|Headquarters||Lake Forest, California (USA)|
|Founder(s)||Adolf Schoepe, Karl Rhinehart|
|Padlocks, Lock cylinders, Electronic locks|
Kwikset is an American lock manufacturer that produces low security lock cylinders, electronic locks, and door hardware. Kwikset is one of the most well-known lock manufacturers in the United States, with a high market share in most residential areas.
Kwikset was founded in 1946 by Adolf Schoepe and Karl Rhinehart. The original lock was a tubular design which was dubbed the "Kwikset" because it could be quickly installed and serviced. Since then, the company has become primarily associated with their pin-tumbler lock designs, though modern Kwikset designs include wafer and electronic locks.
In 1957 Kwikset became a subsidiary of American Hardware Corporation (AHC). In 1964, AHC merged with Emhart Manufacturing Corporation. In 1989 Emhart was purchased by the Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group (HHI). Black & Decker combined with Stanley in 2010 to become Stanley Black & Decker.
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. completed the acquisition of HHI from Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. on December 17, 2012. Kwikset is now owned by Spectrum Brands.