Photo Courtesy of Cole-Bar Tool can serve as a hammer, crowbar, T-square, socket wrench and more. Related Links: Auburn Students Work With Industry to Design Tomorrow's Tools Goldieblox Toy Takes Girls For a Spin into Engineering Careers The Cole-Bar Hammer makes the Swiss Army knife look like a can opener. The seven-in-one tool combines a claw hammer with a full crowbar, ruler, measuring square, ½-in. socket wrench, demolition device and nail pliers. To finance production, inventor Lance Hyde and his son, Barton, launched a $100,000 Kickstarter crowd-source funding campaign during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas on May 7-9.The
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.