Slideshow: A look inside an American manufacturing plant


Outside the plant, Channellock’s iconic shade of blue announces the company’s presence in town.


Here’s where the magic happens: A worker forges raw steel into recognizable pieces, destined to become pliers.


These pieces are awaiting additional restriking, polishing and heat-sealing.


“It’s hard to teach someone to be a good CNC machinist if you don’t have good hand skills,” said VP manufacturing and engineering Jon DeArment.


Before the steel components become Channellock pliers, they undergo an extensive polishing and refining procedure.


A set of pliers is out to dry after being coated in Channellock’s trademark blue Comfort Grip.

Meadville, Pennsylvania, mainstay Channellock Inc. invited a group of reporters into its manufacturing plant, where American manufacturing is alive and quite well.

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