1998 Stock Option Plan - Salton/Maxim Housewares Inc.


                          SALTON/MAXIM HOUSEWARES, INC.
                             1998 STOCK OPTION PLAN


THE PLAN. Salton/Maxim Housewares, Inc. (the 'Company') hereby establishes the
Salton/Maxim Housewares, Inc. 1998 Stock Option Plan (the 'Plan') as set forth
in this document, as it may be amended from time to time. The Plan is effective
as of the Effective Date.

         SECTION 1. PURPOSE. The purposes of the Plan are to encourage employees
of the Company and its Affiliates to acquire a proprietary and vested interest
in the growth and performance of the Company and to increase their incentive to
contribute to the Company's future success and prosperity, thus enhancing the
value of the Company for the benefit of shareowners, and enhancing the ability
of the Company and its Affiliates to attract and retain individuals of
exceptional talent upon whom, in large measure, the sustained progress, growth
and profitability of the Company depends.

         SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS. As used in the Plan, the following terms shall
have the meanings set forth below:

         (a) 'Affiliate' shall mean (i) any Person that directly, or through one
or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common
control with, the Company or (ii) any entity in which the Company has a
significant equity interest, as determined by the Committee.

         (b) 'Alternative Tandem SAR' shall mean a SAR issued in connection with
a related Option and (i) which is exercisable only within such time and to the
extent that the related Option is exercisable, (ii) under which exercise of the
SAR or applicable portion thereof will terminate the related Option or
applicable portion thereof, and (iii) which will terminate upon and to the
extent of exercise or termination of the related Option, except that an
Alternative Tandem SAR granted with respect to less than the full number of
Shares covered by the related Option shall not be reduced until the exercise or
termination of the related Option exceeds the number of Shares not covered by
the Alternative Tandem SAR.

         (c) 'Award' shall mean any Option, SAR, Restricted Stock Award,
Performance Share, Performance Unit, Other Stock Unit Award, or any other right,
interest, or option relating to Shares granted pursuant to the provisions of the
Plan.

         (d) 'Award Agreement' shall mean the written agreement, contract, or
other instrument or document by which every Award shall be evidenced.

         (e) 'Board' shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

         (f) 'Code' shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
from time to time.



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         (g) 'Committee' shall mean the Compensation Committee of the Board.

         (h) 'Company' shall mean Salton/Maxim Housewares, Inc.

         (i) 'Cumulative Tandem SAR' shall mean a SAR issued in connection with
a related Option and (i) which is exercisable only within such time and to the
extent that the related Option is exercisable, (ii) which is exercised
automatically upon and to the extent of exercise of the related Option, and
(iii) which provides payment in addition to the Shares delivered upon exercise
of the related Option.

         (j) 'Effective Date' means July 30, 1999, the date this Plan is adopted
by the Board.

         (k) 'Employee' shall mean any employee of the Company or of any
Affiliate.

         (l) 'Exchange Act' shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended.

         (m) 'Fair Market Value' shall mean, with respect to a Share, (i) the
closing price of the Shares on the NASDAQ Stock Market's National Market, or any
other national stock exchange on which the Shares are then traded, or if no such
reported sale of Shares shall have occurred on such date, on the next preceding
date on which there was such a reported sale; or (ii) if the Shares are not
listed for trading on a national securities exchange or authorized for quotation
on the NASDAQ Stock Market's National Market, the average of the closing bid and
asked prices as reported by the National Association of Securities Dealers
Automated Quotation System or, if no such prices shall have been reported for
such date, on the next preceding date for which such prices were so reported.

         (n) 'Freestanding SAR shall mean a SAR other than a Cumulative Tandem
SAR or an Alternative Tandem SAR.

         (o) 'Incentive Stock Option' shall mean an Option granted pursuant to
Section 6(h) hereof that is intended to meet the requirements of Section 422 of
the Code or any successor provision thereto.

         (p) 'Limited Right' shall mean an Alternative Tandem SAR which is
exercisable only for a limited period after a Change in Control as provided in
Section 7(f).

         (q) 'Mature Shares' shall mean Shares to which the holder thereof has
good title, free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, and which such holder
either (i) has held for at least six months or (ii) has purchased on the open
market.

         (r) 'Nonstatutory Stock Option' shall mean an Option granted to a
Participant pursuant to Section 6 hereof that is not intended to be an Incentive
Stock Option.

         (s) 'Option' shall mean any right granted to a Participant under the
Plan allowing such Participant to purchase Shares at such price or prices and
during such period or periods as the Committee shall determine.



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         (t) 'Optionee' shall mean any Participant to whom an Option has been
granted under the Plan.

         (u) 'Option Price' shall mean the per share purchase price of Shares
subject to an Option.

         (v) 'Other Stock Unit Award' shall mean any right granted to a
Participant by the Committee pursuant to Section 10 hereof.

         (w) 'Participant' shall mean an Employee who is selected by the
Committee to receive an Award under the Plan.

         (x) 'Performance Award' shall mean any Award of Performance Shares or
Performance Units pursuant to Section 9 hereof.

         (y) 'Performance Period' shall mean that period established by the
Committee at the time any Performance Award is granted or at any time thereafter
during which any performance goals specified by the Committee with respect to
such Award are to be measured.

         (z) 'Performance Share' shall mean any grant pursuant to Section 9
hereof of a unit valued by reference to a designated number of Shares, which
value may be paid to the Participant by delivery of such property as the
Committee shall determine, including, without limitation, cash, Shares, or any
combination thereof, upon achievement of such performance goals during the
Performance Period as the Committee shall establish at the time of such grant or
thereafter.

         (aa) 'Performance Unit' shall mean any grant pursuant to Section 9
hereof of a unit valued by reference to a designated amount of property other
than Shares, which value may be paid to the Participant by delivery of such
property as the Committee shall determine, including, without limitation, cash,
Shares, or any combination thereof, upon achievement of such performance goals
during the Performance Period as the Committee shall establish at the time of
such grant or thereafter.

