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3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand and Mike Holmes Launch New Line of Safety Eyewear

Two Trusted Names in Safety Combine Expertise and Innovation to Keep DIYers and Professionals Safe

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:41 pm CDT

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ST. PAUL, Minn.

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"I always go to the pros when I need them. That’s why I went to 3M. Working together, we’re making safety products I can stand behind."

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand has announced a new partnership with Mike Holmes, renowned contractor from HGTV and one of the most trusted names in home safety, to develop an innovative line of eyewear that will help ensure reliable protection for anyone completing projects around the house.

According to a recent 3M Safety Survey, nearly three out of four homeowners across the U.S. are most concerned with injuring their eyes as opposed to any other injury while completing DIY or home improvement projects. 1

To address this concern, the 3M TEKK Protection Brand and Mike Holmes have partnered to create an innovative new line of eyewear that helps ensure homeowners protect themselves from projectiles and contaminants while doing home maintenance projects, including sanding, painting, sawing, drilling, power washing and lawn maintenance.

“When completing indoor or outdoor projects around the home, it’s important for homeowners to understand that doing it right means doing it safely,” said David Bierman, 3M Safety and Electrical Business Unit Manager. “That means being prepared with safety products before they begin their project. The addition of the new 3M TEKK Protection Holmes Safety Glasses and the partnership with Mike gives us the opportunity to significantly increase the visibility and importance for the use of safety products on projects – large or small – in and around the home.”

As a licensed general contractor, Mike Holmes has made a name for himself by encouraging homeowners to make sure home improvement projects are done right – the first time – and safety is a crucial part of that.

“I don’t mess around with safety. If I was going to have my own line of eyewear, it needed to meet my standards. I had to feel protected wearing it and confident about my crew wearing it too. Remember, my kids are on my crew,” said Mike Holmes. “I always go to the pros when I need them. That’s why I went to 3M. Working together, we’re making safety products I can stand behind.”

The new 3M TEKK Protection Holmes Safety Glasses line has seven varieties of indoor and outdoor eyewear that feature impact-resistant lenses that also absorb 99.9 percent of UV rays. Additionally, select eyewear boasts a dual-lens contoured frame for a protective, wrap-around fit and soft nosepieces. 3M TEKK Protection Holmes Safety Glasses are available at Home Depot stores nationwide. Select varieties are also available at home improvement stores across the U.S.

3M TEKK Protection offers a full line of innovative respiratory, eyewear and hearing products designed to keep DIYers and professionals safe when completing projects around the home. 3M TEKK Protection products can be found at home improvement and hardware stores across the U.S. For additional information, go to www.3mtekk.com.

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About The Holmes Group
The Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new home building and inspection divisions and expansion into product development. It is entirely owned by Mike Holmes and it is responsible for developing and managing HOLMES branded entities, including HOLMES Homes, HOLMES Inspections, HOLMES Workwear, Make It Right Releasing Inc. and The Holmes Foundation.

1 National Safety Council – DIY Survey, April 2012

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Robert Brittain, 651-733-7032
rbrittain@mmm.com
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Cortney Kerans, 212-798-9764
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