IRWIN Tools associates and their retail partners plan to thank tradesmen across the country on National Tradesmen Day, which is on Friday, September 20, 2013. IRWIN will conduct events and give many tradesmen free products and other gifts from IRWIN as a token of appreciation. One such event will take place at in the Freedom Tower in New York City. IRWIN employees will greet and thank the tradesmen who built the newest addition to New York City’s skyline. Other appreciation events will take place that day at hundreds of job sites countrywide, including in Chicago, IL and Charlotte, NC.

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It is time to reinvigorate the trades. The number of skilled tradesmen have declined, especially during the past four years. Beyond the messages of “thanks,” IRWIN wants people to consider careers in the skilled trades. Young people, especially, have noticed that manual labor is devalued in our culture and because of that stigma, in part, they no longer consider a career in the trades. Without an adequate supply of tradesmen, who will meet this growing demand and fuel the housing recovery and our longer term housing needs? IRWIN Tools is leading the campaign to change attitudes about the skilled trades so we can build America and keep it running strong.

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