         (bb) 'Permitted Transferee' shall mean any member of the Immediate
Family of the Participant, any trust of which all of the primary beneficiaries
are the Participant or members of the Immediate Family of a Participant, or any
partnership of which all of the partners are the Participant or members of the
Immediate Family of the Participant. For purposes of this definition, the
'Immediate Family' of the Participant consists of the Participant's spouse,
children, stepchildren, grandchildren, parents, stepparents, siblings,
grandparents, nieces and nephews.

         (cc) 'Person' shall mean any individual, corporation, partnership,
association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, or
government or political subdivision thereof.

         (dd) 'Reload Option' shall mean an Option granted pursuant to Section
6(k) hereof.


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         (ee) 'Restricted Stock' shall mean any Share issued with the
restriction that the holder may not sell, transfer, pledge, or assign such Share
and with such other restrictions as the Committee, in its sole discretion, may
impose (including, without limitation, any restriction on the right to vote such
Share, and the right to receive any cash dividends), which restrictions may
lapse separately or in combination at such time or times, in installments or
otherwise, as the Committee may deem appropriate.

         (ff) 'Restricted Stock Award' shall mean an Award of Restricted Stock
pursuant to Section 8 hereof.

         (gg) 'SAR' shall mean any right granted to a Participant pursuant to
Section 7 hereof to receive, upon exercise by the Participant, an amount equal
to the number of Shares with respect to which the right is granted multiplied by
the excess of (i) the Fair Market Value of one Share on the date of exercise or,
if the Committee shall so determine in the case of any such right other than one
related to any Incentive Stock Option, at any time during a specified period
before the date of exercise, over (ii) the grant price of the right as specified
by the Committee.

         (hh)     'Shares' shall mean shares of the common stock of the Company.

         (ii) 'Tandem SAR' shall mean an Alternative Tandem SAR or a Cumulative
Tandem SAR.

         SECTION 3.  ADMINISTRATION.

         (a) General. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee. A
majority of the members of the Committee may determine its actions and fix the
time and place of its meetings. The Committee may appoint agents (who may be
employees of the Company) to assist in the administration of the Plan, and may
authorize such persons to execute agreements or other documents on its behalf.
The Committee may employ such legal counsel, consultants and agents as it may
deem desirable for the administration of the Plan, and may rely upon any opinion
received from any such counsel or consultant and any computation received from
any such consultant or agent. All expenses incurred in the administration of the
Plan, including for the engagement of any counsel, consultant or agent, shall be
paid by the Company. No member of the Committee shall be liable for any action
or determination made with respect to the Plan or any Award.

         (b) Power and Authority of Committee. The Committee shall have full
power and authority, in its sole discretion subject to the provisions of the
Plan, to:

            (i)    determine the Employees of the Company and its Affiliates to
         whom Awards may from time to time be granted hereunder;

            (ii)   determine the type or types of Award to be granted to each
         Participant hereunder;



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            (iii)  determine the number of Shares or other amount to be covered
         by each Award granted hereunder, subject to the limitations of Section
         4.

            (iv)   determine the terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the
         provisions of the Plan, of any Award granted hereunder;

            (v)    determine whether, to what extent and under what
         circumstances Awards may be settled in cash, Shares or other property
         or canceled or suspended;

            (vi)   determine whether, to what extent and under what
         circumstances cash, Shares and other property and other amounts payable
         with respect to an Award under this Plan shall be deferred either
         automatically or at the election of the Participant;

            (vii)  determine the existence or nonexistence of any fact or status
         relevant to Awards or the rights of Participants thereunder, including
         without limitation whether a Termination of Employment occurs by reason
         of cause, retirement, death or disability;

            (viii) construe and interpret the Plan, any Award Agreement, and any
         other instrument or agreement entered into under the Plan;

            (ix)   adjust performance award criteria or the terms and conditions
         of other Awards in recognition of unusual or nonrecurring events
         affecting the Company or its financial statements or changes in
         applicable laws, regulations or accounting principles;

            (x)    make such other determinations and waive such requirements as
         may be required or permitted by Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 or other
         provisions of the Plan;

            (xi)   administer the Plan and establish such rules and regulations,
         approve and prescribe such forms, and appoint such agents as it shall
         deem appropriate for the proper administration of the Plan;

            (xii)  correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any
         inconsistency in the Plan or any Award in the manner and to the extent
         it shall deem desirable to carry it into effect;

            (xiii) make any other determination and take any other action that
         the Committee deems necessary or desirable for administration of the
         Plan.

            In making such determinations, the Committee may take into
consideration the value of the services rendered by the respective individuals,
their present and potential contributions to the success of the Company and its
Affiliates and such other factors which the Committee may deem relevant in
accomplishing the purposes of the Plan. The Committee's determinations under the
Plan need not be uniform. The Committee may make such determinations selectively
among persons who receive, or are eligible to receive, Awards (whether or not
such persons are similarly situated). Decisions of the Committee shall be final,



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conclusive and binding upon all Persons, including the Company, any Participant,
any stockholder, and any employee of the Company or of any Affiliate.

         SECTION 4.  SHARES SUBJECT TO THE PLAN.

         (a) Aggregate Limit. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 15(h)
a total of 600,000 Shares are reserved for grant pursuant to Awards under the
Plan. Any Shares issued hereunder may consist, in whole or in part, of
authorized and unissued Shares or treasury Shares. Shares shall be charged
against the foregoing limit upon the grant of each Award (other than a
Performance Unit or Other Stock Unit not denominated in Shares) but if such
Shares are thereafter forfeited or such Award otherwise terminates without the
issuance of such Shares or of other consideration in lieu of such Shares, the
Shares so forfeited or related to the terminated portion of such Award shall be
restored to the foregoing limit and shall again be available for Awards under
the Plan. If Shares are applied to pay the Option Price upon exercise of an
Option or to pay federal, state and local taxes upon exercise of an Option or
other receipt of payment under an Award, the Shares so applied shall be added to
the foregoing limit and shall be available for Awards under the Plan.

