Legrand/Pass & Seymour GFCI Receptacles Meet Provisions of Buy American Act

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2009) - Legrand/Pass & Seymour, a leading manufacturer of electrical wiring devices and home systems, now offers a wide variety of NAFTA-compliant ground fault circuit interrupters. In addition to meeting provisions of the Buy American Act, necessary for Federal Stimulus projects, these GFCIs include the same exceptional safety and tamper-resistant features known to the Legrand/Pass & Seymour product family.

Meeting the 2008 NEC® tamper-resistant requirements, each GFCI receptacle includes a built-in shutter system to prevent children from inserting metal objects into the socket and touching electrically live components. Plugs can be inserted as usual, and the improved shutter design doesn't require additional force to remove the plug from the receptacle.

Like all Legrand/Pass & Seymour GFCIs, the NAFTA-compliant products include the company's advanced SafeLock(TM) Protection to shut off power to the receptacle if there's a ground fault, if the GFCI is miswired or if it fails. They also exceed UL 943 surge requirements, surviving 100 times the required voltage surge test cycles. The GFCIs meet Federal Specification requirements, considered the quality standard and necessary for many government projects.

"We invented the first GFCI and have remained innovators in this category for nearly 40 years, continuously expanding and improving the product line," said Bill Timmons, marketing manager of residential products at Legrand/Pass & Seymour. "The addition of tamper-resistant features gives us an even more complete product offering, and we take great pride in making these devices available under the Buy American Act."

With an estimated $5 billion earmarked for electrical-related construction spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known as the economic stimulus program, ensuring the availability of trade-agreement-compliant devices is crucial. Legrand/Pass & Seymour also offers a range of commercial and industrial products that make the company a preferred choice for government projects.

For more information on NAFTA-compliant GFCIs, contact your Legrand/Pass & Seymour representative or visit www.legrand.us/passandseymour.

Legrand/Pass & Seymour is a leading provider of electrical wiring devices, home systems and accessories in North America. For more information, call 1-800-776-4035 or visit www.legrand.us.

About The Legrand Group

Legrand is the global leader in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks where people live and work. Employing over 30,000 people worldwide, Legrand reported net sales exceeding $5.8 billion in 2008. The company holds over 5,000 active patents, with nearly 170,000 catalog items divided into 95 product families. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of products that includes Cablofil, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is actively expanding its market divisions that include Electrical Wiring Systems, Home Systems, Lighting Controls and Commercial Datacom. Committed to providing a steady flow of innovative new products with high added value, Legrand invests 4-5% of sales in R&D. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120, FTSE4Good and MSCI World (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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