Snap-on unveils new corporate innovation center

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Snap-on Inc. — a global manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions — on Friday, May 29, announced the official grand opening of its “Innovation Works” facility in Kenosha, Wis. The opening, presided over by Snap-on Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Pinchuk and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, took place in front of more than 600 Snap-on associates and retirees, as well as state and local officials from industry, education and government.

“The Snap-on ‘Innovation Works’ is a functioning example of our commitment to the continued development of industry-leading products, processes and technologies,” Pinchuk says. “This is truly a unique facility that will provide our associates with the critical resource needed to further accelerate Snap-on’s global innovation.”

Snap-on says the new 15,000-square-foot facility provides a resource for its entire global organization and includes several defined areas each specifically designed to support a vibrant user-centered innovation process. Included is a state-of-the-art service garage, prototyping room, 3-D modeling facility, display and application room, customer observation room, innovation library and training room.