         (b) Individual Annual Limits. Awards to any one individual in any one
calendar year shall be subject to the following limits:

             (i)    Options. The maximum number of Shares with respect to which
         Options may be granted during a calendar year to any Participant is
         200,000 Shares; provided, however, that if Reload Options are granted,
         the limitation of this subsection shall be equal to the sum of 200,000
         Shares plus the number of Shares subject to Reload Options granted to
         the Participant in such year, but in no event more than 400,000 Shares;

             (ii)   SARs. The maximum number of SARs (other than Alternative
         Tandem SARs) that may be granted during a calendar year to any
         Participant is 200,000;

             (iii)  Aggregate Options and SARs. The sum of the number of Shares
         with respect to which Options may be granted and the number of SARs
         (other than Alternative Tandem SARs) that may be granted in total
         during a calendar year to any Participant is 200,000; provided,
         however, that if Reload Options are granted and if Cumulative Tandem
         SARs are granted with respect to the Reload Options, the limitation of
         this subsection shall be equal to the sum of 200,000 plus the number of
         Cumulative Tandem SARs granted with respect to Reload Options to the
         Participant in such year, but in no event more than 400,000;

             (iv)   Other Share-Denominated Awards. The maximum number of Shares
         with respect to which Restricted Stock, Performance Shares, and Other
         Stock Units denominated in Shares in total may be granted during a
         calendar year to any Participant is 100,000 Shares;

             (v)    Dollar-Denominated Awards. The maximum dollar amount of
         compensation that may be represented by Performance Units and Other
         Stock Units not


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         denominated in Shares awarded during calendar year to any Participant
         is 150% of the Participant's annual base salary in effect on the date
         of the award multiplied by the number of years (and fractions thereof)
         in the Performance Period for Performance Units; and

             (vi)   Alternative Tandem SARs. Alternative Tandem SARs shall be
         subject to the limit on the Shares covered by the Options to which the
         Alternative Tandem SARs relate.

         SECTION 5. ELIGIBILITY. The Committee may grant Awards to any Employee
(excluding any member of the Committee). An Employee may be granted more than
one Award, but only on the terms and subject to the restrictions hereinafter set
forth.

         SECTION 6. STOCK OPTIONS.

         (a) Issuance. The Committee may grant Options hereunder to Participants
either alone or in addition to other Awards granted under the Plan.

         (b) Award Agreements. Any Option granted to a Participant under the
Plan shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement in such form as the Committee may
from time to time approve. The Committee may require that any Participant shall,
as consideration for the grant of the Option, agree in writing to remain in the
employ of the Company or of one of Affiliates, at the pleasure of the Company or
of such Affiliate, for at least one (1) year from the date of the granting of
such Option or until earlier termination of the Participant's employment
effected or approved by the Company or by such Affiliate, in which event if the
Participant violates such agreement, any Options still held by such person at
the time of such violation shall automatically terminate. The Committee may
waive this requirement in the case of any Participant. Any Option shall also be
subject to the following terms and conditions and to such additional terms and
conditions, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan, as the Committee
shall deem desirable.

         (c) Date of Granting of Options. The date of grant of a Reload Option
shall be determined in accordance with Section 6(k)(v). The date of grant of all
other Options shall be the date designated by the Committee as the date of
grant, provided that in no event shall the date of grant be earlier than the
date on which the Committee approves the grant.

         (d) Option Price. The Option Price per Share shall be determined by the
Committee in its sole discretion; provided that the Option Price shall not be
less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of the grant of
the Option. The proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Shares subject
to an Option shall be added to the general funds of the Company and used for its
corporate purposes.

         (e) Option Period. The term of each Option shall be fixed by the
Committee in its sole discretion and set forth in the Award Agreement, provided
that the Option and any related SAR shall not be exercisable after the
expiration of ten years from the date the Option was granted.


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         (f) Exercisability. Options shall be exercisable either in full or in
installments at such time or times as determined by the Committee at or
subsequent to grant, and set forth in the Award Agreement; provided that the
Committee may in its sole discretion subsequent to grant waive any restriction
on the exercise of an Option.

         (g) Method of Exercise. An Option shall be exercised by the delivery to
the Company (or an agent of the Company) during the period in which such Option
is exercisable of (x) written notice of exercise in a form acceptable to the
Committee for a specific number of Shares subject to the Option and (y) payment
in full of the Option Price of such specific number of Shares. Payment for the
Shares with respect to which an Option is exercised may be made by any one or
more of the following means:

             (i)    cash, negotiable personal check or electronic funds
         transfer;

             (ii) the Committee in its sole discretion may permit payment
         through tender of Mature Shares, valued at their Fair Market Value on
         the date of exercise; provided that the Committee may impose whatever
         restrictions it deems necessary or desirable with respect to such
         method of payment;

             (iii)  the Committee in its sole discretion may permit payment by
         submitting acceptable certification to the Committee of the ownership
         of Mature Shares, valued at their Fair Market Value on the date of
         exercise; in which event the Shares issued to the Optionee for the
         portion of any Option so exercised by shall not exceed the number of
         Shares covered by the such portion of the Option less the number of
         Shares for which proof of ownership is submitted in full or partial
         payment; or

             (iv)   the Committee in its sole discretion may permit payment
         through the sale of the Shares acquired on exercise of the Option
         through a broker-dealer to whom the Optionee has submitted an
         irrevocable notice of exercise and irrevocable instructions to deliver
         promptly to the Company the amount of sale or loan proceeds sufficient
         to pay for such Shares, together with, if requested by the Committee,
         the amount of federal, state, local or foreign withholding taxes
         payable by Optionee by reason of such exercise.

         (h) Incentive Stock Options. At the time of the grant of any Option,
the Committee may designate in the Award Agreement that such Option shall be an
Incentive Stock Option, which shall be subject to the following terms and
conditions.

             (i)    Option Term. The term of an Incentive Stock Option shall not
         exceed ten (10) years (five (5) years in the case of a 10% Owner) from
         the grant date, and shall be subject to earlier termination as provided
         in the Plan or in the applicable Award Agreement.

