Family passes along classic tools through a new initiative

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Like many men in the baby boomer generation, Bob Perry worked in manufacturing for more than three decades.
The son of Italian immigrants mastered the trade to give his children a better life.
For the last four years, his tools have sat in his son’s garage.
“These tools just represent like a hard working, want better for you,” said Bob Perry’s son, Ron Perry.
But, now Ron knows exactly what to do with his father’s legacy.
“To me it’s a tool exchange from one generation to the next,” said Phil Kerner, Erie’s Tool and Die Guy.
The Perry’s teamed up with Erie’s Tool and Die Guy.
They’re the first family to take part in a new initiative — The Family Legacy Project. 
“What I can do for folks is take those tools that their father or husband might have used for years, in this case 32 years and General Motors, and I’ll find homes for them,” said Kerner.
Kerner told us there will always be a place for manufacturing and through the Family Legacy Project, those classic tools will end up in good hands.
“I just couldn’t get rid of them. I needed to know that they were going somewhere where they could be useful,” said Perry.
From here Kerner will take Perry’s tools and ship them to someone breaking into the manufacturing industry.
Perry headed back to New York knowing his dad’s prized possessions will play a part in saving the trade that gave his family opportunity. 
If you think your family heirlooms might be good for this project, visit

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