American Lock Launches 100th Anniversary Commemorative Padlock Program

(MILWAUKEE, WIS.) – October 22, 2012 - American Lock Company has enjoyed tremendous success ever since founder John Junkunc invented the world’s first keyless dial combination padlock in 1912.  He soon bought American Cylinder Co., which eventually became American Lock and is operated today by Master Lock Company.  American Lock is getting a jump on the next 100 years, announcing a commemorative program for locksmiths that recognizes the first century of innovative achievements.

Long acknowledged as “The Locksmith’s Lock” for its industrial grade security products, American Lock is producing a series of 100th Anniversary logo stamped solid steel padlocks.  Anyone placing an order will receive the commemorative models. 

Production of the popular A700, A2010, A5260, A5200 and A5100 padlock families, including all shackle and keying options, is now underway for the program.  It began shipping last month and will run through October 2013.  All items ordered during this period will be manufactured with the Anniversary logo lock bodies.

“There is a high level of excitement about our milestone anniversary, and this was especially true at this year’s ALOA Expo in Las Vegas.  With this program, we wanted to do something special for the locksmiths who have supported American Lock over the years,” said Michele Meierhofer, Director of Marketing - Security Products. 

“Any locksmith will tell you that American Lock® Solid Body Padlocks are built to last, providing the highest security under physical attack and in the harshest conditions.  There is tremendous interest in American Lock products and we believe locksmiths will want to share a piece of history by being involved in this program.”

The five series being offered in the promotion are the perfect choice for the toughest conditions.  The A700, A2010, A5260, A5200, and A5100 endured rigorous testing and represent American Lock’s storied history of manufacturing high quality products that exceed commercial industry standards.  Designed with solid steel bodies, boron shackles, rekeyable five- and six-pin brass cylinders and dual ball bearing locking mechanisms that resist picking, pulling and prying, these padlocks offer many other significant benefits.

American Lock Solid Body Padlocks are available with patented, state-of-the-art BumpStop® Advanced Cylinder Technology that is designed to resist bump attacks. The patented Edge™ Key Control system uses an exclusive key and cylinder design with an additional locking feature to create numerous one-of-a-kind virtual keyways, allowing all operating keys to be unique to a specific facility.  And Weatherbuilt™ padlock protection covers for the A5260 and A5200 series help maintain smooth operation by keeping dirt and debris out of the keyway and internal components.

Since 1912, American Lock Company has produced security padlocks for individual, government and commercial users worldwide with high security padlocks that stand up both to attack and to the harshest environments.  These qualities are what make American Lock Company “The Locksmith’s Lock.”  With 100 years of precision machinery and quality manufacturing, American Lock products exceed commercial industry standards.  American Lock Company, a division of Master Lock Company LLC, is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), a leading consumer brands company.  For more information, call (800) 323-4568 or visit