Upright Snips® Aviation Snips Awarded Two U.S. Patents

Sturgis, Michigan, April 28, 2006 -- Midwest Tool and Cutlery Company, a manufacturer of Made in USA aviation snips, tinner snips, specialty tools and HVAC/R sheet metal hand tools, announces it has been awarded two U.S. design patents for the company's proprietary Upright Snips® aviation snips. Uprights Snips®, introduced in the fall of 2004, are a revolutionary compound leverage aviation snip that significantly improves cutting sheet metal and other materials for the contractor, tradesman and do-it-yourself users. Available in both right and left cutting models, the Upright Snips® incorporate a right angle 90° handle-to-blade design.

The benefits of this revolutionary design are: a unique push or pull cutting motion; the ability to turn or rotate the snip in the hand while cutting circles; and improved ergonomics. The result is easier cutting in tight spaces, overhead, and at waist level because there is no bending or breaking of the wrist. The snips provide improved safety by elevating hands above metal working surfaces. Faster, easier and safer cutting leads to improved productivity, which is a key benefit for professional and do-it-yourself users alike.

Upright Snips® are rated to cut 24-gauge sheet metal (28-gauge stainless steel) and incorporate the same quality features and components as all Midwest Snips® aviation snips. These include: unbreakable hot drop-forged molybdenum steel blades; a threaded center pivot bolt to keep blades in adjustment; heavy duty double overwind spring; soft copolymer grips; and ergonomic, strong handles with an optimum 5½-in. spread.

About Midwest Tool & Cutlery

Midwest Tool and Cutlery Company produces the Made in the USA Midwest Snips® brand of aviation snips at manufacturing operations in Sturgis and Kalkaska, Michigan. The company also produces a full line of tinner snips, folding tools, cable cutters and other specialty tools for the HVAC/R, construction, siding, roofing and sheet metal industries. Midwest Snips® are available at HVAC/R and industrial wholesale distributors in North America and worldwide and at selected retail outlets.

Visit www.midwestsnips.com for more information.

Application Notes for Editors:

Midwest Snips® aviation snips and associated specialty tools are widely used
in the following trades/applications:

o Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC/R) and refrigeration installation and repair
o Exterior remodeling industry (roofing, siding, gutter and down spout installation and repair)
o Floor covering installation
o Metal building construction and maintenance
o RV/Motor home/trailer manufacturing
o General construction, maintenance and repair
o Auto body repair
o General sheet metal cutting
o Industrial /MRO applications

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