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AURORA, Illinois, October 13, 2022: SOLA received a Pro Tool Innovation Award for the BIG REDM spirit levels with lateral magnet installation in the hand tools category. For the TLM2 deep hole marker SOLA was recognized as a Finalist in the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

Gathering a diverse team of judges, including contractors, construction business owners, tradesmen, and media professionals, the votes were counted for the most innovative construction and outdoor power equipment industry products in the world. Judging the 10th annual PTIA Awards exposed revealed an amazing array of truly innovative power and hand tools, tool accessories, fasteners, and other products submitted by many of the top manufacturers in the industry. Here’s what the Pro Tool Innovation Awards judges had to say about the BIG REDM magnetic spirit levels:

“SOLA made a big improvement to magnetic levels by reimagining the magnets’ installation. Going in laterally instead of installing through the bottom, the base has an uninterrupted surface. It’s easier to clean off metal shavings that stick to the magnets and doesn’t produce build-up around the magnet seams the way other levels can. At the end of the day, you can work more accurately with less risk of damaging finished workpieces.”

This year, 99 different manufacturers and brands submitted over 465 products in dozens of categories for a chance to take home a 2022 Pro Tool Innovation Award. After countless hours of considering the most innovative power tools, hand tools, fasteners, products, and accessories on the market, the PTIA judges eventually chose winners based on a combination of key factors. Products won based on their ability to demonstrate either innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements, advancements in jobsite safety, or above-average value. The 2022 Pro Tool Innovation Award winners represent the companies and products driving progress and advancement in the construction, landscaping, and manufacturing industries. They deserve recognition for having best-in-class products that truly drive the industry forward.

“Any product can undergo incremental changes. Pro Tool Innovation Award winners tend to buck trends and bring much more to the table,” said Kenny Koehler, editor-in-chief. “They really deserve the recognition they get. We feel that business owners, builders, contractors, and tradespeople can look to PTIA Award-winners to locate the products that can increase productivity, help them make more money, and increase safety on the jobsite.”

The annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) began in 2013 and are judged by a panel of professional tradesmen and trade media representatives in the electrical, plumbing, MRO, and concrete fields as well as landscaping professionals, general contractors, mechanics, and builders. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools, accessories, and products across a wide variety of industries and categories.


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About SOLA-Messwerkzeuge GmbH:

Since 1949 the SOLA brand has meant high precision measuring and marking tools. As market leader in premium spirit levels, the Austrian company manufactures a wide range of products, including screeding levels, folding rules, long and short tapes, squares, measuring wheels, marking products, laser distance meters and a customized laser program. SOLA’s approach is to develop and continuously optimize its products to match its customers’ requirements as closely as possible. SOLA Measuring Tools are sold in more than 80 countries around the world. 75% of all products are manufactured in Götzis, Austria, where the headquarters and production facility are located. This is where 200 employees develop, produce and distribute a product range of more than 1,500 products. The high-quality standards that SOLA has set for itself are subjected to constant control in the company’s own laboratories and testing facilities. For more information visit www.sola.us 

About Keson LLC:

Founded in 2018, Keson LLC is an alliance of the two industry leaders Keson and SOLA. Both companies are family-owned and leaders in measuring and marking tools, offer complementary product lines, and share very similar values. Keson is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, and is well known in North America for providing reliable, innovative, and easy-to-use measuring and marking products to professional tradespeople who are passionate about their work. SOLA is headquartered in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the shadow of the Austrian Alps and is a market leader in spirit and screeding levels in 30 countries around the world. With a combined 120 years of market experience, Keson LLC builds upon Keson’s U.S. manufacturing, existing distribution network and strong relationships by adding SOLA’s European manufacturing expertise, precision engineering and industry-leading technology. Operating from Aurora, Keson LLC will provide the outstanding products and service that will continue us to earn and keep the trust of tradespeople and of those who supply them with the tools they need. Find out more at www.keson.com