So the Fourth of July has come and gone and we now head into the middle of summer! As the temperatures heat up, we can’t help but ask, “How’s your air conditioner running?” We certainly hope that you’re able to keep cool during these hottest months of the year! With that said, we’re going to reintroduce ourselves to our blog readers…. Annandale, Minnesota, is a small town, 50 miles northwest of Minneapolis. While it’s fitting that in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” our destination is nestled in a resort area and surrounded by 26 lakes within a 10-mile radius, we’re not going to talk to you about Annandale because of the fishing. No, it’s work-week pursuits that have us focused here.
Malco Tools and Products are Proudly Made in America
You see, Annandale is the home of Malco, Products, Inc., whose slogan is: “Better Ideas for the Real World.” Malco’s better ideas take the form of innovative hand tools for the construction and automotive markets, and they are manufactured, assembled and packaged in this single location – Made in America.
In 1950 Mark Keymer, a young steel supply salesman, manufactured a pipe crimper he had invented for installing metal ductwork in forced air heating systems. Soon, he had to move from his friend Al’s one car garage to the more spacious basement of his Minneapolis home. Mark and Al’s company, Malco, lives on here in the town of Annandale. The early crimper that started a company has since been joined by hundreds of other specialized trade tools. Tools with names like: “Beast” Shingle Removers, Hog Ring Pliers, “TurboShear”, “SideSwiper” Siding Removal Tool, Max2000 Snips, and Redline Crimpers, Seamers and Notchers.
Malco Products, Inc. is now the nation’s leading manufacturer of “tools of the trade” for HVAC professionals and also a prominent manufacturer of trade tools for roofing, siding, gutter, fencing and auto body repair. Malco excels at understanding industry’s ever-changing workplace needs, and workforce demographics, as it affects a tool’s hand fit and weight. The company’s formal research and development process, and award-winning product design team, are validated by a knowledgeable network of established sales representatives, broad-based distribution and a vast population of industry technicians and educator end users. The result is a steady stream of innovative products every month, every year! Malco product introductions are typically specialized by industry and are one of a kind. An emphasis on market and product diversity, including International sales, has helped to maintain approximately 150 jobs at the company’s Annandale plant and offices. Women comprise 45% of the workforce for this employee-owned company.
Make no mistake, this is a place where guys in the image of Tim Allen or Mike Rowe would love to work, but more than a few women also ply their skills at Malco. Employee turnover is low. Average tenure stands at over 15 years. And more than a quarter of Malco’s employees have been with the company 25 years or more. We live in a country that has always prided itself on entrepreneurship.
The story of a successful company that started in a garage with the kitchen table serving as an office is not unusual, it’s the American way. Made in America is the story of Malco Products. And the company’s better tool ideas manufactured in Annandale, Minnesota continue to offer improved workplace productivity and promote the health and safety of hands-on pros that use them.
Malco has maintained its unwavering industry focus for over 65 years, and will continue to do so for many more to come.