             (ii)   Option Price. The Option Price of an Incentive Stock Option
         shall (1) not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value on the grant
         date of the Shares subject to the Option, or (2) in the case of a 10%
         Owner, not be less than 110% of the Fair Market Value on the Grant Date
         of the Shares subject to the Options.


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             (iii)  $100,000 Limit. The aggregate Fair Market Value (determined
         as of the time of grant) of the Shares with respect to which Incentive
         Stock Options held by any Participant which are exercisable for the
         first time by such Participant during any calendar year under the Plan
         (and under any other benefit plans of the Company or of any parent or
         subsidiary corporation of the Company) shall not exceed $100,000 or, if
         different, the maximum limitation in effect at the time of grant under
         Section 422 of the Code, or any successor provision, and any
         regulations promulgated thereunder. To the extent the $100,000 Limit is
         exceeded, such Option shall be deemed to be a Nonstatutory Stock
         Option.

             (iv)   Grant Date. Each Incentive Stock Option shall be granted
         within 10 years from the earlier of the date the Plan is adopted or the
         date the Plan is approved by the stockholders of the Company.

             (v)    Disqualifying Disposition. Each Incentive Stock Option shall
         require the holder of Shares issued upon exercise of such Incentive
         Stock Options to notify the Committee of any disposition of such Shares
         under the circumstances described in Section 421(b) of the Code
         (relating to certain disqualifying dispositions), within 10 days of
         such disposition.

             (vi)   Nontransferrability. Notwithstanding Section 12, a
         Participant may not transfer an Incentive Stock Option otherwise than
         upon death by will or under the applicable laws of descent and
         distribution or by designation of a beneficiary pursuant to Section
         12(a); and during the lifetime of the Participant only the Participant
         may exercise an Incentive Stock Option.

             (vii)  Other Requirements. The terms of any Incentive Stock Option
         granted hereunder shall comply in all respects with the provisions of
         Section 422 of the Code, or any successor provision, and any
         regulations promulgated thereunder.

             (viii) Other Terms and Conditions. Except as otherwise provided
         in this subsection, all the provisions of the Plan shall apply to
         Incentive Stock Options.

         (i) Form of Settlement. In its sole discretion, the Committee may
provide, at the time of grant, that the Shares to be issued upon an Option's
exercise shall be in the form of Restricted Stock or other similar securities,
or may reserve the right so to provide after the time of grant.

         (j) Discretionary Share Withholding. The Committee in its sole
discretion may provide that when taxes are to be withheld in connection with the
exercise of an Option by delivering Shares in payment of the exercise price, or
an exercise of an SAR for stock, or upon the lapse of restrictions on Restricted
Stock received upon the exercise of an Option (the date on which such exercise
occurs or such restrictions lapse hereinafter referred to as the 'Tax Date'),
the Optionee may elect to make payment for the withholding of federal, state and
local taxes,


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including Social Security and Medicare ('FICA') taxes, up to the Optionee's
marginal tax rate, by one or both of the following methods:

             (i)    delivering part or all of the payment in previously-owned

         Mature Shares (which shall be valued at their Fair Market Value on the
         Tax Date);

             (ii)   requesting the Company to withhold from those Shares that

         would otherwise be received upon exercise of the Option, upon exercise
         of an SAR for stock, or upon the lapse of restrictions on Restricted
         Stock, a number of Shares having a Fair Market Value on the Tax Date
         equal to the amount to be withheld.

The Committee in its sole discretion may provide that the amount of tax
withholding to be satisfied by withholding Shares from the Option exercise shall
be the minimum amount of taxes, including FICA taxes, required to be withheld
under federal, state and local law, or shall be the entire amount of taxes,
including FICA taxes, required to be paid by Optionee under federal, state and
local law. An election by Optionee under this subsection is irrevocable. Any
fractional share amount and any additional withholding not paid by the
withholding or surrender of Shares must be paid in cash. If no timely election
is made, cash must be delivered to satisfy all tax withholding requirements.

         (k) Reload Options. In connection with Nonstatutory Stock Options,
including newly-granted Options or outstanding Options granted under the Plan,
the Committee may provide that an Optionee has the right to a Reload Option,
which except as otherwise provided by the Committee shall be subject to the
following terms and conditions:

             (i)    Grant of the Reload Option; Number of Shares, Price. Subject
         to paragraphs (ii) and (iii) of this subsection and to the availability
         of Shares to be optioned under the Plan, if a Participant has an Option
         (the 'Original Option') with reload rights and pays the Option Price by
         surrendering Shares or certifying to the ownership of Shares, or if
         Shares are withheld or surrendered for tax withholding, the Participant
         shall receive a Reload Option for the number of Shares so surrendered,
         certified or withheld with an Option Price equal to the Fair Market
         Value of a Share on the date of the exercise of the Original Option.

             (ii)   Minimum Purchase and Other Requirements. A Reload Option
         will be granted only if the exercise of the Original Option is an
         exercise of at least 25% of the total number of Shares granted under
         the original option (or an exercise of all the Shares remaining under
         the original option if less than 25% of the Shares remain to be
         exercised), and the Participant is an employee of the Company or an
         Affiliate on the date of exercise of the Original Option.

             (iii)  Term of Option. The Reload Option shall expire on the same
         date as the Original Option.

             (iv)   Type of Option. The Reload Option shall be a Nonstatutory
         Stock Option.


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             (v)    Date of Grant, Vesting. The date of grant of the Reload
         Option shall be the date of the exercise of the Original Option. The
         Reload Option shall be exercisable in full beginning one year from date
         of grant.

             (vi)   Other Terms and Conditions. Except as otherwise provided in
         this subsection, all the provisions of the Plan shall apply to Reload
         Options.

         SECTION 7.  STOCK APPRECIATION RIGHTS.

         (a) Issuance. The Committee may grant SARs hereunder to Participants
either alone or in addition to other Awards granted under the Plan. Such SARs
may, but need not, be Tandem SARs relating to a specific Option granted under
Section 6. Any Tandem SAR related to a Nonstatutory Stock Option may be granted
at the same time such Option is granted or at any time thereafter before
exercise or expiration of such Option. Any Tandem SAR related to an Incentive
Stock Option must be granted at the same time such Option is granted. The
Committee may impose such conditions or restrictions on the exercise of any SAR
as it shall deem appropriate.

