IRWIN Tools Kicks Off "Nominate A Tradesman" Contest

Competition awards one grand prize winner with a 2016 Ford F-150 Truck and six monthly winners with up to $200 in IRWIN Tools

Jan 21, 2016, 12:17 ET from IRWIN Tools

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IRWIN Tools, founder of the annual National Tradesmen Day, has expanded efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for trade professionals by launching the 2016 IRWIN Tools Nominate a Tradesman Contest. Community members throughout North America are invited to nominate themselves, or a tradesperson in their community for the chance to win a new Ford® F-150 truck and one of six monthly prizes worth up to $200 in IRWIN Tools.

"We first launched this contest in 2015 and love that it gives communities an opportunity to join us in celebrating the trade professionals who make a positive difference in each of our lives," said Nick Mastrone, Vice President of Marketing. "IRWIN Tools has always looked for different ways to honor the men and women who play a critical role in building and maintaining our country's infrastructure, beginning with National Tradesmen Day five years ago and now with our nationwide Nominate a Tradesman contest. We look forward to reading the submissions and continuing to celebrate all that trade professionals do to contribute so meaningfully to our lives."

Each month, one nominated tradesperson will be selected to win an IRWIN tool bag with up to $200 in tools, including VISE-GRIP® GrooveLock Pliers, a ProTouch™ Retractable Utility Knife, SPEEDBOR® Max Speed Bits, VISE-GRIP Fast Release™ Locking Pliers, a Universal Handsaw, QUICK-GRIP® Mini One-Handed Bar Clamps and MARATHON® with WeldTec™ circular saw blades. One grand prize winner will receive a 2016 Ford® F-150® 4x4 SuperCrew® Cab Pickup truck*, new IRWIN tools and an expense paid trip for two to attend the IRWIN Nominate a Tradesman crowning ceremony at the IRWIN Tools North American Headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, on September 15, 2016.

Nominations must include an essay of up to 500 words stating why the entrant believes they or a tradesperson they know has made a difference in their community. The competition runs through June 30, 2016 with a limit of one nomination per entrant. To nominate a tradesman or tradeswoman in your community and to read the official rules, visit

The competition is open to residents 18 years and older in the United States, excluding Hawaii and Alaska, and residents over the age of majority in Canada, and is subject to all official rules.

About National Tradesman Day 
National Tradesmen Day, founded by IRWIN Tools in 2011, occurs annually on the third Friday in September to give thanks to professional tradespeople. These men and women use their hands to build our communities and keep the world running strong when the things we depend on break down. For more information and to learn how you can thank a trade professional, visit or

About IRWIN Tools 
IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Rubbermaid's global portfolio of leading brands. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit IRWIN invites the nation to celebrate National Tradesmen Day, on Sept. 16, 2016.

*FORD, F-150 and SUPERCREW and the trademarks of Ford Motor Company.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Ford Motor Company.

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