Klein Tools founder enshrined in hall of fame
Mathias Klein, founder of Klein Tools, Inc. , Lincolnshire, IL, is to be enshrined as one of the inaugural inductees of the International Lineman’s Hall of Fame. A blacksmith, Klein forged the first-known U.S.-made pliers in Chicago in 1857. He joins Thomas Edison and other industry contributors as members of the hall’s inaugural class.
“It is an honor that my great-great-grandfather’s legacy will forever be recognized by the International Lineman’s Hall of Fame. He would be proud that Klein Tools has diligently continued his work in providing quality hand tools for linemen,” said Mathias A. Klein III, chairman of Klein Tools.
The International Lineman’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals who have contributed to the safety and existence of the electrical industry. Inductees are immortalized in the International Linemen’s Museum and Hall of Fame Memorial Garden in Shelby, NC.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.