HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – March 9, 2016 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced a commitment from the Craftsman brand and Sears Auto Centers to support the Education Foundation’s upcoming collision career fairs around the country and provide Craftsman tools for collision students.
“It’s a natural for Sears and the Craftsman brand to support auto mechanic students,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “Because the Craftsman brand is the nation’s most trusted tool brand and our Craftsman Club Tech Student Discount Program offers up to 50 percent off a student’s first mechanics’ tool set and storage purchase. In addition, Sears Auto Centers serve Americans through more than 600 locations nationwide. We’re happy to help tech students get their careers started in the right direction while using Craftsman tools.”
Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to thank the Craftsman brand and Sears Auto Centers for both their monetary and in-kind support. We’re thrilled to be working with Sears and look forward to not only helping introduce high school and college collision students to additional employment opportunities but also work towards providing students with the tools that are needed to begin their careers.”
The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s collision career fairs are open to all industry members. Sponsorship funds raised through these career fairs assist the organization’s efforts to ensure that collision school programs have the needed tools, equipment, and supplies to graduate as qualified, skilled entry-level employees.
Industry members interested in participating in the career fairs and meeting with high school and college collision students can view additional information online and are also encouraged to contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847.463.5244 for sponsorship and participation information.
The Craftsman brand is America’s most trusted tool brand. For 87 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. The Craftsman brand offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional. In addition, the Craftsman brand also offers lawn and garden products and tool storage. The Craftsman brand also has a free membership program called Craftsman Club which gives tool enthusiasts access to exclusive deals, members-only projects, expert tips and news on the latest tool innovations from the brand. Craftsman Club® is part of the Shop Your Way® network, so points can be redeemed for purchases at Sears and Kmart and online at Craftsman.com. For more information, visit www.CraftsmanClub.com.
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.