chain issues. It seems highly likely that Shop-Vac’s facility required – or still requires – extensive upgrades or modifications to support hand tool production.
But, as SK says, their gears are still turning. Their social media accounts have not been updated in approximately 5 months, but the updated website/direct store could be considered a step forward.