         (b) Award Agreements. Any SAR granted to a Participant under the Plan
shall be evidenced by an Award Agreement in such form and the Committee may
approve (and which in the case of a Tandem SAR may be combined with the Award
Agreement under which the related Option is granted) and shall contain such
terms and conditions not inconsistent with other provisions of the Plan as shall
be determined from time to time by the Committee.

         (c) Grant Price. The grant price of a SAR shall be determined by the
Committee in its sole discretion; provided that the grant price shall not be
less than the lesser of 100% of the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date of
the grant of the SAR, or the Option Price under the Nonstatutory Stock Option to
which the SAR relates.

         (d) Exercise and Payment. Upon the exercise of SARs, an Optionee shall
be entitled to receive the value thereof. The Fair Market Value of a Share on
the date of exercise of SARs shall be determined in the same manner as the Fair
Market Value of a Share on the date of grant of an Option is determined. SARs
shall be deemed exercised on the date written notice of exercise in a form
acceptable to the Committee is received by the Secretary of the Company. Unless
the Award Agreement provides otherwise or reserves to the Committee or the
Participant or both the right to defer payment, the Company shall make payment
in respect of any SAR within five (5) days of the date the SAR is exercised. Any
payment by the Company in respect of a SAR may be made in cash, Shares, other
property, or any combination thereof, as the Committee, in its sole discretion,
shall determine.

         (e) Tandem SARs. Each Award Agreement evidencing Tandem SARs shall
clearly identify the Options to which it relates and the Tandem SAR shall be
subject to the following terms and conditions unless the Committee determines
otherwise:

             (i)    A Tandem SAR shall expire no later than the expiration of
         the related Option.


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             (ii)   A Tandem SAR shall be transferable only to the extent that
         the related Option is transferable pursuant to Section 12.

             (iii)  A Tandem SAR shall be exercisable at such time or times and
         only to the extent that the related Option is exercisable, and may be
         subject to further limitations on exercise as determined by the
         Committee.

         (f)      Grant of Limited Rights.

             (i)    The Committee in its sole discretion may grant Limited
         Rights upon or after the grant of any Option under the Plan. Each
         Limited Right shall be identified with a share of Stock subject to an
         Option of the Optionee. The number of Limited Rights granted to a
         Optionee shall equal the number of Shares subject to the Option with
         which such Limited Rights are identified. Upon the exercise,
         expiration, termination, forfeiture, or cancellation of an Optionee's
         Option, the Optionee's associated Limited Rights shall terminate.

             (ii)   Limited Rights shall become exercisable upon the occurrence
         of a Change of Control. Limited Rights shall be exercised by delivery
         to the Company, within 90 days after the date of such Change of
         Control, of written notice of intent to exercise specific Limited
         Rights. The exercise of Limited Rights shall result in the cancellation
         of the Option with which such Limited Rights are identified, to the
         extent of such exercise.

             (iii)  The Company shall notify all Optionees of the occurrence of
         a Change of Control promptly after its occurrence, but any failure of
         the Company so to notify shall not deprive any Optionee of any rights
         accruing hereunder by virtue of a Change of Control. Any such failure
         of the Company shall, if an Optionee does not otherwise know of the
         Change of Control, automatically extend the 90-day period specified
         above until 90 days after the Company notifies such Optionee or such
         Optionee otherwise knows of the Change of Control, whichever first
         occurs, but in no event beyond the maximum term of the identified
         Option specified in the applicable Award Agreement.

             (iv)   Within five business days after the exercise of any Limited
         Rights, the Company shall pay to the Optionee, in cash (except that the
         Committee may cause the Company to pay such amount in Shares if it
         determines that a payment in cash would cause transaction to be
         ineligible for pooling of interests accounting), an amount equal to the
         difference between (A) the Change of Control Value, and (B) the Option
         Price of the Option.

             (v)    'Change of Control Value' shall mean the greater of (A) the
         highest Fair Market Value of a Share during the 180-day period
         preceding the date of the Company's receipt of notice of exercise of
         Limited Rights, or (B) the cash amount (or fair cash value, as
         determined by the Committee in its sole discretion, of consideration
         other than cash), payable in respect of a Share to holders of Shares in
         connection with the Change of Control.


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         (g) Other Limitations. The Committee may at any time impose any other
limitations upon the exercise of SARs which, in the Committee's sole discretion,
are necessary or desirable in order to comply with Section 16(b) of the Exchange
Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, or in order to obtain any
exemption therefrom.

         SECTION 8.  RESTRICTED STOCK.

         (a) Issuance. The Committee may issue Restricted Stock Awards hereunder
to Participants, for no cash consideration or for such minimum consideration as
may be required by applicable law, either alone or in addition to other Awards
granted under the Plan. The granting of Restricted Stock shall take place on the
date the Committee determines to grant the Restricted Stock.

         (b) Registration. Any Restricted Stock issued hereunder may be
evidenced in such manner as the Committee in its sole discretion shall deem
appropriate, including, without limitation, book-entry registration or issuance
of a stock certificate or certificates. In the event any stock certificate is
issued in respect of shares of Restricted Stock awarded under the Plan, such
certificate shall be registered in the name of the Participant, shall bear an
appropriate legend referring to the terms, conditions, and restrictions
applicable to such Award, and shall be held in escrow by the Company. The
Participant shall execute a stock power or powers assigning the Shares of
Restricted Stock back to the Company, which stock powers shall be held in escrow
by the Company and used only in the event of the forfeiture of any of the Shares
of Restricted Stock.

         (c) Forfeiture. Except as otherwise determined by the Committee, no
Restricted Stock shall become free of restrictions prior to the date of the
first anniversary of the grant of the Restricted Stock. Unrestricted Shares,
evidenced in such manner as the Committee shall deem appropriate, shall be
issued to the Optionee promptly upon lapse of the period of forfeiture, as
determined or modified by the Committee.

