CHANNELLOCK® Announces 2020 Trade School Trade-Up Competition

January 2, 2020

MEADVILLE, PA (JAN. 2, 2020) – Now in its third year, Channellock, Inc.’s Trade School Trade-Up Competition continues to help close the national skills gap by funding initiatives and tools that will largely impact America’s future tradesmen and women. This year will be the largest year ever for the event, as CHANNELLOCK® will now sponsor two competitions – one in the spring and the other in the fall.

“In light of the growing skills gap, it is important that we find passionate, hardworking students in our younger generations to join skilled trades,” said Ryan DeArment, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Channellock, Inc. “This unique competition offers students the opportunity to showcase the value of their education as they train for their future careers.”

How to enter
If you’re a student in plumbing, HVAC, welding, automotive and electrical trades, you are eligible to participate. This year, our challenge is simple: show us why your program deserves a classroom makeover. To submit an entry, get a group together to create a short film showcasing your team’s skills in action. We want to see what makes your program special. You’ll be graded on passion, content and need. Check out last year’s first-place winner for inspiration.

Jan. 2: Submission period begins
Feb. 12: Submission due date
Feb. 19: Top 3 announced
Feb. 20-22: Voting through Facebook
Feb. 23: Winners announced

What could you win?
1st Place: $5,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for team members and classroom, a classroom makeover with CHANNELLOCK BLUE® wall paint and fatheads
2nd Place: $2,500 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom
3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom

Learn more about the competition and how to enter by visiting

About Channellock, Inc.
Channellock, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools, including iconic, American-made CHANNELLOCK® Tongue & Groove Pliers, which can be found in quality retailers around the world. Founded by George B. DeArment in 1886, the Meadville, Pennsylvania-based company is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and operation. For more information on CHANNELLOCK® products, the company’s rich history, sales contacts and current news, visit To stay connected with Channellock, Inc., like us on Facebook or follow CHANNELLOCK® on Twitter and Instagram.