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New Design Styles Offer Homeowners SmartKey™ Re-key Technology at Affordable Opening Price Point

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (April 19, 2010) – Kwikset® today announced the availability of two new door hardware designs – the Belleview™ handle and Balboa™ lever. These new, affordable designs are both available with SmartKey™ re-key technology built-in, allowing homeowners a greater level of home security and convenience at a price that won’t break the bank. The Belleview handle sports a new beveled arch design in a traditional style. The Balboa features a new reversible wave style lever, so it can be used on either right or lefthanded doors for added convenience.

“With the launch of these two new SmartKey re-key enabled products, Kwikset continues to deliver on its promise of providing smart, simple and secure solutions that also are stylish and affordable,” said Mary Nichols, senior product manager, Kwikset. “Our SmartKey re-key technology has been the only residential re-keyable solution available to homeowners and builders for the last three years. Because we believe everyone has the right to improved home security, we’re expanding SmartKey to our opening price point product lines at retail in our handle product line.” Recently, Kwikset expanded SmartKey re-key technology to their entire opening price point box pack product line-up to meet builder demand for improved security, cost savings and convenience.

Belleview Handle
With its arched shape that provides a new take on a traditional design, the Belleview was intended to bring an updated look to the Kwikset handle offering. The Belleview handle is available with a list price ranging between $90 and $116 depending on choice of function and finish, which include: Bright Brass, Antique Brass, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome and Venetian Bronze. The handle also offers a lifetime mechanical warranty, a 5-year finish warranty, can be ordered with either the traditional pin and tumbler cylinder or with SmartKey re-key technology with BumpGuard™ protection, and includes ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 deadbolt security.

Balboa Lever
The Balboa lever features a new reversible wave-style design to easily accommodate a right or left-handed door, and uses a similar set screw design as that featured in the Kwikset Signature Series™ levers. The Balboa lever is offered in the same variety of finishes as the Belleview with list prices ranging from $31 to $60 depending on function and finish. The Balboa is ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 certified, and like the Belleview offers the same lifetime mechanical warranty, 5-year finish warranty, and can be ordered with either the traditional pin and tumbler cylinder or SmartKey re-key technology with BumpGuard protection.

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Since SmartKey re-key technology was introduced three years ago, demand has exceeded expectations and driven the technology into additional Kwikset product lines. Recently, Kwikset added SmartKey re-key technology to their entire box pack product line-up to meet builder demand for improved security, cost savings and convenience.

About SmartKey

SmartKey deadbolts and locks feature a patented side-locking bar technology, central to the locks ability to be rapidly and easily re-keyed. This stainless steel side-locking bar also replaces the traditional pin and tumbler design that is particularly vulnerable to increasingly popular lock-bumping attacks. Additionally, the cylinder uses two steel balls inserted into the front of the key face to provide improved drill resistance. Delivering outstanding strength and protection, SmartKey deadbolts and locks have passed the most stringent lock picking standard, UL 437, par. 11.6.

Kwikset's SmartKey deadbolts also have earned the prestigious Best Buy rating from Consumers Digest Magazine in the residential deadbolt lock category. Selected based on performance and features, the Best Buys in residential deadbolt locks were announced in an article published in the February 2010 issue titled, “Peace of Mind: Top-Notch Door Locks and Safes.” 

Kwikset also was recently awarded the Builder magazine 2009 "Brand Familiarity" Award in the publication's Brand Leader Study for the locksets/hardware category. The recognition is awarded based on an extensive survey of U.S. home builders which proved that Kwikset is the most top-of-mind brand name within the category. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kwikset has been honored with this award.

About SmartKey

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more.

The Stanley Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group (HHI) is part of the company’s Mechanical Access Solutions division. HHI develops, manufactures, markets and sells builders’ hardware, residential and commercial door hardware, kitchen and bath faucets, shower systems and bath accessories under the Stanley, National Hardware, Kwikset, Weiser®, Baldwin®, K2™ and Price Pfister® brands. Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Asia.

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