November 28, 2014 4:34 PM ET

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Company Overview of The Black & Decker Corporation

Company Overview

The Black & Decker Corporation designs and manufactures power tools, accessories, outdoor yard care equipment, home cleaning products, automotive and lighting products, hardware, and other home improvement products for home and commercial applications worldwide. Its power tools include air compressors, batteries and chargers, circular saws, drills, grinders, hammer drills, jigsaws, nailers, oscillating multi-tools, planers, reciprocating saws, rotary tools, routers, sanders, and screwdrivers; home and office products comprise air care, compact freezers, cooling and heating, energy, powered office, refrigeration, coffee and tea makers, food preparation, cooking, clothing and garment care prod...

701 East Joppa Road

Towson, MD 21286

United States

Founded in 1910

19,900 Employees





Key Executives for The Black & Decker Corporation

Director of Consumer Power Tools
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

The Black & Decker Corporation Key Developments

Black+Decker Announces New Range of Powerful Cordless Lithium Ion Handheld Vacuums

BLACK+DECKER announced a new range of powerful cordless Lithium Ion handheld vacuums. The collection includes the 20V MAX* & 16V MAX* Lithium Flex(TM) Vacs with Floor Heads and the 20V MAX* Lithium Pivot(TM) Vac. Lithium Ion battery technology has enhanced the performance of BLACK+DECKER's handheld vacuums. Other types of batteries fade and lose suction, making it difficult for homeowners to complete their cleaning task before running out of power. Instead, Lithium Ion batteries offer strong suction and fade-free power throughout their use giving homeowners the confidence that they can complete tasks quickly and conveniently. The lightweight and compact 20V MAX* & 16V MAX* Lithium Flex Vacs with Floor Heads offer limitless versatility and are the ultimate in portable, multi-functional vacuuming. No longer just a simple hand-carried vacuum, the Flex Vacs provide easy clean-up high or low, in the house or car, and on any floor surface -- wood, tile, carpet, rugs, etc. Choose between the new stick vac attachment for floors or use the four foot extendable hose for detail work and hard-to-reach areas. Accessories include: Stick vac attachment with swivel floor head; Rubberized pet hair brush attachment (20V only); Flip-up dusting brush; Crevice tool; Charging base with tool and accessory storage. Additionally, BLACK+DECKER's all-purpose 20V MAX* Lithium Pivot Vac has strong and consistent suction provided by the 20V MAX* Lithium Ion battery. The Pivot is not only powerful, but it's also compact and can be stored within easy reach to any mess. A distinctive pivoting nose feature enables easy cleaning for those hard to reach areas, such as under cupboards, above tall shelves, and in between couch cushions. Accessories include: Onboard crevice tool; Onboard brush; Charging base with tool storage.

Black & Decker Corp. Faces Lawsuits in Baltimore over Table Saws

Black & Decker Corp. is facing federal lawsuits in Baltimore from at least four consumers alleging they were injured using the Towson toolmaker's table saws. The lawsuits, filed by plaintiffs from Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas, allege that table saws designed, made or sold by Black & Decker were defective because they were not being equipped with a device called a riving knife. A riving knife is a small metal device that reduces the chances of the wood jerking back and causing the saw operator's hands from being pulled into the saw's blades, according to the lawsuit. The four lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, allege that the plaintiffs suffered "severe and permanent personal injuries" when their fingers came in contact with the saw blade.

The Black & Decker Corporation Heats Up Home Cleaning with New Range of Steam Cleaning Units

The Black & Decker Corporation heats up home cleaning with an all-new range of steam cleaning units. Now available in four new models, there's a steam cleaning unit for every lifestyle. The new steam cleaning units use water to kill 99.9% of germs to achieve a deep down clean. Features available on Black & Decker's new steam cleaning units that address the areas of improvement and innovation identified for steam cleaning units include a removable water tank that allows users to fill directly into the water reservoir and a digital handle command which provides adjustable steam setting controls right in the handle. Two of the new models include SmartSelect(R) technology where consumers can choose a steam setting to address individual floor types. Smart Select provides three different steam settings that correspond to different floor types to produce the right amount of steam to clean the selected floor material. The wood setting is the lowest and keeps the unit safe for sealed hardwood floors thus eliminating the guess work as to what setting is safe for floor. Select models include the steam burst feature which produces up to 50% more steam in a 10 second burst. The steam burst option is useful for removing tough grime and stains in heavily soiled areas. An additional feature on select models, the Lift & Reach(TM) detail head, is designed to provide access to tight spaces and corners. To use the Lift and Reach option, simply step on the release bar located on the steam mop unit to remove the Lift and Reach detail head from the larger pad. All of the new steam mop units have an automatic upright shut off which helps protects floors from damage during pauses in cleaning, a 15-second heat up time and a ready-to go illumination tank that changes from red to blue to let users know when the steam mop reaches the correct temperature. The SmartSelect(R) Deluxe Steam Mop with Handle Command (BDH1760SM) is the signature steam mop unit and features the one-touch steam burst option, removable Lift & Reach detail head for hard to reach places and Handle Command which gives users complete control of floor surface settings from digital controls on the handle of the unit. This unit features a swiveling floor head for easy maneuverability. The BDH1760SM is self-standing and includes a carpet glider, two large cleaning pads and two Lift & Reach cleaning pads. The BDH1760SM will have a suggested retail price of $119.99.

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