News from the Tool Shows: Matco Tools 2012 Tool Expo
Matco Tools hosted a record number of distributor attendees at its Tool Expo at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in February. Tim Gilmore, Matco’s new president, a former distributor himself, remembered back to when the tool shows were regional and was proud of how far the company has come since its first national meeting in
News from the Tool Shows: Mac Tools 2012 Tool Fair
“It’s a new day at Mac Tools,” said Brett Shaw, Mac Tools’ president, enthusiastically, at the 2012 Tool Fair at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. He proudly announced that, with the DeWalt brand, the company has taken market share from its competitors, citing DeWalt’s technical and engineering resources as being extremely helpful to the
Editor’s Notes: Leveraging the Web to Generate New Business for Your Shop
A shop’s website is an important tool you really should not be without. It could very well be the first impression a new/potential customer has of your shop.
Announcing the Winning Companies of TechShop’s Top 5 Tools Award
TechShop once again brings you the winners of our Top 5 Tools award. This award is voted on by the people who use the tools and equipment every day – you, our readers. Throughout the year, you submit to us what tools and pieces of equipment help you do your job more efficiently and productively. At the end of the year, we tally these submissions and award the companies that are mentioned most with our Top 5 Tool award. This is truly an award judged by our readers.
Editor’s Notes: T&E Market Optimism Reflected at AAPEX
There are many reasons to be optimistic about the aftermarket, and especially the Tool & Equipment segment. Our $9.6 billion industry is growing at a rate of 4.3%, with the number of vehicles in operation 240 million creating a steady demand for service work. According to Babcox Media and AAIA research, 97% of
Editor’s Notes: The Million-Dollar Question – Who is Responsible?
I love magazines. I swear it’s a bit of an obsession. Family members, co-workers and I share them and pass them around. I just ordered a few new subscriptions that I really don’t need from my niece’s school magazine drive. But it’s for a good cause, right?
Tool and Equipment Distributors Associates Host 2011 Vendor Meeting
The 17th annual TEDA (Tool and Equipment Distributors Associates) Vendor Advisory Meeting, held June 6-9 at The Hotel at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD, provided vendors a great opportunity to meet with distributors one-on-one inside and outside (on the golf course). This year, according to TEDA President Glen Pratt, the event offered
Editor’s Notes: Invest in Your Tools, Invest in Your Future
The TechShop team has returned again from the Integrated Supply Network (ISN) annual trade show in Orlando, FL, with loads of new tool information to share. ISN is a supplier to wholesale distributors, mobile distributors and resellers, based out of Lakeland, FL. While ISN doesn’t sell directly to you the end-user, the show is for
ETI’s ToolTech 2011 Explores the Shop of Tomorrow
The TechShop team recently traveled to Miami Beach, FL, to attend the Equipment and Tool Institute’s ToolTech conference at The Gansevoort Hotel May 3-5. More than 110 industry professionals representing 55 companies were in attendance. ToolTech gave attendees a chance to learn about changing industry trends and standards and how they’ll affect the Shop of
New Tool Line Ratchets Up the Competition
I recently had the honor of attending the Kobalt Tools new tool launch in Charlotte, NC, courtesy of Lowe’s. I was on-hand to represent Babcox Media and to be among the first to try out some of the company’s new Kobalt tools. But long before the media arrived, a much more famous group worked
Editor’s Notes: A World-Class Tour of Tools
The TechShop team recently returned from the Mac Tools, Matco Tools and Cornwell Quality Tools tradeshows.
Hungry for Tools? Tell Us Your Top 5 Favorites
Send in your list of your five favorite tools and equipment that help you most in the shop, and you could be chosen to win a $25 restaurant gift card. From scan tools to flashlights, impact wrenches to on-car brake lathes or computer systems – tell us your Top 5 Tools, complete with descriptions on why the tools are your favorites, and your photo.