         (d) Share Withholding. The Committee in its sole discretion may provide
that a Participant who recognizes income under the federal income tax by reason
of the lapsing of restrictions on Shares of Restricted Stock may elect Share
withholding pursuant to Section 6(j).

         SECTION 9.  PERFORMANCE AWARDS.

         (a) Issuance. The Committee may issue Performance Awards hereunder to
Participants, for no cash consideration or for such minimum consideration as may
be required by applicable law, either alone or in addition to other Awards
granted under the Plan. Except as provided in Section 13, Performance Awards
will be paid only after the end of the relevant Performance Period. Performance
Awards may be paid in cash, Shares, other property or any combination thereof,
in the sole discretion of the Committee at the time of payment. Performance
Awards may be paid in a lump sum or in installments following the close of the
Performance Period or, in accordance with procedures established by the
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         (b) Performance Measures. Unless and until the Committee proposes for
stockholder vote and stockholders approve a change in the general performance
measures set forth in this Section, the attainment of which shall determine the
degree of payout and/or vesting with respect to Awards, the performance
measure(s) to be used for purposes of such Awards shall be chosen from among the
following:

             (i)         Earnings either in the aggregate or on a per-share
         basis, before or after taxes, before or after depreciation and
         amortization, and before or after interest expense;

             (ii)        Net income (before or after taxes);

             (iii)       Operating income;

             (iv)        Cash flow;

             (v)         Return measures (including return on assets, equity,
         or sales);

             (vi)        Share price (including growth measures and total
         stockholder return or attainment by the Shares of a specified value for
         a specified period of time);

             (vii)       Reductions in expense levels in each case where
         applicable determined either in a Company-wide basis or in respect of
         any one or more business units;

             (viii)      Net economic value; or

             (ix)        Economic value added

         The degree of attainment of the preestablished performance goals
required for an Award and the amounts of Awards may not be adjusted after the
Award is granted, except that the Committee may retain the discretion to
decrease the amount of an Award.

         SECTION 10.  OTHER STOCK UNIT AWARDS.

         (a) Stock and Administration. The Committee may grant other Awards of
Shares and other Awards that are valued in whole or in part by reference to, or
are otherwise based on, Shares or other property ('Other Stock Unit Awards')
hereunder to Participants, either alone or in addition to other Awards granted
under the Plan. Other Stock Unit Awards may be paid in Shares, cash or any other
form of property as the Committee shall determine. Subject to the provisions of
the Plan, the Committee shall have sole and complete authority to determine the
Employees of the Company and its Affiliates to whom and the time or times at
which such Awards shall be made, the number of Shares to be granted pursuant to
such Awards, and all other conditions of the Awards, which may include, without
limitation, attainment of goals based upon the performance measures set forth in
Section 9(b). The provisions of Other Stock Unit Awards need not be the same
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         (b) Terms and Conditions. Subject to the provisions of this Plan and
any applicable Award Agreement, Shares subject to Awards made under this Section
10 may not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise encumbered prior
to the date on which the Shares are issued, or, if later, the date on which any
applicable restriction, performance or deferral period lapses. Shares granted
under this Section 10 may be issued for no cash consideration or for such
minimum consideration as may be required by applicable law.

         Section 11. Termination of Employment. Except as otherwise provided in
this Section, all Awards not vested shall terminate upon a Participant's
Termination of Employment. For purposes of this Section, a Participant's
Termination of Employment occurs on the last day on which the Participant
performs services for the Company or an Affiliate as an employee; or if earlier
on the date on which an Affiliate which employs the Participant ceases to be an
Affiliate (unless the Participant continues to be employed by the Company or an
Affiliate which continues to be an Affiliate).

               (a)      Options and SARs.

                  (i)     Except as otherwise provided in this Section, upon a
               Participant's Termination of Employment, all Options and SARs not
               vested and exercisable immediately before such Termination of
               Employment shall terminate and no Option or SAR may be exercised
               after such Termination of Employment.

                  (ii)    If Termination of Employment occurs for a reason other
               than retirement, death, disability or cause, Options and SARS
               which were vested and exercisable immediately before such
               Termination of Employment shall remain exercisable for a period
               of 90 days following such Termination of Employment (but not for
               more than ten years from the grant date of the Option) and shall
               then terminate.

                  (iii)   If Termination of Employment occurs by reason of
               retirement, death or disability, Options and SARS which were
               vested and exercisable immediately before such Termination of
               Employment shall remain exercisable for a period of one year
               following such Termination of Employment (but not for more than
               ten years from the grant date of the Option) and shall then
               terminate.

               (b)        Restricted Stock. Except as otherwise provided in this
         Section, upon a Participant's Termination of Employment, all Shares of
         Restricted Stock still subject to restrictions shall be forfeited by
         the Participant (and the Participant shall sign any document and take
         any other action required to assign such Shares back to the Company)
         and reacquired by the Company.

               (c)         Performance Awards:

                  (i)     If Termination of Employment occurs during a
               Performance Period for a reason other than retirement, disability
               or death, all Performance Awards shall be forfeited upon such
               Termination of Employment.



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                  (ii)    If Termination of Employment occurs during a
               Performance Period by reason of retirement, disability or death,
               the Participant shall be entitled to payment at or after
               conclusion of the Performance Period in accordance with the terms
               of the Award of that portion of the Performance Award equal to
               the amount that would be payable if the Participant continued in
               employment for the remainder of the Performance Period multiplied
               by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days in
               the Performance Period preceding such Termination of Employment
               and the denominator of which is the total number of days in the
               Performance Period. 

               (d) Waiver by Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions
         of this Section, the Committee may in its sole discretion as to all or
         part of any Award as to any Participant, at the time the Award is
         granted or thereafter, determine that Awards shall become exercisable
         or vested upon a Termination of Employment, determine that Awards shall
         continue to become exercisable or vested in full or in installments
         after Termination of Employment, extend the period for exercise of
         Options or SARs following Termination of Employment (but not beyond ten
         years from the date of grant of the Option or SAR), or provide that any
         Performance Award shall in whole or in part not be forfeited upon such
         Termination of Employment.

