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Understand Our Brand: Kwikset

February 22, 2018

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All About Kwikset
Kwikset manufactures and markets a complete line of door locks and door hardware including door knobs, door levers, deadbolts, handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks for residential and light commercial applications. For over 60 years, we’ve believed that innovation is our greatest asset and that the best security is smart security.

What Kwikset Has Been Up To
2018 is off to a running start for Kwikset. In January Kwikset exhibited at two major tradeshows in the same week; the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in LAS Vegas, NV and the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL. CES is the global stage for innovation where Kwikset, one of the longest-running smart lock exhibitors at CES, showcased its latest smart door lock solutions that bring interoperability, security, and convenience to homeowners.

Featured products at the Kwikset booth included the Obsidian™ touchscreen electronic deadbolt and smart lock with the latest Z-Wave 500 chipset, and the brand’s Kevo™ portfolio of Touch-to-Open™ smart locks and smart lock conversion kits. During the show, Kevo Contemporary was awarded a TWICE & Residential Systems “Best of CES” Award. The Kwikset booth also featured a new smart home experience for attendees to view and explore product innovations with leading partners, including Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings.

IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products and technologies involved in homebuilding and light construction. With Kwikset as the leading residential door hardware manufacturer in the United States and the #1 market share leader to homebuilders in the BUILDER Top 100 list, the brand continues its commitment to designing Kwikset_Twice_Pick_Aware_0118door hardware that is innovative, durable, secure and stylish.

At the show, Kwikset unveiled the new Pismo™ door knob, the first door knob to join Kwikset’s best-selling Contemporary Collection. The smooth, cylindrical knob was inspired by the subtle intricacies of modern design, and is a unique door hardware solution that seamlessly upgrades any door inside or outside the home. Kwikset also displayed smart door lock solutions including the Kevo Contemporary smart lock and the Obsidian touchscreen electronic deadbolt with Home Connect™ Technology. Kevo Convert was also named as a finalist in the “Best of IBS” awards for the door and window product category.

Learn more about Kwikset then find our latest job opportunities at Rayovac then visit our careers page for advice and more information.

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Spectrum Brands Gives Back

February 13, 2018

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Here’s just a highlight of the outreach activities that our employees have been a part of at company facilities around the world. Together, we are making a big difference in our local communities. A big
thank you to all of our employees who contributed to these fantastic projects over the holiday season.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
Every month, factory staff and workers donate their own money into a collection box in the company cafeteria. The donations benefit organizations that help persons with disabilities and the Kantha Bopha Children Hospital. Recently, the team also had a blood drive to help the people in need.

Noblesville, Indiana 
For Christmas, the Noblesville plant sponsored a local family, and through the generosity of both Spectrum Brands and our local employees, we were able to provide gifts for all of the family members, food, and some much needed household supplies, such as a new kitchen faucet, auto care supplies, a George Foreman Grill and small chest freezer.

Moorpark, California 
The Moorpark facility partnered with our friends at Gelson’s to support the annual toy drive for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Oncology Dept.). We were honored to be able to take part in making Christmas a little brighter for the brave kids fighting cancer.

Edwardsville, Illinois 
The Pet facility in Edwardsville donates items to various K-9 charities supporting both active and retired K-9 heroes. Through a local STL K9 connection, we were able to assist the large K9 team of 21 active & 21 retired dogs in Jacksonville, FL.

Blacksburg, Virginia
For Christmas, the Blacksburg plant “adopted” the extended care unit of the local, Salem Virginia, Veteran’s hospital. Our employees wanted to make sure every veteran in the unit had a gift. Gift bags were 100% donated by employees. A donation to the Montgomery County Christmas Store (serving needy families in our area) was also organized. Thank you so much for your generosity and giving spirit Blacksburg Employees!

 

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Madison, WI has the Best Work-Life Balance in the U.S.

January 18, 2018

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When it comes to work-life balance, the Midwest is where it’s at! And according to SmartAsset, Madison, Wisconsin is the top dog. Spectrum Brands World Headquarters is proud to call Madison our neighbor. Many of our employees live in the Madison area. In fact, it used to be our home until we moved just a few minutes away to the suburb of Middleton.

How does one assess work-life balance? SmartAsset looked at things like average number of hours worked, average hour of weeks worked per year, average commute time, housing as a percent of income, and concentration of recreational establishments. It’s no secret that we love Madison, and this article is one of many that hits the point home!

Here’s an excerpt from the SmartAsset article.

1. Madison, Wisconsin

Our data shows that Madison has the best work-life balance in the country. Working opportunities are plentiful: The unemployment rate is only 2.2% and the city has a labor force participation rate of 86.5%. For those two metrics, Madison ranks first and second, respectively.

Workers here also have plenty to do on their time off. About 2.1% of establishments in the Madison area are dedicated to arts, entertainment or recreation, a top 10 rate. There are also plenty of places to grab a beverage and hang out with colleagues as well. Madison has the eighth-highest concentration of bars in our study.

