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Malco 'Eagle Grip' Pliers To Be Released April 19th

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Many of us who used the original Petersen 'Vise-Grip' brand of pliers were genuinely, sad to see them sold-out to Irwin, and moved-to China.  Malco Tools bought the original factory in Dewitt, Nebraska and hired many of the old-hands back, to re-introduce this classic tool.  Now called the 'Eagle Grip' pliers.  The Irwin's are junk compared to these new-versions.  There's nothing quite-like a 'classic'.   I was on their email, and survey list. 

 

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On Monday April 19th we will be introducing the Eagle Grip Locking Pliers! We're proud to say these are the strongest locking pliers* ever made. They're produced from American-made steel and built to conquer the toughest projects. As an American manufacturer, Malco has always been committed to quality, and our Eagle Grip Locking Pliers will be no different! We cannot wait for you to get your hands on the finished product.
 
*Verified by 3rd party testing of the LP10WC (curved jaw locking pliers with wire cutter) vs. leading traditional locking plier

 

 

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Keeping Jobs in America with Eagle Grip®
 
Although manufacturing is critically important to our national economy, several companies throughout the years have completely outsourced their operations overseas to save on product and labor costs, despite the repercussions. Malco thinks differently. For decades, Malco has been manufacturing quality tools of the trade at our Annandale, MN headquarters. As an employee-owned Specific Benefit Corporation (SBC), we value strengthening our communities and economy by keeping jobs in America. When an opportunity arose to expand our manufacturing operations for Eagle Grip locking tools in the heartland of Nebraska, we knew that it was meant to be.
 
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Expanding Operations to DeWitt to Keep Jobs in America
 
In 2017, Malco purchased the former Vise-Grip® factory in DeWitt, Nebraska, with assistance from the Village of DeWitt Board of Trustees and the state of Nebraska. In 2018, we celebrated the grand opening of our new production facility. It has been over 10 years since the Vise-Grip factory in DeWitt was closed and operations were moved to China, so Malco is proud to be the company that brought back tool manufacturing jobs to the Village of DeWitt, Nebraska. “We are acting our values, providing good jobs for American workers, and supporting tool manufacturing in the United States,” said Malco Director of Sales and Marketing Eric Peterson.
 
“The iconic Vise-Grip was created in DeWitt nearly 95 years ago in 1924, meaning the closure of the plant in 2008 was so much more than a loss of jobs for this community,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “Opening this plant brings great opportunities back to DeWitt and helps build on the community’s legacy of building things and making things.”
 
To gain some perspective on how the decision to close down the plant affected the community, let’s highlight some insights from former Vise-Grip employees and local residents. “My grandparents worked here. My mother and father worked here. My aunt and uncle worked here. My kids worked here. My wife worked here. We all lived in the same block, on the same corner. We all worked at the factory,” noted Randy Badman, a former 36-year Vise-Grip employee. When asked about how he felt when he was let go, Randy said, “You go through all the emotions: anger, depressed (what did I do wrong), and self-doubt.”
 
“It was pretty hectic. We were all still trying to get product out the door that they wanted. Everybody was working overtime. We really busted it to get it all done. I think we were all hoping that they would change their minds, but they didn’t,” said Dave Harms, a former 29-year Vise-Grip employee and the current Malco process specialist.
 
Nancy McDougall, a former 21-year Vise-Grip employee, noted, “The last days working at Vise-Grip was almost like going to a funeral. Every day, people were literally crying and hugging. You didn’t want to say goodbye to anyone because they’re like your family.”
 
Everything changed when Malco decided to expand operations to DeWitt. The cozy, small-town community was now beaming with optimism. Malco Plant Manager Lucas Runke said, “There is new energy and hope in the DeWitt community by having Malco supporting the local business and bringing more jobs into the town.”
 
“I was like an overjoyed little kid to hear that there was a company that was family-oriented that wanted to come to our town,” noted Nancy McDougall.
 
Meryl Zimmerman, a lifelong DeWitt resident, stated, “We’re so happy to have another company coming in. I think it’s going to be the best thing that’s happened to DeWitt in ages.”
 
View the entire DeWitt story video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XktTQjbDG0c&feature=youtu.be
 
We are pleased to announce that many of the current employees of the Eagle Grip facility are former employees of the Vise-Grip plant. They bring valuable skills and experience uniquely suited to our industry and product offerings. Now and moving forward, keeping jobs in America is one of our top priorities. Since we began operations, we’ve been working diligently to ensure that we provide trade professionals with the highest quality and strongest locking tools on the market. In 2021, we will be releasing the entire Eagle Grip line of locking pliers, seamers, and clamps for our customers. Stay tuned for updates on the official product launches!
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I wish all the best for Eagle Claw employees. 

Since the vice grips almost last forever, it would be a good time to buy a set of Eagle Claws for young people getting out on their own.  I made tool kits up for both of my kids, and bought tools for the SIL's, and Eagle Claws are a must have. 

 

Three cheers for Malto !

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That's awesome. I have a good collection of Vise-Grip pliers in my toolbox. Even some old enough to have been made by Peterson.

