Changing of the guard: Paul
Pennington (left) will be temporarily replacing George Pellington
(right), who stepped down as president late this
With the departure of its president, Vac-Alert Industries has named a temporary replacement and hired a company for its marketing and sales.
George Pellington, an original inventor of the company’s
safety vacuum release systems and president since last year,
stepped down late this month. A civil sanitary engineer, he has
taken a position with Water Treatment & Controls Co., a
producer of water and wastewater equipment in Pensacola, Fla.
Pellington also will leave his posts on various pool and spa
industry technical committees. He will remain a Vac-Alert
stockholder and be available to offer technical advice and
assistance to the firm.
In the wake of Pellington’s exit, the company has made two
changes. Temporarily taking the helm will be Pellington’s
immediate predecessor, Paul Pennington, who has been named acting
president and managing member. The outspoken advocate for
SVRS’s ended his tenure last year to head up the Pool Safety
Council, an organization composed primarily of safety-product
manufacturers. Pennington said he will continue to run PSC while
temporarily leading Vac-Alert.
In addition, Vac-Alert has contracted with safety product
manufacturer New Water Solutions of Topton, N.C., to take over
marketing and sales of Vac-Alert’s product line. Overseeing
the sales and marketing through a network of independent
contractors had previously been part of Pellington’s duties.
“Vac-Alert will just be a manufacturing company,”
New Water Solutions principal Ron Schroader previously worked for
Vac-Alert and drain manufacturer Triodyne Safety Systems, and has
participated in several safety-code development committees.
“Ron Schroader is dedicated to children’s safety and
safety products in general, so he’s the perfect solution to
handle Vac-Alert marketing,” Pennington explained.
Pellington, the departing president, is recognized not only as a
key player in the invention and development of Vac-Alert’s
product line, but as an educator about the technology. “I
think George [made] major inroads in communication between all
parties involved in standards and regulations,” Pennington
said. “He is an engineer who has the ability to speak in
laymen’s terms so that people understood the technology
Schroader viewed Pellington as a calming influence on the sometimes
heated debate surrounding safety products.
“He was always the voice of reason,” Schroader said.
“He never had knee-jerk reactions; he never raised his voice.
The industry’s losing a very powerful, intelligent