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Jumpstart Your Career with an Internship at Spectrum Brands

November 28, 2017

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If you think our brand assortment is diverse, wait until you see your career options at Spectrum Brands. As a fast-growing company, your career can start with an internship in engineering, marketing, sales or a corporate shared service and grow in a dozen directions. Former interns and recent graduates have changed jobs without changing companies – taking on promotions or moving across functions, business units and geographies to learn and grow professionally.

With a Spectrum Brands internship, you’ll get:

  • Hands-on, meaningful experience in engineering, accounting, marketing or another function related to your degree;
  • A real-world feel for our global, fast-paced company to decide if it’s the right work environment for you;
  • Exposure to company executives, tours of production facilities, social and philanthropic outings;
  • Opportunities to be heard. Last summer’s interns participated in consumer insights projects that influenced how our products are marketed and sold.

Check out some of our recent internship events then apply for an internship today!

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What We’re Thankful For Right Now

November 23, 2017

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Some great things happened this past year that we’re especially thankful for. And they all have to do with helping our employees and helping others. Spectrum Brands embraces its role in local communities. In donating our time and resources, we’ve made a real impact in people’s lives and the world around us. We give back to local and national causes that are chosen by employees and aligned with our industry and products.

Here are a few things we’re thankful for in 2017:

  • 25,000 batteries and 12,000 flashlights were donated by Rayovac to Harvey Relief. Read more about the donation efforts here.
  • Spectrum Brands has received a Silver Level Recognition from the American Heart Association for our Wellness Initiatives and Programs. Learn more here.
  • The Clean Lakes Alliance made major progress this year with help from our employees and volunteers.
  • We’ve continued our awesome internal learning opportunities for our employees so they can continue to grow.
  • We volunteered all over the country during Volunteer Day 2017. Learn about which organizations we supported here.
  • Our employees continue to stay active with help from our gyms and wellness programs, Bike to Work week, and more.
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From Campus to Career: Amanda

November 21, 2017

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Learn how Amanda transitioned from a consumer science student to a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Spectrum Brands. It all started with a marketing internship. Amanda’s advice to aspiring interns is to use your internship to gain real world experiences that can help you learn more about what you want after you graduate. It worked for Amanda, and it can work for you too!

Interested in landing an internship at Spectrum Brands? Click here!

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The Spectrum Brands Story

October 19, 2017

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Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with our brands, it’s time to learn a little about our past and our future in this video. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We’re on track to become a large cap stock by 2020.
  • In the past decade, we’ve achieved major financial success.
  • We’re engaged in the communities we’re a part of across the country.
  • We have plans to double in size by 2020.
  • We love to promote from within and have many long-term career opportunities.
  • We’re adding new talent every day. Apply now!
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Madison, WI Wins More Awards

October 10, 2017

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Our neighbor, Madison, keeps winning. (And Middleton has won its fair share of awards too!) It goes without saying that our little corner of Wisconsin is a great place to live. We don’t need any trophies to confirm that. But these rankings are a nice reminder of how lucky we are.

Our latest claim to fame is #6 on the 2017 Best State Capitals to Live In list from Smart Asset. (As well as the #2 spot for least-stressed cities in America.) Also in 2017, Madison landed as #19 on the Healthiest Cities in America from Wallet Hub. The Trust for Public Land also gave Madison a shout-out this year as the #9 spot on a list of park friendly cities.

Here are shout-outs Madison has recieved in the past:

As you can see, we’re a laid back capital city with lots of green space and a lot of young people who love to bike to work. And just the beginning. From our farmer’s markets to our world-class university to the two gorgeous lakes that surround the city, Madison is a fantastic place to live.

Image via Jordan Richmond/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands Has Been Recognized by the American Heart Association!

September 12, 2017

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Great news! Spectrum Brands has received a Silver Level Recognition from the American Heart Association for our Wellness Initiatives and Programs. See the full list here. According to their website, the Workplace Health Achievement program assesses overall workplace health based on certain factors.

“Companies recognized by the American Heart Association meet AHA criteria for their achievement to implement quality employee health programs in a workplace environment characteristic of culture of health best practices.

The Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices (leadership, engagement, programs, policies and environment, partnerships, communications, and reporting outcomes) and the objective, unbiased science-based assessment of overall workplace heart health using aggregate data from My Life Check or aggregate an equivalent source.”

We’re so honored that we’ve been recognized for our commitment to employee health. Read more about our wellness programs here.

Image via American Heart Association.

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Rayovac’s 111th Birthday!

September 7, 2017

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Happy birthday, Rayovac! Today, we’re celebrating more than 100 years of providing jobs in America. Here’s to US job creation with a commitment to American-made products!

Did you know that Rayovac manufactures all of our Alkaline batteries in Wisconsin? The Fennimore plant produces 2,500,000 batteries per day–that’s more than 1 billion per year! WOW.

 

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