SOURCE: Apex Tool Group

Apex Tool Group

May 01, 2012 11:00 ET

Apex Tool Group (Booth # 6617) Unveils New Crescent and Lufkin Innovations at National Hardware Show

Leading Tool Manufacturer Also Highlights Top Products From Wiss and GearWrench

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Apex Tool Group, a global hand and power tool company, unveiled today at The National Hardware Show several new professional and do-it-yourself tools from the company's leading brands, including Crescent® and Lufkin®.

What's New from Crescent
Crescent unveiled the Code Red™ line of 10 new renovation and demolition tools, which includes prybars, utility bars, flat bars and molding bars. The company spent many hours in the field with professional and DIY users to develop renovation products that feature greater strength, leverage and precision than the demolition tools on the market today.

Crescent also introduced the OddJob™ multi-purpose tool, which combines the most common household tools (hammer, mallet, nail puller, ratcheting screwdriver with bits and flexible extension and a retractable utility knife) in one lightweight, easy-to-store product. As the name suggests, the OddJob is handy for many different tasks, such as hanging pictures, assembling toys or furniture, and opening boxes.

Additionally, Crescent revealed new X6 Series Wrenches, X2 Extended Access Pliers and an innovative Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench.*

"Crescent is perhaps best known for inventing the adjustable wrench more than a century ago," said Griffin Biering, product manager for Crescent. "These new innovations prove today's Crescent is about much more than adjustable wrenches."

What's New from Lufkin
Also on display for the first time is the Lufkin Control Series tape. The new tape has an opening that allows users to regulate the feed and return of the tape with their finger.

"There hasn't been a major innovation in the industry for many years -- the focus has been all about a tape measure's standout," said Tobias Bridges, product manager for Lufkin. "Lufkin's new Control Series breaks out of the pack by promising greater control, which makes the product feel more like an extension of your arm than a hand tool."

More from Apex Tool Group
In addition to its new innovations, Apex Tool Group showcased several top sellers from GearWrench® and Wiss®.

GearWrench Ratcheting Wrenches are known for increasing productivity with speed, strength and access. GearWrench introduced the Ratcheting Flex Flare Nut Wrench to provide users with greater access and speed for flare nut applications, such as plumbing supply-line connections. Additionally, GearWrench is showcasing its award winning X-Beam, which allows more force to be applied to the handle flat due to a surface area that is 500 percent greater than traditional wrenches, providing greater comfort and control for the user.

Wiss Aviation Snips deliver a better overall product life as a result of their unique blade design, free-floating active pivot bolt and valve-grade double-wound return spring. The tool features a unique wave-pattern serration on both the upper and lower blades, providing more aggressive shearing action, higher resistance to tooth breakage and longer blade life. First introduced in the late 1930s, Wiss aviation snips lead the market year after year.

National Hardware Show attendees can demo any of the above products by visiting the Apex Tool Group booth -- number 6617 -- in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Apex Tool Group

Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information about Apex Tool Group is available at

About Crescent

Crescent is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. The Crescent Tool Company introduced the original adjustable wrench in the early 1900s, which in effect replaced an entire set of dedicated-size wrenches. It quickly became and continues to be one of the most essential tools in the toolbox. In fact, Charles Lindbergh was quoted saying he carried only "gasoline, sandwiches, a bottle of water and a Crescent wrench and pliers" on his famous 1927 solo transatlantic flight. Today, the Crescent line has expanded beyond adjustable wrenches to include a wide selection of pliers, ratcheting wrenches, screwdrivers and tool sets. Crescent most recently introduced Code Red™, a line of renovation and demolition tools. For more information visit

About Lufkin

Lufkin is a premier measuring products brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Tough Lufkin® tapes and rules have been providing precise measurements for professionals and do-it-yourselfers for over 100 years. Today, tough "Hi-Viz Orange" Lufkin retractable tapes are recognized the world over. Whatever the measuring job, those who know reach for Lufkin. Additional information about Lufkin products is available online at

About GearWrench

GearWrench is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since the launch of the original patented 5-degree ratcheting wrench, the GearWrench brand has continuously led the industry with breakthroughs in pass-thru ratchets, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers and specialty tools. More than 100 million GearWrench products have been "Professionally Tested" throughout the world. Additional information about GearWrench is available online at

About Wiss

Wiss is a premier scissors, snips and specialty trade tools brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Wiss has been the leading brand in aviation snips for over 50 years, driven by two simple principles: performance and durability. Wiss puts those same qualities into every product in its line. So no matter what Wiss tool you use, you can count on getting exceptional performance and long life. Additional information about Wiss products is available online at

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