Snap-on celebrates 30 years in Elizabethton

Photo By John Bryant
Snap-on Tools celebrated 30 years as one of Elizabethton’s longest lasting corporate citizens on Saturday afternoon with an employee appreciation event that included the company-themed motorcycle seen on "American Chopper".

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  Snap-on Tools of Elizabethton celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a ceremony honoring current and retired employees with prizes, food, entertainment and a glimpse of the custom made Snap-on motorcycle constructed by Orange County Choppers.
  The celebration opened at 1 p.m. with music provided by the Reflections band. Flag raising and introduction of invited guests kicked off the festivities.
  Only current employees, retirees, and their immediate family members attended the event. Kids paraded around the celebration filled with games, face painting, sno cones, balloons, and prizes.
  Adult-sized prizes thrilled employees vying for the black Snap-on roll cabinet valued at $7,300. Plans for creative bedroom dresser designs occupied many employees' conversations. Dozens of drawers promised masculine organization to socks and even the occasional ratchet for the tool-minded employee. But with a roll cabinet that large, even custom chopper builders Paul Teutel Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. would have a hard time finding enough tools to fill the drawers.
  Also given away were a $1,000 gift certificate to Best Buy and a smaller tool box, valued at $750. Although the second tool box was smaller than the roll cabinet mammoth, the second tool box could adequately hold the tool bounty of an average handyman or handywoman.
  The custom designed chopper arrived for the celebration at 3:30 p.m., escorted and set up by local employees, who were briefed on the set-up and care of the motorcycle by a 30-page manual, according to Roger Cyr, manager of human resources for Tennessee sites. The manual accompanies the bike wherever it travels. Crated across the country, the red-and-white chopper was constructed with Snap-on parts and even a ratchet kickstand. After being built and aired on the television show "American Chopper", the bike now sits on display without gasoline, a starter, or a battery - just in case.
  The manufacturing location in Elizabethton opened in August of 1974 along with the Johnson City Snap-on location which manufactures screwdrivers, pry bars, and some ratchets.
  Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand tools, power tools, automotive diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, automotive diagnostics software and other solutions for transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchise dealer van, company direct sales and distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2 billion, S&P 500 company with headquarters in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide.