Sears Connected Home to Expand Services Nationwide

Sears, one of the nation's largest sellers of electronics equipment and appliances, knows that to maximize the potential of a home theater system, a plasma television or a computer, a new home has to be properly wired to support these demanding technologies.

Beginning March 1, Sears Connected Home will now make it easier for new homebuilders to find a national company to design, install, service and support integrated networking solutions by calling 1-800-659-5914.

Today's savvy homebuyers are demanding 'Intelligent Homes' with home networking products that connect audio systems, video and television services, security systems and utilities, personal computers and the Internet, said Paul Carter, vice president/general manager of Sears Product and Repair Services contractor services group.

"Between Sears' expertise in equipment and Home Director's products and services, Sears Connected Home will make it possible for builders to meet customer needs in the easiest most cost effective way," Carter said. "This is another way Sears is responding to its customers by offering the products and services they need to live their lives."

Learn more about Sears Connected Home by visiting the Home Director's #227 booth at the Electronic House Expo from February 27 - March 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. See why Home Director's award- winning Network Connection Center offers a competitive advantage for builders and integrators.

"We are excited that Home Director products have been selected in support of the well respected Sears brand name, and specifically the Connected Home program," said Don Witmer, chairman and CEO of Home Director. "Through Sears Connected Home, Home Director will help make the connected home a reality for thousands of people nationwide each year" Sears Connected Home is a partnership established in 2001 between Sears and Home Director, a home networking hardware and software technology company.

About Sears

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) is a broadline retailer with significant service and credit businesses. In 2002, the company's annual revenue was $41 billion. The company offers its wide range of apparel, home and automotive products and services to families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through its Web sites, and, and a variety of specialty catalogs.

About Home Director

Home Director designs, manufactures, sells and installs home networking products which it calls the "Power Behind Intelligent Living." Winner of the 2001 Innovative Technology Award from the National Association of Home Builders and Popular Science Magazine, and the 2001 Mark of Excellence Award from the Home Automation and Networking Association, the company's home networking solutions have been purchased by more than 45,000 home owners in the United States and Canada. Home Director has offices in North Carolina's Research Park Triangle and California's Silicon Valley. To learn more about Home Director, visit or call 1-800-426-7144.

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

CONTACT: Media, Willy Medina of Sears, Roebuck and Co., +1-847-286-1624,
or Song Huang of Home Director, +1-925-373-0785

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