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Malco’s HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year Contest

The Hollywood awards season officially comes to a close on Sunday night, March 4, when the Academy Awards will be handed out for the 90th time. While we might not have the same red-carpet coverage as the Oscars, Malco is excited to announce our HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year contest!

Malco Tools Contest Giveaway

As most of you reading this know, Malco Products is proud to be a U.S.A. manufacturer and premier supplier of specialty hand tools and portable equipment for the HVAC industry. The core values of our employee-owned company drive the development of innovative solutions of lasting quality and unequaled performance. Our labor-saving, ergonomic tool designs also address on-the-job productivity by promoting the safety and health of dedicated hands-on trade professionals who use the Malco brand.

We know that our values are not exclusive, but are also demonstrated every day by skilled professionals like you. Malco knows there are plenty of pros out there who serve customers, family and community best by working to build a smarter, safer, long career.

Malco knows that being an HVAC professional isn’t always the most glamorous job in the world, but we also know that HVAC pros are some of the hardest working, determined and honorable people in the entire work force. (And hey, you spend a lot less time in hair and makeup than those movie stars!)

We invite you to nominate yourself, or another technician, for recognition by Malco as our 2018 HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year! Complete an application located in the links below (print or online submissions forms available). You’ll be asked to tell us about your HVAC work experience, how you work both safely and efficiently in the field and how you personally support your community.

Nominations must be submitted by June 30, 2018 and winners will be announced on September 7, 2018. Five winners will receive $1,000 each in Malco Tools! All qualifying entries will receive a Malco hat and a pair of gloves. Malco thanks you in advance for your participation in our HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year contest and wishes you all the best of luck!


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If you’ve spent any time at all doing auto body work, you’ve probably got your fair share of sanders lying around your work space. Well at Malco, we’re happy to tell you that you don’t need them anymore! We unveiled our new Conformable Sander last winter and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone who’s used it.

autobody sander

With Malco’s Conformable Sander, you can now sand precise auto body contours fast and easy—it’s the first re-usable sanding block that holds a hand-pressed contour throughout the entire sanding operation. A unique segmented block design quickly conforms to curved geometry down to an 8.5 inch (216 mm) inside block radius, to produce convex, concave or S-curve contours. An internal aluminum memory bar holds the desired contour shape in place for sanding. The segmented block can be set and re-set with reasonable hand force. The ability to easily grasp the generous contours of the sanding block itself reduces fatigue and ensures even-pressure sanding.


“What I like about this block is that it conforms to the panel and it holds its shape. It also has a great feel and your fingers don’t get sore when you’re sanding,” said one auto-repair technician. “The pressure you need on this block is very minimal—it basically floats on the material with the sand paper doing all of the work. As you’re sanding, you can still turn your block to achieve your cross hatch pattern and shorten your repair time because it contours and you’re not trying to form your contour like with a flat block.”

conformable sander

The Conformable Sander uses standard 2-3/4 inch (70 mm) wide hook and loop backed abrasive paper. A thin, ultra-flexible, paper-slide interface allows the block contour to be changed without buckling or tearing the paper.

Malco’s Conformable Sander is available in two sanding lengths—5.5 inches and 8.25 inches as defined by the slide that accepts standard paper tear-off increments. Both the engineered polymer block and slide are impervious to shop solvents and will not mar or scratch the auto body surface. Inexpensive paper-slides are a replaceable part and available in handy 3-packs.

Simple to use and easy on your hands and fingers, with easy-to-replace paper, this sander responds to the grooves and bumps as they come—making your life as an auto body technician that much easier.

For labor-saving speed, precision and ease of operation—look for the Malco Conformable Sander wherever professional body shop tools are sold or buy it online!

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We’re Proud to be Officially Named: Malco Products, SBC

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On April 24, 2014, the Minnesota legislature passed the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act, which was signed by the governor and become effective on January 1, 2015. With the enactment of this legislation, Minnesota joins about two dozen other states that offer a specific statutory option for the organization of for-profit but socially minded businesses. By electing to become a public benefit corporation, a corporation will be obligating itself to pursue general or specific public benefits among their primary objectives. Incorporating as a public benefit corporation will be one method that socially minded businesses can use to distinguish themselves from other entities.

What Is a Specific Benefit Corporation?

There are two kinds of Public Benefit Corporations; a General Benefit Corporation and a Specific Benefit Corporation. Malco is proud to be a Specific Benefit Corporation. A specific benefit corporation is a public benefit corporation that states in its articles a “specific public benefit” purpose it elects to pursue. “Specific public benefit” means one or more positive impacts, or reduction of a negative impact, on specified categories of natural persons, entities, communities, or interests, other than shareholders. This narrower obligation (than a general benefit corporation) allows the specific benefit corporation to focus its mission on one or more explicit benefits without the general societal concerns required of general benefit corporations.

Our Pledge to You

As a specific benefit corporation, Malco has pledged to keep jobs for their community in Annandale, Minnesota, and to provide as many jobs as possible for the people of their community. Malco has always been proud of its roots as a Minnesota company, and takes great satisfaction in employing so many people in Annandale and the surrounding area.

We’ve always been proud to be the nation’s leading manufacturer of “tools of the trade” for HVAC, and to continue our founder’s tradition of leadership and innovation by addressing a changing industry landscape and responding to emerging market needs for new specializations and more customized products and services. And now we’re thrilled to “officially” work to keep jobs local for our community that we are so proud to be a part of.

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Kids are out of school, temperatures are rising and pools and patios are filling up with revelry. It’s summertime and with all the fun the next couple of months bring, it’s also the busiest time of the year for HVACR, roofing, siding and gutter, and auto body repair technicians. Long days in hot conditions are when a lot of us earn our stripes. Having trust and confidence in your hand tools of the trade is a mindset that helps technicians all over the world thrive in the busiest times.

Hand Tools

Hand Tools Manufactured with Unparalleled Quality

Malco Products has a nearly 70-year tradition of quality and innovation that has made it an industry leader in making the finest hand tools available. Since founder Mark Keymer first manufactured and marketed a pipe crimper he had invented for installing metal ductwork in heating systems back in 1950, he insisted on quality construction. Malco has insisted on quality construction in its hand tools for HVACR, roofing, siding and gutter, fence, deck and rail and auto body repair tools.

More innovations followed:

  • The first hand seamer, or hand brake, featuring compound-leverage handles.
  • The time-saving hand notcher, for a V-shaped cut in one motion.
  • The hand-operated snap-lock punch.

Just the right tools for crimping, bending, folding or seaming metal. Today, Malco continues the tradition of quality and innovation, and distributes thousands of products from its Annandale, MN headquarters to trade professionals in the U.S. and around the globe.

Malco excels at understanding each industry’s ever-changing workplace needs and workforce demographics, as it affects a tool’s hand fit and weight. Malco’s formal research and development process and award-winning product design team are validated by a knowledgeable network of established sales representatives. We make quality products that you can count on and with broad-based distribution and a vast population of industry technicians and educator end users, our brand is reinforced across the globe.

We continually manufacture work-saving products that make the tough jobs easier. Malco’s success as a company is achieved through our innovation and the quality manufacturing that goes into every one of our products. It’s made all the difference for us, and we hope that it’s made a difference for you!

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