Executives of Irwin Tools and assorted tradesmen collectively rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, promoting National Tradesmen Day, which is slated for Sept. 16.
“Tradesmen aren’t typically the focus of the Stock Exchange, yet they are a vital part of our lives every day," said Ross Porter, president of Irwin Tools. "That’s why we invited several tradesmen to be a part of the notable tradition that opens the U.S. trading markets. If we don't have a strong work force, America can’t function and thrive as it has for the last 200-plus years. We applaud what these skilled men and women contribute, often without the thanks that they deserve.”
Irwin is a division of Newell Rubbermaid, shares of which were trading on the NYSE at just under $14.
Among the honored tradesmen at today’s ceremony was Delwyn Thornton of Brandon, Miss., the North American Champion of the 2010 Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge. In ringing the opening bell, Delwyn stood shoulder-to-shoulder with tradesmen from across the nation, as well as leaders of Irwin Tools.
The inaugural National Tradesmen Day will celebrate the role of tradesmen in events across the country, with cookouts at local job sites and recognition at retail locations and schools, according to Irwin.