         SECTION 12.       TRANSFERABILITY OF AWARDS

         (a) No Award shall be transferable by the Participant otherwise than
upon death by will or under the applicable laws of descent and distribution;
except that a Participant may, by written instrument in a manner specified by
the Committee in the Award Agreement or thereafter, designate in writing a
beneficiary to exercise an Option or otherwise receive payment under any Award
after the death of the Participant. The Committee in its sole discretion may
authorize the transfer of a Nonstatutory Stock Option for no consideration to a
Permitted Transferee. If an Option is transferred under this Section, any Tandem
SAR related to such Option shall be automatically transferred together with such
Option.

         (b) Following the transfer of an Option to a Permitted Transferee, the
Permitted Transferee shall have all of the rights and obligations of the
Participant to whom the Option was granted and such Participant shall not retain
any rights with respect to the transferred Option, except that (i) the payment
of any tax attributable to the exercise of the Option shall remain the
obligation of the Participant, and (ii) the period during which the Option shall
become exercisable or remain exercisable under Section 11 shall depend on the
employment status of the original Optionee.

         (c) If for any reason an Option or SAR is exercised by a person other
than the original Participant, or payment or distribution under any other Award
is to be made to a person other than the original Participant, the person
exercising or receiving payment or distribution under such Award shall, as a
condition to such exercise or receipt, supply the Committee with such evidence
as the Committee may reasonably require to establish the identity of such person
and such person's right to exercise or receive payment or distribution under
such Award.



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         (d) No Award shall be assigned, negotiated or pledged in any way
(whether by operation of law or otherwise) except as permitted by Section 12(a),
and no Award shall be subject to execution, attachment or similar process.

         SECTION 13.  CHANGE IN CONTROL.

         (a) In order to maintain the Participants' rights in the event of any
Change in Control of the Company, as hereinafter defined, the Committee, as
constituted before such Change in Control, may, in its sole discretion, as to
any Award, either at the time an Award is made hereunder or any time thereafter,
take any one or more of the following actions: (i) provide for the acceleration
of any time periods relating to the exercise or realization of any such Award so
that such Award may be exercised or realized in full on or before a date fixed
by the Committee; (ii) provide for the purchase of any such Award with or
without the Participant's consent for an amount of cash equal to the amount that
could have been attained upon the exercise of such Award or realization of the
Participant's rights had such Award been currently exercisable or payable or
exercisable or payable during a stipulated period prior to the Change of
Control; (iii) make such adjustment to any such Award then outstanding as the
Committee deems appropriate to reflect such Change in Control; or (iv) cause any
such Award then outstanding to be assumed, or new rights substituted therefor,
by the acquiring or surviving corporation after such Change in Control. The
Committee may, in its discretion, include such further provisions and
limitations respecting a Change in Control in any Award Agreement as it may deem
equitable and in the best interests of the Company.

         (b)       A 'Change in Control' shall be deemed to have occurred if:

               (i) for any reason at any time less than seventy-five percent
         (75%) of the members of the Board shall be individuals who fall into
         any of the following categories: (A) individuals who were members of
         the Board on the Effective Date; or (B) individuals whose election, or
         nomination for election by the Company's stockholders (other than an
         election or nomination of an individual (an 'Excluded Individual')
         whose initial assumption of office ins in connection with an actual or
         threatened 'election contest' relating to the election of the directors
         of the Company (as such term is used in Rule 14a-11 under the Exchange
         Act), a 'tender officer' (as such term is used in Section 14(d) of the
         Exchange Act) or a proposed transaction described in (iii) below) was
         approved by a vote of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the
         members of the Board then still in office who were members of the Board
         on the Effective Date; or (C) individuals (other than Excluded
         Individuals) whose election, or nomination for election, by the
         Company's stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least seventy-five
         percent (75%) of the members of the Board then still in office who were
         elected in the manner described in (A) or (B) above; or

               (ii) any 'person' (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and
         14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) or 'group' (as such term is defined in
         Sections 3(a)(9) and 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) shall have become
         after the Effective Date,



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         according to a public announcement or filing, the 'beneficial owner'
         (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or
         indirectly, of securities of the Company representing thirty percent
         (30%) or more (calculated in accordance with Rule 13d-3) of the
         combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding voting
         securities; or

               (iii) the stockholders of the Company shall have approved a
         merger, consolidation or dissolution of the Company, or a sale, lease,
         exchange or disposition of all or substantially all of the Company's
         assets, if persons who were the beneficial owners of the combined
         voting power of the Company's voting securities immediately before any
         such merger, consolidation, dissolution, sale, lease, exchange or
         disposition do not immediately thereafter beneficially own, directly or
         indirectly, in substantially the same proportions, more than 60% of the
         combined voting power of the corporation resulting from any such
         transaction.

         (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary,
(i) in the event that the consummation of a Change in Control is contingent on
using pooling of interests accounting methodology; the Committee may take any
action necessary to preserve the use of pooling of interests accounting, and
(ii) if the Committee determines, in its discretion exercised prior to a sale or
merger of the Company (whether or not in connection with a Change in Control)
that in the Committee's judgment is reasonably likely to occur, that the
exercise of Awards would preclude the use of pooling-of-interests accounting
('pooling') after the consummation of such sale or merger and that such
preclusion of pooling would have a material adverse effect on such sale or
merger, the Committee may (A) unilaterally cancel such Awards prior to the sale
or merger in consideration for reasonably equivalent value, (B) cause the
Company to pay the benefit attributable to such Awards in the form of Shares if
the Committee determines that such payment would not cause the transaction to
become ineligible for pooling, (C) defer the payment, distribution or exercise
date of any Award, or (D) substitute another form of Award of reasonably
equivalent value; in each case to the extent that the Committee determines that
such cancellation, payment, deferral or substitution would not cause the
transaction to become ineligible for pooling; and only in each case to the
minimum extent reasonably necessary to cause the transaction to become eligible
for pooling.

