CHARLOTTE, NC - DeWalt says it began production of American-built cordless power tools in its 75,000-square-foot Charlotte manufacturing facility last month, looking to tap into its professional users' preference for products made in the U.S.
"Our users are professional contractors and builders themselves. When given the option, most prefer to spend their money on a product that is built in the USA," said Frank Mannarino, president of DeWalt Professional Power Tools.
DeWalt cites a 2013 Consumer Reports National Research Center study that showed 78% of Americans would rather buy the American version when asked to choose between a product made in the United States and an identical one made abroad.
DeWalt says its investment in the revamped factory will help boost the local economy and create more than 250 new jobs. "There's a great deal of pride that goes into making things at home—we're thrilled to bring some jobs back to the U.S.," Mannarino said. DeWalt produced a video, "Tools of the Brave," that shows the plant operations.
DeWalt Tools of the Brave lists the 32 hand tools, 48 power tools and 562 saw blades and other accessories, including 20V cordless hammer drivers and drills.
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