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Power tools and NASCAR in one place—what’s not to love about the new DeWalt facility in Charlotte, North Carolina?

Handy was recently invited to take a tour of DeWalt's new Charlotte facility, which supports the brand's initiative to build more products in the U.S.A, as well as check out some new tools that you'll be seeing in stores later this year.

DeWalt now has a total of seven plants in the United States, producing approximately 14 million products each year. Here are a few highlights of what's to come from the brand very soon.

Part of DeWalt's Perform & Protect line of power tools, the new 5-in. Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander (available in August) features better control with less vibration and dust, all without sacrificing performance. Its separate counterweight and expanded rubber over-mold grip provides maximum control and comfort, and the additional dust skirt minimizes dust around the pad.

For those early adapters, DeWalt is also introducing 20V Max 2.0 amp and 4.0 amp lithium-ion batteries with Bluetooth capability in late-July. With the free Tool Connect app, users will be able to remotely monitor the batteries for charge level and temperature as well as enable and disable the batteries at once. Where will Bluetooth take power tools in the future? Stay tuned.

Providing convenience like never before, the Portable Stick & TIG Welder from DeWalt features an internal lithium-ion battery that provides portability at anytime. And it weighs less than 25 pounds, so it can be easily carried around a job site. But the small size does not take away from the performance of this 140 amp max stick and 150-amp max TIG machine.

With the new DeWalt 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 7-1/4-in. Cordless Miter Saw, you can set up a quick cutting station anywhere. Even minus a cord, this tool can make an average of 183 cuts in 2x4 pine boards on one charge. Plus, its XPS cross-cut positioning system provides accurate cut lines. And weighing only 30 pounds makes it easy to tote this saw to any job site.

Learn more about DeWalt tools here.