Pumping Station

News from Sulzer, Flowserve, and the City of Fountains

Pump the brakes…it’s a fluid control round-up. As always, please let our editors know if you have anything to add from any of the pump industries.

Iconic 92-year old Kansas City fountain being repaired with help of resident campaign. Kansas City is affectionately known as the City of Fountains. So when one of their man-made geysers goes down, it’s public interest to help get it back up and running.

While the City of Fountains Foundation has already provided aid for eight city fountains to the tune of $3.5 million, it had reached its limit when the 92-year old Sea Horse Fountain at Meyer Circle in the city’s Stratford Gardens neighborhood broke down in 2015. Now, thanks to private fundraising that will supplement public funds from the Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Board, the Sea Horse is expected to be up and running by this summer.

The Sea Horse Fountain, not to be confused with the other Sea Horse Fountain at City Hall, requires repairs estimated at around $605,000. Extensive work will replace the pump, motor and electrical systems that were damaged by flooding in the fountain’s underground vault. Additional refurbishment to the circular pool basin, water pipes and jets and masonry also will be done, reported Dianne Stafford of the Kansas City Star.

Sulzer begins construction on new facility, acquires Ensival Moret. As part of the company’s continued investment program, Sulzer Ltd., of Winterthur, Switzerland is building a new pump services facility in Pasadena, Tex., intended to expand its North American network. The facility will be adjacent to Sulzer’s existing electromechanical service center with the goal of creating a regional headquarters for pump services. It will provide increased pump maintenance capacity as well as additional technical support, according to a company press release.

Construction began with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 13, 2017 and the facility is due to open in late fall of 2017. The project aims to expand the network of service centers that provide cutting-edge services to customers in order to help minimize lead times for pump services, maintenance, repair and refurbishment.

Sulzer also announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ensival Moret, a part of Moret Industries located in Thimister-Clermont, Belgium. Ensival Moret will be integrated into Sulzer’s Pumps Equipment division. Combining the complementary product portfolios enables Sulzer to become a full line supplier in most industrial process applications, according to a statement from Sulzer.

Flowserve appoints new CEO. Flowserve Corporation announced Wednesday that R. Scott Rowe has been appointed president and CEO of the company, effective April 1, 2017.

Rowe succeeds Mark Blinn, who previously announced his intention to retire, according to a statement from Flowserve. Rowe will also join the Flowserve Board of Directors.

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