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Apex Tool Group Names James G. Booth as SVP, Global OpEx and Supply Chain

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Charlotte, NC – October 12, 2022 – Apex Tool Group today announced the appointment of James G. Booth to SVP, Global OpEx and Supply Chain.

Booth is an accomplished supply chain and global operations leader with over 27 years of experience at prominent consumer products and industrial…

Apex Tool Group Announces Pete Dyke as SVP, Chief Human Resource Officer

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Apex Tool Group Announces Pete Dyke as SVP, Chief Human Resource Officer

Charlotte, NC – August 15, 2022 – Apex Tool Group today announced the appointment of Pete Dyke to SVP, Chief Human Resource Office. He will serve on the Executive Leadership Team and report directly to Jim Roberts,…

Apex Tool Group Announces William A. Burke III as SVP and President of North American Hand Tools

Friday, May 13, 2022

Sparks, MD — May 13, 2022 – Apex Tool Group today announced the appointment of William A. Burke III to SVP, and President of North American Hand Tools (NAHT). Burke will commence his duties on Monday, May 16.

Burke is a seasoned tool industry executive with 37 years of leadership…

Apex Tool Group CMO Sets Retirement Date; Rich Mathews Appointed new CMO

Monday, February 21, 2022

Sparks, MD – February 21, 2022 – Apex Tool Group today announced the retirement plans of current Chief Marketing Officer Bob Heisner. Heisner joined ATG in July 2016 and was named CMO in October 2020. In his time with ATG, Heisner helped build ATG’s six flagship brands, APEX®, Cleco®, Crescent…

ATG names Bob Heisner as Chief Marketing Officer

Monday, October 26, 2020

Sparks, MD. – Apex Tool Group (ATG) recently announced the appointment of Bob H. Heisner to SVP and Chief Marketing Officer. In this position, Bob will lead the further development of all ATG hand tool and power tool brands – which include GEARWRENCH®, APEX®, Crescent®, Weller®, Cleco®, and SATA…

ATG Wins "Extra Miler" Award from AutoZone

Monday, August 17, 2020

Sparks, MD, August 17, 2020 - Last month, Apex Tool Group (ATG) was presented with AutoZone's “Extra Miler” award during the aftermarket parts retailer's Virtual Vendor Summit.  This annual award is given to AutoZone's very best vendors who are “unfazed by obstacles, go above and beyond the call…

ATG Names Acme Tools 2019 Partner of the Year

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Sparks, MD, August 3, 2020 - Grand Forks-based Acme Tools, a premier tool and equipment retailer in the Upper Midwest, was recently recognized by Apex Tool Group as its 2019 Partner of the Year.

“Acme Tools has been a tremendous industrial channel partner over the years,” said Jim…

Shockforce, EX6 Square Win Red Dot Design Awards

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sparks, MD, March 30, 2020 - The Red Dot Jury has spoken: ATG’s Crescent® Shockforce tape measure and Crescent® EX6 2-in-1 Extendable Layout Tool were both named Tool Category winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 for their outstanding design quality. This means that Apex Tool Group…

A Message from CEO Jim Roberts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sparks, MD, March 23, 2020 - In this time when our families, business and communities around the world are responding to unprecedented changes in our daily lives, I want to relay what we are doing to help protect the health of our associates.

ATG has taken steps to keep our workforce…

GEARWRENCH Ups Ratchet Game with New 90-Tooth Line

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sparks, Md.—GEARWRENCH® is proud to roll out its new line of 90-tooth ratchets to start 2020, bolstering one of its signature product categories in the process. Unveiled at the SEMA Show this past November, the 90-tooth ratchet line is stronger and provides better access, all while being…