Message from IRWIN

Professional Tradesmen:

Electricians, plumbers, welders, drywall installers, framers, masons, carpenters, auto mechanics, and more. We see them all around us, every single day. They are our nation’s REAL working hands. Whether grizzled veterans or young apprentices just learning the trade, these men and woman work in the toughest, most unforgiving conditions – often, with no break room in sight!

The job gets done in mud and muck, unbelievable heat and rain, or under a kitchen sink. The job gets done with bare hands – rough hands with swollen joints, blisters as big as Texas, grease-stained finders, and calluses. These are working hands – REAL WORKING HANDS!

Professional tradesmen are the backbone of our great nation. And to all of these men and women who use their hands to keep our country running strong, IRWIN Tools would simply like to say “THANKS.”

In fact, IRWIN has created a day just for the professional Tradesman – a day to celebrate all that they do to contribute so meaningfully to our lives in so many ways. And, it’s our hope that the entire nation will celebrate with us.

So here’s to the hands that build our country and keep it going strong. They might not be pretty, but they sure make us proud!



What can you do? The possibilities are endless!

National Tradesmen Day is Friday, September 16, 2016. Do you want to know a few ways that you can say thanks? It's really up to you, and the possibilities are truly endless. But if you're not feeling all that creative, here are a few suggestions that might get the ideas flowing:

- Visit a jobsite, and simply say "thanks" (consider taking a box of donuts!)

- Don't just think of large commercial or residential construction jobsites (although those are great too!). Remember to think about all the independent contractors who may work for themselves or for small businesses, such as plumbers, electricians, auto technicians, roofers, drywall installers, siding installers, refrigeration and HVAC technicians, maintenance and repair professionals, etc.

- Visit your local home improvement or hardware store, and say "thanks" to tradesmen as they make their material and tool purchases for the day's jobs. In some instances, you might even pay for their purchases!

- Do you know a neighbor who's having carpet or tile installed, having their kitchen remodeled, or having an electrician or plumber in their home to do some work? Stop by and tell that tradesman thanks.

- Do you have family or friends who are tradesmen? Tell them thanks!

- Stop by your neighborhood convenience store (preferably first thing in the morning). You'll recognize tradesmen in many cases by the logo on the side of the truck or van they drive. Ask them what they do for a living. Tell them it's National Tradesmen Day. Then tell them thanks, and offer to buy their morning coffee.

- See above. Try it at Burger King, McDonalds, or Taco Bell during lunchtime.

- Do you know a restaurant that's frequented by tradesmen during lunch? Stop by and offer to buy them lunch.

- Do you have a favorite automotive mechanic? Don't forget to thank him/her!

- Do you have a spouse or friend who works somewhere that might have tradesmen on staff? Visit them and say thanks.

- Do you have kids in school? If so, there's certainly maintenance staff on site!

- Look for tradesmen at your local grocery store, hospital, etc.

- Do you live in an apartment that has a maintenance person? Don't forget to thank him/her!

- Your idea here!