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Malco Products, SBC, Supports Trade Education Programs

July 12, 2019

Malco Products, SBC, the nation’s leading manufacturer of high-quality, American-made tools for professional use, continues to provide significant support to the national technical education community with a $25,600 in-kind donation of Malco Backpack Tool Kits for SkillsUSA State Association Sheet Metal Champions. These students went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June 2019.

As a strong supporter and advocate of careers in the trades, Malco donates more than $160,000 of in-kind products and apparel annually to a variety of skilled trade education programs, competitions and events across the country, including high school, post-secondary technical and apprenticeship programs, regional apprenticeship contests and SkillsUSA state and national conferences. Malco also offers discounts and a custom tool-kitting program to educators and students through its distributors.

Each school term, Malco also recognizes high-achieving students and entire graduating classes in the HVAC/sheet metal, building construction and autobody repair fields through the “Head of the Class” Student Recognition Program.

Through the no-cost Head of the Class program, educators can nominate an outstanding graduating student to receive a significant Malco tool gift with an average value of $150. The entire graduating class also receives Malco caps. Since 2005, the Head of the Class program has reached more than 65,000 students, including 3,500 “Head of the Class” honorees, representing more than 740 high school career technical education programs, technical schools, union Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees and industry association programs across the U.S. and Canada.

“At a time when there is a nationwide shortage of hard-working women and men in the trades, we are proud to provide support for their education through these initiatives,” said Mardon Quandt, Malco CEO and president. “Malco also ensures as many tradespeople as possible are able to tackle their jobs effectively with our high-quality, labor-saving tools.”

Malco looks forward to engaging with even more educators and students next year.

To view a photo gallery of Head of the Class winners from 2019, visit

About Malco Products, SBC

Malco Products, SBC, based in Annandale, Minnesota, with operations in DeWitt, Nebraska, is the nation’s leading manufacturer of high-quality, American-made tools for the HVAC trade (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). Backed by nearly 70 years of history, Malco also manufactures tools of the trade for professionals engaged in exterior remodeling (roofing, siding and gutter), fence, deck and rail installation and autobody repair and refinishing. These specialized tools are built to last, rigorously tested and backed by a lifetime warranty. Malco is proud to be employee-owned and a Specific Benefit Corporation in the state of Minnesota, a legal designation that indicates that a specific social benefit — employee ownership, keeping jobs local and strengthening communities — is the primary driver of Malco’s business decisions. Malco was recently named the 2018 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information about Malco Products, SBC, visit