Malco Tools Announces Second-Annual Building Exterior Trade-Pro of the Year Winners

Five building exterior professionals across the U.S. were honored with national recognition and $1,000 in Malco tools.

ANNANDALE, MINN. (April 4, 2024) — Malco Tools, one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of various high-quality tools for the building construction trades, announced today the winners of its second annual Building Exterior Trade-Pro of the Year Award program. The contest recognizes five of the top U.S. construction professionals committed to excellent work, supporting their communities, and working safely in the field.


Building Exterior Trade Pro of the Year


The following winners will receive $1,000 in Malco tools of their choosing:

  • BJ Tippman, Owner of ABC Seamless, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Z.L. Sharp, Carpenter, Park Hills, Missouri
  • Jeffrey Tassinari, Shop Manager & Fabricator at Snow and Jones, Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • Gary Gahler, Senior Project Manager at McAllen Valley Roofing, McAllen, Texas
  • Gary Valencia, Owner of Kasa Builders/Wood Design, Vadito, New Mexico

“Malco is proud to continue to recognize and uplift Building Exterior Trade-Pro of the Year winners for their professional achievements, safety excellence, and contributions within their communities,” said Rebecca Talbot, vice president of marketing at Malco. “These building professionals represent hard work and an admirable dedication to their trade. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue this program and spotlight this exceptional group of award recipients.”

As a strong supporter and advocate of careers in the trades, Malco donates significant quantities of in-kind products and apparel annually to various skilled trade education programs, competitions, and events across the country. Malco also hosts the annual HVAC Trade-Pro of the Year award program, which is currently open for nominations until June 28, 2024.

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About Malco Tools, Inc.

Malco Tools, Inc., based in Annandale, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality specialty hand tools for the HVAC and building construction trades. Backed by over 70 years of history, these specialized tools are built to last, rigorously tested, and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Malco is proud to be 100% employee-owned. Malco earned a Manufacturing Excellence Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2022 and was named the 2018 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information about Malco, visit