         SECTION 14. AMENDMENTS AND TERMINATION. The Board may amend, alter or
discontinue the Plan, but no amendment, alteration, or discontinuation shall be
made that would impair the rights of a Participant under an Award theretofore
granted without the Participant's consent except as required to comply with
securities, tax or other laws.

         The Committee may amend the terms of any Award theretofore granted,
prospectively or retroactively, but no such amendment shall adversely affect the
rights of any Participant without the Participant's consent, except as provided
in subsection 9(b) or subsection 12(c) or except as required to comply with
securities, tax or other laws. The Committee may also substitute new Awards for
Awards previously granted to Participants, including without limitation
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         SECTION 15.  GENERAL PROVISIONS.

         (a) The term of each Award shall be for such period of months or years
from the date of its grant as may be determined by the Committee; provided that
in no event shall the term of any Option or any SAR exceed a period of ten (10)
years from the date of its grant.

         (b) No Employee or Participant shall have any claim to be granted any
Award under the Plan and there is no obligation for uniformity of treatment of
Employees or Participants under the Plan.

         (c) The prospective recipient of any Award under the Plan shall not,
with respect to such Award, be deemed to have become a Participant, or to have
any rights with respect to such Award, until and unless the Committee shall have
executed an Award Agreement evidencing the Award and delivered a fully executed
copy thereof to the Participant.

         (d) Nothing contained in the Plan or in any Award Agreement shall
confer upon any Participant any right with respect to continuance of employment
by the Company or its Affiliates, nor interfere in any way with the right of the
Company or its Affiliates to terminate the Participant's employment or change
the Participant's compensation at any time.

         (e) All certificates for Shares delivered under the Plan pursuant to
any Award shall be subject to such stock-transfer orders and other restrictions
as the Committee may deem advisable under the rules, regulations, and other
requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, any stock exchange upon
which the Shares are then listed, and any applicable Federal or state securities
law, and the Committee may cause a legend or legends to be put on any such
certificates to make appropriate reference to such restrictions.

         (f) Receipt of an Option or other Award shall not entitle any
Participant (or Permitted Transferee) to any rights as a shareholder of the
Company unless and until such Option has been exercised or such other Award
shall have been paid and the Shares purchased or paid thereunder shall have been
duly issued and recorded in the name of the Participant (or Permitted
Transferee) on the stock transfer books of the Company; provided, however, that:

               (i) Subject to the provisions of this Plan and any Award
         Agreement, the recipient of an Award (including, without limitation,
         any deferred Award) may, if so determined by the Committee, be entitled
         to receive, currently or on a deferred basis, dividends with respect to
         the number of Shares covered by the Award or interest on the amount of
         an Award not denominated in Shares as determined by the Committee, in
         its sole discretion, and the Committee may provide that such amounts
         (if any) shall be deemed to have been reinvested in additional Shares
         or otherwise reinvested; and

               (ii) The recipient of a Restricted Stock Award shall be entitled
         to all rights of a shareholder of the Company upon issuance of such
         Restricted Stock pursuant to Section 8(b) except to the extent
         otherwise provided in the restrictions or other provisions of the Award
         Agreement pursuant to which such Restricted Stock Award is made.


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         (g) Except as otherwise required in any applicable Award Agreement or
by the terms of the Plan, recipients of Awards under the Plan shall not be
required to make any payment or provide consideration other than the rendering
of services.

         (h) In the event of any merger, reorganization, consolidation,
recapitalization, stock dividend, stock split, spin-off or other change in
corporate structure affecting the Shares, such adjustment shall be made in the
aggregate number and class of Shares which may be delivered under the Plan, in
the number, class and option price of Shares subject to outstanding Options
granted under the Plan, and in the value of, or number or class of Shares
subject to, Awards granted under the Plan as may be determined to be appropriate
by the Committee, in its sole discretion, provided that the number of Shares
subject to any Award shall always be a whole number. The grant of Awards stock
pursuant to the Plan shall not affect in any way the right or power of the
Company to make adjustments, reclassifications, reorganizations or changes in
its capital or business structure or to merge or to consolidate or to dissolve,
liquidate, or sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.

         (i) The Company shall be authorized to withhold from any Award granted
or payment due under the Plan or any other amount owing from the Company to the
Participant (whether or not for payment of compensation) the amount of
withholding taxes due with respect to an Award or payment hereunder and to take
such other action as may be necessary in the opinion of the Company to satisfy
all obligations for the payment of such taxes. The Company shall also be
authorized to accept the delivery of shares by a Participant in payment for the
withholding of federal, state and local taxes up to the Participant's marginal
tax rates.

         (j) Nothing contained in this Plan shall prevent the Board of Directors
from adopting other or additional compensation arrangements.

         (k) The validity, construction, and effect of the Plan and any rules
and regulations relating to the Plan shall be determined in accordance with the
laws of the State of Delaware and applicable Federal law.

         (l) If any provision of this Plan is or becomes or is deemed invalid,
illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, or would disqualify the Plan or
any Award under any law deemed applicable by the Committee, such provision shall
be construed or deemed amended to conform to applicable laws or if it cannot be
construed or deemed amended without, in the determination of the Committee,
materially altering the intent of the Plan, it shall be stricken and the
remainder of the Plan shall remain in full force and effect.

         (m) All obligations of the Company under the Plan with respect to
Awards granted hereunder shall be binding on any successor to the Company.
Successor is the result of a direct or indirect merger, consolidation, or
otherwise of all the business of the Company.

         (n) The adoption of this Plan shall not be construed to amend or
terminate the Company's 1995 Employee Stock Option Plan (the 'Prior Plan') or
any outstanding option or other award thereunder; and the aggregate number of
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Plan shall not be increased or reduced by Shares available under the Prior Plan
as of the Effective Date.

         SECTION 16. TERM OF PLAN. No Award shall be granted pursuant to the
Plan after 10 years from the Effective Date, but any Award theretofore granted
may extend beyond that date.

         This Plan is adopted this 30th day of July, 1998. In witness whereof,
the Company has caused this Plan to be executed by a duly authorized officer.

                               SALTON/MAXIM HOUSEWARES, INC.


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