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Gray Tools launches Achievement Award for students

Brampton, ON – Gray Tools, the only industrial-quality manufacturer of hand tools in Canada, launched the Gray Tools Canada Highest Standard Achievement Award and recognized Brampton, ON-based Judith Nyman Secondary School student John...


Brampton, ON – Gray Tools, the only industrial-quality manufacturer of hand tools in Canada, launched the Gray Tools Canada Highest Standard Achievement Award and recognized Brampton, ON-based Judith Nyman Secondary School student John Dawe for excellence at the school’s commencement event June 26, 2012.

“We think it’s important to engage with the next generation of tradespeople,” says Gary Nuttall, president, Gray Tools. “As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, we wanted to give back to the community and help future generations. We created the Gray Tools Canada Highest Standard Achievement Award to recognize a student’s overall excellence in a vocational program.”

“We’re delighted to launch the inaugural award at Judith Nyman Secondary School, one of the largest vocational schools in Ontario and part of the community in which we work,” adds Nuttall.

The award for Dawe, a grade 12 student who is graduating at the end of the year, came in the form of a Master Tool set valued at $3,000 to help him as he works towards a career. This includes top and bottom tool boxes, socket and wrench sets, screwdrivers, pliers, hex key sets, a punch and chisels, among other tools.

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“This is a really significant contribution to John Dawe and his goal of becoming a mechanic – a profession where companies expect people to bring their own tools,” says Judith Nyman principal John Colton. “Gray Tools has given a great head start to a student who really grew in his skill and learning, and followed it with a very successful co-op placement at a local motorcycle shop. It’s so rewarding to watch when a student’s skill and aptitude meshes with their passion, as it did with John Dawe and his interest in mechanics.”

Judith Nyman Secondary School is a workplace destination school that offers a strong school-to-work program that includes hands-on, technical skills training in a number of trades.

Gray Tools Canada Inc. of Brampton, ON, currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, is the only industrial-quality manufacturer of hand tools in Canada and has been manufacturing hand tools since 1912. The company currently offers more than 6,000 industrial product solutions and operates two warehouses in Canada.