SAN DIEGO — WD-40 Co. and Rebuilding Together® are conducting a national search for the 2011 Tradesperson of the Year™ — someone who gives back to the community, adds value to his or her skilled trade industry, and reflects the values of Rebuilding Together and WD-40 Co.

Individuals can nominate qualified skilled trade professionals at until Jan. 20, 2012. Six finalists will be chosen from specific skilled trade categories, including: HVAC/plumber, electrician, carpenter, contractor, painter, and roofer. One grand-prize winner will receive a Super Bowl getaway for two to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, including air travel, lodging, game tickets, and $500 in cash. Each finalist will also be a guest on a live national radio broadcast of “On the House with the Carey Brothers.”

“At WD-40 Co., we value doing the right thing, making it better than it is today and creating positive lasting memories,” said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing at WD-40 Co. “Skilled trade professionals use WD-40® Multi-Use Product for hundreds of tasks on the jobsite, and we want to honor those who are leaders in their industries and generous in their communities.”

Chris Grundy, host of DIY Network’s Cool Tools, will serve as this year’s spokesperson and appear in commercials on DIY Network to promote the contest. Grundy, a tool expert, is also providing skilled trade professionals tips on how to use WD-40 Multi-Use Product on the job on a special section of the company’s website at

“Without the generosity and dedication of individuals and professional organizations in the skilled trades, Rebuilding Together could not accomplish its mission to improve the lives and communities of homeowners in need,” said John White, vice president of business development and advocacy at Rebuilding Together. “We’re excited to partner with WD-40 Co. again for the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year™ program.”

For more information about the Tradesperson of the Year program or to nominate an individual for the award, visit

Publication date: 11/07/2011