News Releases

All media inquiries should be directed to Robin Sutton at +1-980-209-8697 or Robin.Sutton@apextoolgroup.com.

May
13
2022
Apex Tool Group Announces William A. Burke III as SVP and President of North American Hand Tools
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...Continue Reading
May
13
2022
Apex Tool Group Announces William A. Burke III as SVP and President of North American Hand Tools

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 experience in consumer and industrial products. He was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Newell Brands, where he was responsible for managing a $10 billion portfolio of global businesses. Prior to his tenure at Newell, Bill spent 20 years at Black & Decker in several executive management...

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Feb
21
2022
Apex Tool Group CMO Sets Retirement Date; Rich Mathews Appointed new CMO
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...Continue Reading
Feb
21
2022
Apex Tool Group CMO Sets Retirement Date; Rich Mathews Appointed new CMO

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®, GEARWRENCH®, SATA® and Weller® and repositioned Cleco as a master brand. His leadership served him well through the development of key business processes and ATG’s Digital Center of Excellence.

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Oct
26
2020
ATG names Bob Heisner as Chief Marketing Officer
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 –...Continue Reading
Oct
26
2020
ATG names Bob Heisner as Chief Marketing Officer

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® – while continuing to sharply accelerate ATG’s e-commerce capabilities. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), Bob will report directly to Jim Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, ATG, and be based in the...

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Aug
17
2020
ATG Wins "Extra Miler" Award from AutoZone
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...Continue Reading
Aug
17
2020
ATG Wins "Extra Miler" Award from AutoZone

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 of duty, exceed expectations and consistently do more than expected." 

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Aug
05
2020
ATG Names Acme Tools 2019 Partner of the Year
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...Continue Reading
Aug
05
2020
ATG Names Acme Tools 2019 Partner of the Year

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 Roberts, CEO of Apex Tool Group who spoke at the recognition event.  “In 2019 their performance reached a new high, with significantly increased store and online sales that helped us launch leadership new products and grow our strategic brands.”  

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Mar
30
2020
Shockforce, EX6 Square Win Red Dot Design Awards
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...Continue Reading
Mar
30
2020
Shockforce, EX6 Square Win Red Dot Design Awards

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 is again one of the winners in the world’s most renowned design competition.

ATG's Crescent® brand team, supported by ATG’s industrial design studio in Charlotte, NC and R&D engineers in Apex, NC, introduced both of these innovative new products in 2019. 

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Mar
23
2020
A Message from CEO Jim Roberts
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...Continue Reading
Mar
23
2020
A Message from CEO Jim Roberts

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 safe, ensure important benefits continuation if they must be away from work, and slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our...

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Feb
20
2020
GEARWRENCH Ups Ratchet Game with New 90-Tooth Line
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Feb
20
2020
GEARWRENCH Ups Ratchet Game with New 90-Tooth Line

GEARWRENCH 90-Tooth Ratchets

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 more comfortable on the hands of professional mechanics who turn them countless times a day.  

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Dec
10
2019
Distribution America, PRO Group Honor ATG With Two Awards
Sparks, MD, December 10, 2019 - Apex Tool Group (ATG) is proud to have brought home two awards from November's executive conference for Distribution America (DA) and PRO Group, held in St. Petersburg,...Continue Reading
Dec
10
2019
Distribution America, PRO Group Honor ATG With Two Awards

Sparks, MD, December 10, 2019 - Apex Tool Group (ATG) is proud to have brought home two awards from November's executive conference for Distribution America (DA) and PRO Group, held in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This year ATG earned honors from both distribution organizations, and was the only supplier to earn two awards in 2019.  "I can't thank our teams...

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Nov
11
2019
ATG Again Named a “Best Places to Work” in Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, November 11, 2019 - Apex Tool Group was again named one of Charlotte’s “Best Places to Work" for the second year in a row by the Charlotte Business Journal.  This annual ranking recognizes employers based on employee...Continue Reading
Nov
11
2019
ATG Again Named a “Best Places to Work” in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, November 11, 2019 - Apex Tool Group was again named one of Charlotte’s “Best Places to Work" for the second year in a row by the Charlotte Business Journal.  This annual ranking recognizes employers based on employee feedback, benefits / perks, and other company culture benchmarks.  

The “Best Places to Work” competition...

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