Channellock, Inc. recently was named the Official 2023 Sponsor of SkillsUSA TECHSPO Trade Show, the largest gathering of America’s future skilled workforce, held June 20–22 in Atlanta. Channellock’s TECHSPO sponsorship and donation of CHANNELLOCK® tools are part of its continued effort to develop a skilled domestic workforce and close the national skills gap.

“We are excited to once again sponsor the SkillsUSA TECHSPO Trade Show as part of our ongoing efforts to encourage young people to take an interest in the skilled trades,” said Ryan DeArment, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Channellock, in a press release before the trade show. “SkillsUSA’s mission to provide career and technical-based education opportunities is directly aligned with our company’s goal of encouraging workforce development and closing our nation’s skills gap.”

During TECHSPO, participants had the opportunity to engage directly with leaders in industry and edu- cation, as well as compete in various trade, technical and leadership fields.

“Our participation with SkillsUSA is part of a greater effort to encourage interest in the trades at a young age and give young people the information and resources they need to excel at their chosen career,” said DeArment. “Initiatives like Trade School Trade-Up and Trades 101 are other ways we support the trades by helping prospective students find trade schools and improving existing trade school programs.”

Learn more about Channellock’s commitment to the trades, including their Trade School Trade-Up and Trades 101 initiatives, as well as their partnership with SkillsUSA, by visiting the company’s Trades 101 page on

Channellock, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools, including its iconic, American-made CHANNELLOCK® Tongue & Groove Pliers. Founded by George B. DeArment in 1886, the Meadville- based company is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and operation.

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