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NEMA and ESFI Note Passing of Industry Pioneer Harold Leviton

09/11/2007 9:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) extend condolences to the Leviton family and the employees of the Leviton family of companies upon the death of industry leader Harold Leviton.

“Almost every building in America contains at least one Leviton product,” said NEMA President and Chief Executive Officer Evan Gaddis. “Harold built the company his father started into a global enterprise that stood for quality. It has been an honor to work with him, and he will be greatly missed.”

Harold Leviton served on ESFI’s Board of Directors and, at 30 years of service, was one of the longest-serving governors in NEMA’s history. He was a driving force behind establishing NEMA as a leader in standards development.

“Harold’s mission went beyond selling products,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. ”Quality and safety were paramount to him, and his dedication to those ideals made him an icon in the industry.”

Under Harold Leviton’s direction, the company has made a strong commitment to research and development, integrating the latest technologies into its products in the interest of performance and safety.

In addition to his seat on NEMA’s board, Leviton had served as chairman of the Wiring Devices section and chairman of the Building Equipment Division from 1976 to 1979. He is the only person to have been named as a NEMA director emeritus, which made him an honorary member of the board for life.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

Founded in 1994 through a joint effort between Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is North America's only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home and workplace. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by electrical manufacturers and distributors, independent testing laboratories, utilities, safety and consumer groups, and trade and labor associations. ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns and proactive media relations to help reduce property damage, personal injury and death due to electrical accidents. The Foundation does not engage in code or standard writing or lobbying and does not solicit individuals. For additional electrical safety information, visit the Foundation's Web site at www.electrical-safety.org or call 703-841-3229.

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