PHOENIX – Eric Howard won Irwin Industrial Tools’ Ultimate Tradesman competition.

Howard, a general contractor from Concord, CA, bested four other finalists. The competition is a timed event in which participants used an Irwin Strait-Line chalk reel, Irwin tape measure and Speedbor Max wood boring bit to mark, measure and drill as quickly and accurately as possible.

Howard’s prizes included a Ford pickup truck, an Irwin Ultimate Garage by Allied Steel Buildings and a year’s supply of Dickies work gear. More than 10,000 tradesmen competed in 200 local events.

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