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Legrand Donates Pass & Seymour® Wiring Devices to Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, NY


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (October 15, 2014). – Legrand, a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, today announced that it has donated a number of Pass & Seymour® wiring devices for a new house built for the Clear Path for Veterans (Clear Path) organization in Chittenango, NY.

Clear Path for Veterans was established in 2011 by co-founders Melissa Spicer, Steve Kinne MD (ret), MPH Col. (ret.) USAF, and Melinda Sorrentino. They shared a vision that returning veterans needed a “landing pad” to decompress, reintegrate, and realize wellness. Veterans work with Clear Path to overcome barriers to reintegration and Clear Path’s numerous programs and services focus on three methods to accomplish this: peer-to-peer mentoring, self-care and community involvement.

The house will accommodate a veteran family immersed in the Dogs2Vets training program. The veteran will serve as a caretaker for rescue dogs that will be trained by returning war veterans to be service dogs. Some devices were installed in a small area of the home that will house the dogs as they acclimate from their life in a shelter to a warm and caring family home environment.

The donated Pass & Seymour devices included a number of tamper-resistant GFCIs and receptacles, dimmers, switches, wall plates, wall boxes, and ceiling boxes.

The installation was done by members of the Onondaga Metropolitan Electrical Contractors Association (OMECA), Inc., a non-profit that has been in existence for 50 years. All the wire and other fittings were donated by contractors and suppliers that OMECA normally works with in day to day business.

“We are very grateful for the tremendous support of our community coming together to help build our ‘Home for the Brave.’ Legrand’s donation of Pass & Seymour electrical devices along with Onondaga Metropolitan Electrical Contractors Association installing fixtures and wiring the entire home in one day is a wonderful example of this. It shows great leadership within the community,” said Gary S. Yaple, Executive Director, Clear Path for Veterans. “This generous donation directly supports a combat veteran and his family who will live in the home while fully immersed in our Dogs2Vets program. It also demonstrates how communities can step up and actively participate in the veteran reintegration process.”

The house in which the Pass & Seymour wiring devices were installed is located on a picturesque piece of land that straddles both Madison and Onondaga counties, about 13 miles southeast of the Syracuse VA medical center. It offers miles of breathtaking views to the north from Lake Oneida to Oswego.

“It gives us great pleasure to provide some electrical products to our brave veterans who have served our country so selflessly,” said Bill Timmons, marketing manager of residential products for Legrand Electrical Wiring Systems. “We also commend Clear Path for Veterans for the great work that they do as well as the members of OMECA for their donation of time and materials.”

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Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us