57 different manufacturers submitted 224 tool entries across more than 128 categories for a shot to win a 2016 Pro Tool Innovation Award. We broke down the winners into some of the obvious categories of Cordless Tools, Corded Tools, and Hand Tools. We also had many trade-specific entries that fell into Concrete & Masonry, Painting & Tiling, and Plumbing & Electrical. There was definitely new interest and innovations in Tool Storage, Test & Measurement, and Workwear & Safety. Outdoor Power Equipment also had some very impressive new products for landscapers. Lastly, the area of Concrete & Masonry isn’t letting up, and we saw a lot of new tools in that segment as well. One thing is for certain, the construction industry is really starting to demand more and more ergonomic, powerful, and even quieter tools. Addressing these and other needs, manufacturers are truly differentiating themselves.