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New Black Chrome Socket Sets Raise the Bar for Quality & Durability

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 25, 2009 – Stanley® introduced today three black chrome socket sets during a new product introduction at the Westin New York Hotel. Phil Cox, leader of the company’s Automotive Strategic Business Unit said, “The new Stanley® black chrome socket sets provide up to two times the corrosion resistance of traditional socket sets … they also tout an extremely attractive appearance that users are immediately drawn to once they see it. Backed by a full lifetime warranty, these three kits are among of the most desirable – and giftable - products launched in recent company history.”

With their bodies forged from chrome vanadium, each piece provides extraordinary torque and professional-grade durability. Their patented Max-Drive design provides a tighter fit over fasteners to deliver 15% more torque than traditional socket wrenches. This feature works in tandem with six-point and eight-point sockets for reduced fastener rounding and/or slippage. Their size markings are laser-etched for improved visibility. Additionally, each socket wrench features a quick-release & reversible mechanism for easy operation. Their ergonomic handles help the user gain a firm grip on the socket wrench for a slip-resistant operation.

All components found in the Stanley® black chrome sets either meet or exceed ANSI specifications. Each of the three kits include pear-head ratchets, deep well sockets, standard sockets, a spinner handle, extension bars, spark plug sockets, a set of bits, and a durable plastic carry case. Larger kits provide additional items such as wrenches, u-joints, and adapters depending on the kit quantity.

Sold at mass retailers, home centers, construction supply stores, and on the web, the new Stanley® black chrome socket sets are available as follows:

• A 73-piece set expected to sell for approximately $73
• A 99-piece set expected to sell for approximately $99
• A 149-piece set expected to sell for approximately $149

For more information about these and any other Stanley® products, users can visit www.stanleytools.com or call 1-800-STANLEY.

The Stanley Works, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified worldwide supplier of tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, construction and do-it-yourself use, and access security solutions for commercial applications. For over 165 years, the Stanley® brand has been synonymous with quality, reliable products. Its well-known tool and storage brands include Stanley® as well as FatMax®, Facom®, Bostitch®, Jensen®, Mac®, Proto®, La Bounty®, Vidmar®, and InnerSpace®. Security Solutions brands include Stanley®, Best®, National®, HSM®, Blick® and Frisco Bay®. Additional information about The Stanley Works can be found at www.stanleyworks.com.

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