Posted June 14, 2019

Channellock announces expansion plans

Channellock Inc. announced a 35,000 square foot expansion plan for its finished goods warehouse and distribution facilities.

Channellock logoThe project will bring the company’s total presence in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to more than 260,000 square feet of production and distribution space. The new space and equipment will allow the company to address its increasing product demand.

“We remain committed to making our pliers here in Meadville and firmly believe Made the USA products stand for quality, tradition and reliability,” said Jon DeArment, president and chief operating officer at Channellock. "This expansion will allow us to increase our production capacity to better serve our customers by getting them the tools they need. As we bring the new equipment online, including our largest forging hammer yet, it’s clear that the increased capacity will help better position Channellock to support the recent growth and increased demand for American-made hand tools.”

The company timed the announcement to coincide with the launch of its new SpeedGrip pliers.

“The expansion is allowing us to add a brand new product — SpeedGrip pliers — to our family of more than 130 different sizes and types of pliers and hand tools,” DeArment added. “These all new American-made tongue & groove pliers include a fast-adjusting feature and patent-pending crosshatch teeth.”

The family owned company is also celebrating CEO and board chairman Bill DeArment’s 50th anniversary with the company. A June block party for all employees will be held at the plant.

“Our vision is to continue to grow as a family owned business,” Jon DeArment said. “Expanding our Channellock manufacturing capabilities highlights our commitment to fueling that vision.”

Founded by George B. DeArment in 1886, the Meadville, Pennsylvania-based company is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and operation.