Just a couple days ago I returned from an event that has me so excited about working in the trades and what it means to be “Made in the USA”. The RIDGID Experience is only in it’s second year of existence but its clear to me that this will be an amazing annual event for years to come. Here’s how it works: All across their social media channels RIDGID invites anyone who uses their tools, any and all of the RIDGID tools to show off their pride in the work they do with those tools. There’s an official entry process and some hashtagging involved but its super simple and fun. Once entered RIDGID picks the winners of the contest and those winners are treated to a total first-class experience with factory & hands-on training center tours, an inside look at new upcoming products and tools, meals, lodging, airfare, limo, professional photo shoots, a box suite at the Indians ball game and even a fishing trip on Lake Erie! Oh man, I gotta tell you it was a blast!
Of course factory tours are exciting, getting to see how our favorite tool is made and even meeting the people who make them daily leaves me with a higher level of respect for the brand and excitement for my work. That was definitely the case for me after the #RIDGIDExperience.
Unfortunately we don’t always get to take the camera’s along for every step of the tour but I’ve posted a few cool shots on our Facebook and Instagram along with some comments along the way. I’ve included a video of the final steps in the assembly of the iconic 300 below; its hard to believe that machine was ever so clean and shiny!
I’d like to thank the entire team at RIDGID and those involved who organized and pulled off a truly memorable experience for all of us “winners”. It’s clear the entire company knows and cares about who their customer is. Thank you, Eric Aune.
Every @ridgidtools threader is tested before being sent out of the factory. The whole machine is made by RIDGID, from the housing to the dies, it’s all in-house and #madeintheusa . Here’s just one step where they’re verifying that everything is straight and true. Next step is cutting a piece of pipe and actually threading it. Specs like amp draw and rpm are monitored during the process on each machine. Everyone gets a proven product because of this simple yet essential process. These are some of the reasons why the 300 is the most used machine in North America. #ridgidexperience