TouchSensor Technologies Pump Switches Now Available Through Grainger

Wheaton, IL, April 6, 2011/PRnewswire/ -- TouchSensor™ Technologies, a division of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) today announced that the LevelGuard™ Electronic Sump Pump Switch has added Grainger to its distribution network.

The LevelGuard sump pump switch utilizes TouchSensor’s patented Field-Effect technology to detect water at upper and lower switch points. Packaged in a fully encapsulated housing and easily mounted to the sump pit’s ejector pipe, LevelGuard employs the same solid-state switching technology used for over a decade in automotive, appliance, commercial and industrial applications.

“Understanding the industry-wide failure issues with conventional float switches, LevelGuard Electronic Sump Pump Switches provide plumbing contractors with a robust solution to the number one cause of basement flooding,” said Dave Dzioba, TouchSensor’s Director of Standard Products. “Given Grainger’s presence in the maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) markets, we are extremely pleased about this new relationship.”

“Now more than ever, businesses and institutions of all sizes are counting on Grainger for quick, easy access to all of their facilities maintenance supplies," said Fred Costello, Vice President, Product Management, Grainger. "We’re pleased to now provide our customers with this new technology to meet their needs, especially as we enter into the spring season.”

The LevelGuard Electronic Sump Pump Switch has been assigned Grainger part number 6RHW8.

About LevelGuard
Established as a separate brand for fluid level solutions, the LevelGuard electronic sump pump switch provides a solution for plumbing contractors and homeowners that need to eliminate sump pump switch failure. Recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), LevelGuard’s proprietary solid-state design for fluid detection and pump switching will work for more than 1,500,000 cycles under normal sump pit conditions. Please visit to learn more.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. 

About TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
TouchSensor Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methode Electronics (NYSE: MEI), is a market leader in solid-state User-Interface and Fluid Sensing products. Since its inception in 1997, TouchSensor products have been successfully used by many of the world’s best brands in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications with nearly 200 million Field-Effect sensors sold. Please visit to learn more.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions with manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Further information can be found at Methode's website at