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Imperial® is First Place Winner in ACHR NEWS 2006 Dealer Design Awards Program with Ratcheting Tube Cutter

July 2006 - Stride Tool Inc., a worldwide designer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools, was recognized for excellence in product design in the third annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News Magazine.  An independent panel of 45 contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 112 entries from 75 manufacturers.  The company’s Imperial TC-1050RH Ratcheting Tube Cutter was the first place Gold Award winner in the Tools category.  The ACHR News is a leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries.

News Publisher John Conrad stated, "This product design competition gives us the opportunity to recognize the outstanding product designs and innovations that make a dealer’s job easier and faster.  It also enables our readers to identify new product opportunities."

The Imperial TC-1050RH Ratcheting Mini Tube Cutter is a unique tool in which the tube cutter can be removed from the ratcheting handle.  The ratcheting tube cutter is designed for 1/8-inch to 5/8-inch outside diameter tubing, and has a minimum swing clearance radius of 1-1/4 inches.

“Service technicians really appreciate the TC-1050 cutter when they work close to a wall or around machinery with congested components,” said Roc Tyson, Stride Tool’s Director of Marketing.  “With our new ratcheting handle, the cutting job is made simpler and easier by providing added leverage and control.  The ratcheting handle enables the job to be completed faster and is the perfect complement to the cutter that gives technicians even more flexibility.”
“What really separates the TC-1050RH from other tools is the ability to remove the cutter from the handle, the only product that does so in the market.  Our customers often have to work under unusual conditions, so they require dependable tools that can meet those unique and pressing needs,” Tyson said.  “This was the driving force behind the development of our Ratcheting Tube Cutter.”

Stride Tool Inc. designs, manufactures and markets professional and DIY hand tools for a global customer base.  Its brand, Imperial, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005 and is sold through HVAC, retail, industrial and automotive distribution. The privately held company operates production facilities in Illinois, New York and Ohio.  More information is available at

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards will be featured in the July 17, 2006 issue of The News, which is distributed nationally to over 32,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals.

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