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Malco Wins 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Awards

Andy™ Aluminum Handled Offset Left Snips and Adjustable Siding Gauge earn top honors

ANNANDALE, MINN. (Sept. 14, 2023) — Malco Products, one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality tools for the HVAC and building construction trades, today announced that is has earned 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Awards for its Andy™ Aluminum Handled Offset Left Snips in the Hand Tools-Cutting category and its Adjustable Siding Gauge in the Spacers category.

Now in its eleventh year, the Pro Tool Innovation Awards evaluate hundreds of cutting-edge tools from across a wide variety of industries and manufacturers. This year, 99 different manufacturers and brands submitted over 465 products in dozens of categories for a chance to take home a 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award.

The awarded products stood out for their innovative features, superior power delivery, revolutionary ergonomics, technological advancements, improvements in jobsite safety, or exceptional value.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, as going the extra mile to create tools that help our end-users perform better on the jobsite is the number one priority at Malco,” said Rebecca Talbot, Malco’s vice president of marketing. “Both of these tools were designed with the end-user in mind, and include specific features designed to improve speed and efficiency on the job.”

Executive director Clint DeBoer expressed admiration for the ongoing innovation in the industry: “This marks our 11th year of hosting the PTIA Awards, and each year we witness an increasing level of innovation from both large and small companies.”

DeBoer added, “every Pro Tool Innovation Award celebrates a product developed by people who really believe that the standard we’re used to is no longer good enough.”

Malco’s two 2023 product award winners include:

Andy™ Aluminum Handled Offset Left Snips 12″ (MC12L)

Malco’s Andy Aluminum Handled Offset Left Snips 12″ (MC12L) is an innovative new addition to the company’s popular Andy™ snips product line. This versatile tool with offset handles ensures that HVAC and building construction trade pros can make longer, tighter, higher-quality straight and left curve cuts in many types of materials, including sheet metal, metal roofing, aluminum, stainless steel, steel siding, and vinyl.   Verified by internal testing, the MC12L Andy Snips offer the following advantages over competing products:

  • Superior material flow for up to 60% faster cutting speeds
  • Up to 45% longer cuts when operating one-handed
  • The highest maneuverability for continuous cut radii half the size of leading competition, with better cut quality
  • Lower jaw made of investment-cast tool steel allows for starter holes as small as ½”
Adjustable Siding Guage (SGA)

Malco’s new Adjustable Siding Gauge (SGA) is an innovative new all-in-one installation tool that eliminates the need to use multiple gauges for varying siding widths, while eliminating the need to use shims and/or have more than one person to complete projects. It’s specially crafted for siding and construction pros, making it the ultimate tool for rapid siding installation both in its simplicity and efficiency of use, saving contractors and installers time and money.

Built with an adjustable 5/16″–5/8″ clamping range and an adjustable 4″–8″ (1/4″ increments) facing range, contractors and installers can quickly and easily hang different types of fiber cement siding, LP Smart Siding and other lap siding of various widths. The adjustable clamp ensures materials are held firmly held in place while the adjustable reveal ensures the siding is properly positioned. Malco’s SGA also supports full 16-foot length lap siding for fast one-person installation.

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About Malco Products 

Malco Products, based in Annandale, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality specialty hand tools for the HVAC and building construction trades. Backed by over 70 years of history, these specialized tools are built to last, rigorously tested and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Malco is proud to be 100% employee-owned. Malco earned a Manufacturing Excellence Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2022 and was named the 2018 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information about Malco, visit

About the Pro Tool Innovation Awards

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. Learn more at

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