Tromco Nabs Repair Job

Minnesota electric outfit to handle first stage of pump house repair project

Everyone feels better when a local business gets awarded a local project. Especially when it cuts costs and averts further downtime. In upstate Minnesota, where lakes are sometimes more frequent than towns, let’s consider 25 miles a ‘local’ radius. 

Chisholm, Minnesota-based Tromco Electric will be responsible for the first stage of repairs to the fifth street pump house in Nashwauk, a town of less than 1,000 people in the north-central section of the Gopher State. Chisholm itself has a population of just over 5,000. At a recent Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission (NPUC) meeting, commissioners awarded the first phase of the pump house repair project to lowest bidder Tromco Electric for $45,400, according to a report by Cole Perry in the Hibbing Daily Tribune, a news source in the town located in between the two.

Tromco was one of only three bidders who met specs for the project.

Perry’s report details the pump house as a vital water source for Nashwauk. Its repairs will include pump motor replacement, controls and electrical upgrading, and HVAC work and relocation of the flouride room. The public utilities commission saw an ace in Tromco as a general contractor that could accomplish all three parts of the project: main electrical work, control panel work, pump motor and installations. Price point was crucial, too: the original estimates for the electrical work came in at around $79,400, according to Perry.

Other improvements include repairing the building itself, which is estimated to cost $46,800, and installing mechanical upgrades, which include repainting the piping and replacing the valves and meters, estimated to cost $34,000.

Tromco expected a six to eight week lead time on certain items, another incentive for the commission to act quickly.

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