Milwaukee Tool recently hosted its annual New Product Symposium that brought media members from across North America to Waukesha, Wis., for two days of new product releases and hands-on demonstrations.

In keeping with its recent trends, the company again debuted a bevy of new products across its tool and accessory platforms at the Waukesha event. To put Milwaukee’s growth into perspective, it had two people working in its hand-tool department in 2009. That number now stands at more than 500. More than 40,000 sq. ft. of new products were on display in Waukesha, the company noted.

“It’s all about productivity and performance, but we don’t want to sacrifice what users are experiencing with our tools,” Milwaukee Tool Power Tools President Shane Moll said. “How do we innovate and make their job easier?”

In other company news, Milwaukee recently announced an expansion of its operations in Greenwood, Miss. This along with other investments to Milwaukee Tool facilities in the state represents a $35 million investment in Milwaukee’s U.S. manufacturing operations over the last four years. The expansion in Greenwood will create 126 new positions of which 105 already have been filled. Milwaukee now has 508 employees in Greenwood and 891 workers throughout its three Mississippi locations.

“We firmly believe that through investing in our people we will deliver disruptive innovation and the highest-quality products for our users and distribution partners,” Milwaukee Tool Group President Steve Richman said.