Business Leaders, Elected Officials Visit RIDGID® to Kick-Off Manufacturing Month

October 10, 2023

Business Leaders, Elected Officials Visit RIDGID® to Kick-Off Manufacturing Month

History in industry, advanced manufacturing processes and workforce recognized during event


ELYRIA, OHIO – October 10, 2023 – RIDGID®, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, kicked-off Manufacturing Month by welcoming members of The Lorain County Growth Partnership (LCGP) and elected officials to its headquarters. Attendees learned about RIDGID, its 100 year role in manufacturing and how its approaching future innovation and workforce development.


LCGP members are dedicated to working with Lorain County organizations and businesses to compete more effectively in a regional marketplace. Distinguished guests included: Ohio State Senator Nathan Manning, Ohio House of Representative members Gayle Manning and Joe Miller, Lorain County Commission President David Moore, Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield and Lorain County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Gallo.


“At RIDGID we are proud of our heritage, but also excited about our future. We were honored to have the opportunity to share our vision with business leaders and elected officials in recognition of Manufacturing Month,” said Craig Sumner, president, professional tools for Emerson. “Globally, manufacturing plays an important role in the supply chain and being able to showcase our advanced manufacturing facility, the innovative processes our workforce uses and what we’re planning for the future was a privilege.”


Since 1923, RIDGID has designed and manufactured products that solve problems for tradespeople worldwide. From their iconic pipe wrench and drain cleaning equipment to press tools and pipe patching, they offer more than 300 tools for the plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC professional, all backed by more than 100 patents. While these tools are used globally, Elyria is the place they have proudly called home for 100 years.


Their 27-acre campus includes their world headquarters, as well as a 500,000 square foot manufacturing facility, state-of-the-art technology lab, world training center, and an authorized service center. This year RIDGID reached a major sustainability milestone in manufacturing with all of their North American facilities now powered by renewable energy.


Emerson’s professional tools business, which includes RIDGID as well as the Greenlee® and Klauke® brands, provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades globally. Visit for more





For 100 years, RIDGID has been providing certainty and efficiency to the professional trades by delivering innovative plumbing, mechanical and HVAC tools. Inventing the modern pipe wrench in 1923, RIDGID today has more than 100 patents and 300 products that continue to deliver purpose-built tools to help the skilled trades work with more ease and efficiency. They are part of the Emerson professional tools portfolio that also includes Greenlee® and Klauke®. Learn more, visit


About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. A leader in industrial automation, Emerson helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers optimize operations, protect personnel, reduce emissions and achieve their sustainability goals through its Automation Solutions and AspenTech businesses. Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information, visit