The 2008 search for the Ultimate Tradesman concluded this past weekend when IRWIN Industrial Tools, Phoenix, crowned Eric Howard its 2008 Ultimate Tradesman. Howard, a general contractor from Concord, Calif., with 19 years experience, bested four other professional tradesmen to take home the title and cash and prizes.

The competition is a timed event in which participants compete using an IRWIN STRAIT-LINE chalk reel, IRWIN tape measure, and SPEEDBOR Max wood boring bit to mark, measure, and drill as quickly and accurately as possible. For more information on the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge and details on the 2009 competition, please visit the IRWIN Web site.