 

When I was a kid helping my dad in his big truck shop when he said "Get me some vise-grips" I knew exactly which pair he wanted out of the dozen or so in the tool box. If I brought anything else I knew about it real-quick. He was also quick to share his negative opinion of any locking plier that was not Vise-Grip brand. "That's junk" And he was right.

 

There's a part of me that misses being that 8 or 9 year old boy helping dad. What I would pay to go back.

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6 minutes ago, Retcop said:

I wish all the best for Eagle Claw employees. 

Since the vice grips almost last forever, it would be a good time to buy a set of Eagle Claws for young people getting out on their own.  I made tool kits up for both of my kids, and bought tools for the SIL's, and Eagle Claws are a must have. 

 

Three cheers for Malto !

 

I have a drawer full of the various styles, sizes and kinds of V-G pliers. All in good working order. Many are 40+ years old. Some have been horribly abused in the effort to Git-R-Dun. One pair even managed to get it's self welded to a mount on an old International COE truck's fuel tank mount in the process of an expedient fix so the rig could work the next morning. All but one pair in this drawer are genuine Peterson V-G. I have other pairs that live in my truck as well as my "hack room" etc.

 

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I may go buy a new Malco set in support of this awesome effort to revive the finest tool of it's kind in existence.

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The original vise-grip was an indispensable part of the tool-box, along with the 'crescent wrench', and 'channellock'.  I gave my son-in-law a few pairs of the original vise-grips, because he needed some tools.  When I went to replace them, the company was sold to Irwin, and moved offshore.  So, I got stuck with a few pair of the Chinese ones.  Now, I'm going to buy some new Malco's. :scotto: 

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On 4/10/2021 at 1:52 PM, Zephyr One/Zero said:

The original vise-grip was an indispensable part of the tool-box, along with the 'crescent wrench', and 'channellock'.  I gave my son-in-law a few pairs of the original vise-grips, because he needed some tools.  When I went to replace them, the company was sold to Irwin, and moved offshore.  So, I got stuck with a few pair of the Chinese ones.  Now, I'm going to buy some new Malco's. :scotto: 

 

Myself included  ,as I want some Good Quality grips  ,I've either not beat on with a mallet or welded too the table :thumb:

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I had some originals that I gave to my son then my son in-law, ending with me getting stuck with the noes that pop open, which I threw away. I really could use a good set on the farm, a true 100 and 1 use tool when you are working in the field, away from the shop building. :thumb:

Funny thing is stuff rarely breaks where it is convenient, on a farm.

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I need a couple of pairs of the needle nose, so now it the time to help them get a good start

 

Z-Man, I really appreciate your letting me know about Malco Tools, USA, & Eagle Claw. Otherwise, I never would have known.   

Great job !       :thumb:

 

John

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I ordered a 7" pair of Malco "Eagles" from Amazon yesterday.  When they arrive, I'll do some pics, and a cursory review.

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I ordered a 10" pair of straight jaws. That's about the only "Vise Grip" I'm missing from my set.

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My first consignment of Malco Eagle Grips landed today.  My initial impression is:  wow!!  These pliers are top-drawer, all-the-way.  The fit-and-finish is impeccable.  Just hefting-these; the quality is apparent.  As good as, the 'original' vise-grips were, these are even better finish-wise.  Every detail has been attended to, from the rivets, to the knurling on the adjustment knob:  now oversized, and hardened.  Here are the pics I promised, you be the judge.  I have a 10" pair enroute with straight-jaws.  In my opinion, you will not find a better-made American tool.  The eagle has landed!  Three cheers for Malco!!! 

 

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My 10" straight jaw set will be here tomorrow.

 

I was hoping to be the first kid on the block with these! :segrin:

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I jumped on mine, as soon as they came-up in an Amazon search.  The curved-jaw 10" pattern, was already blown-out!  So, as I stated earlier I grabbed a straight-jawed version.  I knew these would be a hot-seller, for all the tradesman, mechanics, and service people out there.  That 'Made In U.S.A.' has a nice ring to it.  These will most-likely become new "American Classics" FW.  

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5 minutes ago, Zephyr One/Zero said:

I jumped on mine, as soon as they came-up in an Amazon search.  The curved-jaw 10" pattern, was already blown-out!  So, as I stated earlier I grabbed a straight-jawed version.  I knew these would be a hot-seller, for all the tradesman, mechanics, and service people out there.  That 'Made In U.S.A.' has a nice ring to it.  These will most-likely become new "American Classics" FW.  

 

I'm glad to see this take off. There are hopefully enough skilled mechanics etc left who know and love good tools to make the Eagle-Grip a runaway success. My father taught me about good tools at an early age. I am forever grateful for that and many other life lessons.

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Yep, that's what my Dad taught me.  Buy a good tool once, and it'll last you a lifetime.  Keep your toolbox locked, and don't loan them out. :cool:  Everybody wants to use good tools, but nobody ever wants to buy, or take care of someone else's.  Seems like they always have plenty of money for the bar, and everything else.  Go figure. :laugh:

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