Proto Recognized for Industry Leadership

October 3, 2017

Proto Recognized for Industry Leadership; Earns Three Pro Tool Innovation Awards for Sockets, Ratchets and Storage Bags

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (October 3, 2017) – Proto, a manufacturer of high-quality hand tools and storage for more than a century, has been recognized for best-in-class innovation by the 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards, earning top spots in the Ratchets, Sockets and Storage Bag categories.

Taking the top prize in three categories, winning Proto products include:

Pro Tool Innovation Awards Ratchets Category WinnerProto®3/8" Drive Flex Head Precision 90 Pear Head Ratchet. With a tooth count of 90, the Proto® Precision 90 Ratchet delivers high precision while offering access in tight spaces. Made with tough jobs in mind, the ratchet provides an ergonomic handle that can help reduce fatigue during use. The Proto® Precision 90 Ratchet is proudly manufactured in the USA and available in multiple sizes and finishes.

Pro Tool Innovation Awards Sockets Category Winner: Proto® Foamed ½" Drive 19-Piece Deep Impact Socket SetHaving an organized, customized, core group of tools for easy tool-location and foreign object debris prevention at the ready is the benefit of Proto® Foamed Modular Sets. Built to fit most metal storage drawers including the PROTO® 500 Series in various combinations, the inserts feature high quality cross linked polyethylene, which helps resist chemicals and other industrial solvents. Thick foam layers allow tools to fit tightly in place within drawer while also offering flexibility for easy tool access.

Pro Tool Innovation Awards Storage/Bags Category winner: Proto® Express ToolMat. Designed to keep tools in designated areas, which prevents foreign object debris and supports loss control, the Proto® Express Tool Mat features a detachable safety sign and reflecting tape on the edges keeps working spaces visible and protected, while a cushioned mat provides comfort when working on knees. A retractable mechanism provides easy and fast opening and closing, the cushioned shoulder strap and comfort handles make it easy to carry, and internal VELCRO® straps allow for easy adjustability. The Proto® Express Tool Mat opens in three easy steps.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen designed to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories.

"We're proud to be recognized for engineering innovative, durable and high quality tools. We remain focused on supporting the safety and protection of the people who use our tools as well as the jobsites where we work," said Alan English, Senior Brand Manager, Stanley Black & Decker.  

Judged by a panel of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada, more than 50 manufacturers submitted 260 tool entries in dozen of categories this year.

About Proto® Industrial Tools

Proto has been making durable, high-quality hand tools and storage for more than 100 years, having grown from a small machine shop to a worldwide manufacturer and supplier. Our tools are developed according to strict industrial standards, with features that let users work faster and easier, including enhanced shock absorption and reduced slip. We are exhaustive in our efforts to make safe tools and provide tool safety education. We support industries including petrochemical, aerospace, oil and gas, government and military, and general manufacturing. For more information call 800-800-TOOL, or visit