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Kwikset® Selected to Secure and Accent Uniquely Designed New Urban Challenge Homes

Lake Forest, CADecember 2004 - Kwikset®, a leader in the lockset industry for more than 50 years, is donating a selection of its UltraMax Signature Handlesets, Knobs and Deadbolts to complement the designs of the trio of homes created by renowned residential architects for the New Urban Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The three homes, each equipped with fashionable Kwikset handlesets and hardware, will be unveiled at the 61st annual International Builders’ Show, January 13-16, 2005.

Each of the New Urban Challenge’s 2,300-square-foot homes, designed to suit particular market profiles, is a forerunner of the future of the housing industry. The unique residences include a villa designed for a modern professional couple, a shingled cottage created specifically for active adults, and a classic residence with young family appeal.

“We are very pleased that the designers and architects involved in the New Urban Challenge selected a diversity of Kwikset products to complement their exterior and interior designs,” says Jimmy Pendley, Vice President of Sales and Product Marketing. “Like their lifestyle-designed homes, our hardware styles and wide range of finishes allow homeowners to tailor their home accents to their personal taste, needs, and lifestyle with distinctive design motifs.”

The distinctive Kwikset Chelsea® UltraMax Handleset in Antique Nickel finish, with its smooth, sculptural edges and structural simplicity, was selected for the front door of the Bill Kreager-designed cottage and is complemented by the Kwikset Laurel® Egg Knob and 980 Deadbolt, also in the Antique Nickel finish.

The Donald Rattner-designed villa is enhanced at its entrance by the Kwikset comfortably elegant and traditional Arlington® UltraMax Handleset and 980 Deadbolt in Polished Brass. Beautifully rounded Commonwealth® levers in Polished Brass and Venetian Bronze carry the time-honored look throughout the home.

For the classic residence created by Geoffrey Mouen, Kwikset is providing its Sheridan® Handleset that marries simplicity of line with classic, understated style in a Polished Brass finish and matching 980 Deadbolt for the entrance, while Laurel Knobs and Pembroke® Levers in Satin Nickel complement the décor of the interior spaces.

All Kwikset UltraMax Handlesets feature ANSI Grade 1 decorative deadbolts, three-piece forgings, concealed interior and exterior screws for a streamlined look, a lifetime anti-tarnish finish and a lifetime mechanical warranty and are available nationwide at hardware stores and home centers.

For more than fifty years Kwikset has meant security and peace of mind for millions of families. No wonder more people trust their doors, inside and out, to the beauty and strength of Kwikset, America’s #1 Selling Lockset.

Visit www.Kwikset.com or call 1-800-327-LOCK.

Kwikset®, Weiser Lock®, Baldwin® Hardware and Price Pfister® are part of the Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement Group (NYSE: BDK).

Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement (BDHHI) Group is a division of Black & Decker, the world’s largest producer of power tools, power tool accessories and security hardware. Today, the BDDHI Group includes some of the most recognizable hardware and home improvement brands in the world including Kwikset®, Weiser Lock®, Baldwin®, Price Pfister® and Bach®.

The New Urban Challenge, produced by Builder and HOME magazines and built by David Weekley Homes in Orlando, Florida’s Baldwin Park, showcases the diversity and convenience of new urbanism with a trio of homes that redefine the average new home in America and reflect the specific needs of its intended homebuyers.

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