American electricians’ tools company Klein Tools held its Australian launch yesterday, partnering with third-generation family company Mumme Tools.
Klein, established in 1857, donated $125,000 to both the Australian Industry Group and Master Electricians Australia, aiming to promote their equipment to apprentices.
“The Australian Industry Group do a lot of great training for apprentices throughout the country,” Greg Palese, VP for marketing at Klein told Manufacturers’ Monthly.
“And we’ll help donate tools to those apprentices, so when they’re learning their craft they’ll use the highest quality tools.”
Klein, the market leader in the United States, estimates the Australian market for electrical services to be worth $19 billion. Klein’s tools are manufactured in the United States and will be distributed through Lonsdale, South Australia-based Mumme.
Mumme, founded in 1936, sells into industries including mining, heavy industry, manufacturing and trades.
Palese pointed out that his company and Mumme were both family-owned, with compatibility in culture and attitudes due to this.
“The biggest thing we say is Klein isn’t just the name of our company, but it’s also our family name,” he said.
“David Klein, who’s walking around here, is a sixth-generation family member. And Kleins run the company.”
Adam Mumme, managing director at his family’s business, also highlighted the similarities between the two companies.
“Klein Tool’s commitment to quality manufacturing and service is consistent with our business philosophy to produce and distribute premium tools while providing excellent customer support,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing to expand Mumme Tools’ product line, increasing sales opportunities and providing our customers with a larger selection of premium hand tools.”
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