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Kwikset® Locks Up 60 Years as an Industry Leader of Secure Door Hardware

Lake Forest, CA – January 2006 – This year Kwikset® celebrates its 60th Anniversary and the revolutionary residential lock design that launched the company in 1946. Created by entrepreneurs Adolf Schoepe and Karl Reinhard, the innovative “tubular” lock was named Kwikset to reflect its speedy installation. This design was the first in a series of trend-setting and award-winning hardware designs that changed the face of the home security industry.

Ten years after the company’s inception, Kwikset became the number one manufacturer of residential locksets – a designation it has never relinquished. In 1958, Kwikset introduced its now legendary “K” key design, and its innovative plastic coatings for brass- and bronze-finished locksets. Kwikset then developed and released Kwik-Install® in 2002, which made installation easy and virtually flawless with pre-installed screws. That same year, Kwikset reorganized its product offering into three new brands: Kwikset Security®, Kwikset Maximum Security® and Kwikset UltraMax® Signatures. Continuing to provide quality door hardware for consumers and home builders, Kwikset introduced the electronic touchpad deadbolt, the Powerbolt® 1000, in 2004.

“As we enter our sixth decade, Kwikset is partnering with Price Pfister to create our new Architecturally Inspired Collections,” says Jimmy Pendley, Vice President and General Manager, Kwikset. “These new collections consist of newly designed faucets, shower heads, bathroom accessories, and door hardware that feature complimentary styles and distinctive matching finishes.” There’s hardly a door that Kwikset can’t make more attractive or more secure. For 60 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. 

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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 BDHHI Group includes some of the most recognizable hardware and home improvement brands in the world including Kwikset®, Weiser Lock®, Baldwin®, Price Pfister® and Bach®.

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