NOTICE! UL Finds Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods With Fake Listing Number

HARRISBURG, N.C.- Underwriters Laboratories recently posted a public notice to alert Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), electrical contractors, electricians and retailers of counterfeit copper-coated ground rods that carry a UL symbol along with a fake listing mark.

The thickness of the copper plating for these ground rods does not comply with U.S. and Canadian Standards for Safety.  It is unknown whether the ground rods are suitble to ensure an adequate ground path.
The listing number, 4X41, that is stamped on the rods appears to be something that someone simply made up.  The rods are most likely imported although the country of origin has not been determined.
The rods in question are ¾" x 8' copper coated rods. Galvan Industries has confirmed with UL that there is no "4X41" listing for any copper-coated ground rod of any diameter or length.
Galvan Electrical fully supports UL, CSA, ETL and other recognized testing in their policing of their marks on ground rods and other electrical products.

Galvan reps and distributors are asked to contact Roger Montambo, Vice President of Electrical Products for Galvan, if these counterfeit rods are found in their areas. This will help Galvan stay informed about the extent of the problem throughout their markets nationwide.

For more nearly 40 years, Galvan ground rods and electrical products have been used in residential, commercial and industrial applications including cable TV, lightning protection, power generation and telecommunications. Galvan manufactures listed copper-coated, hot-dip galvanized and stainless steel ground rods, plus solid copper ground rods and related electrical products.

Made in America and manufactured to meet applicable UL, RUS, CSA, ASTM, ANSI and NEMA requirements, Galvan ground rod products are stocked at strategic sites around the country to assure fast deliveries.

For more information, or to place an order, contact Galvan Industries at 1- 800-277-5678, Fax (704) 455-5215. Visit Galvan on the web at


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