Pumping World News Blog

USACE SWAT TEAM - Focus on Flooding

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 @ 15:11 PM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli President/CFO

As a company whose core technology was inspired by Eastern Montana’s need for flood irrigation pumps, the transformation of Crisafulli's PTO-powered trailer pump to a Flood Fighting tool is an All-American (plus immigrant) legend.

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We are particularly proud this week of the Flood Fighters of the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), our friends from Rock Island, Illinois, who deployed to combat the effects of Hurricane Sandy floods in the subways and tunnels of Manhattan.  As featured in the Wall Street Journal, the team used dry-prime pumps manufactured by our colleagues at Xylem, Gorman-Rupp, Franklin Electric and Andrew Sykes Group to dry out the tunnels.  Governor Cuomo praised the USACE’s Flood Fighting SWAT team. 

According to Design Engineer Isaiah Helm, the Crisafulli trailer pumps, particularly PTO-powered  trailer pumps, which the USACE has purchased in quantity, are deployed in smaller cities and rural areas throughout the country. In these areas, tractors are readily available and it’s easier to access the water, so the power take-off advantages can be utilized. 

Here are several examples of how the USACE recommends or utilizes Crisafulli pumps:

As we pause for a moment to reflect on the PTO (power take-off) feature of our core product, we tip our hat in appreciation to International Harvester’s pioneering work installing a PTO on their production tractor in 1920.  Who can calculate the total benefits of the power take-off feature, which allows accessories such as the Crisafulli Trailer Pump to draw energy from the tractor engine? 

We end this week's blog with a visit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England Facebook page - where we found a great photo of portable generators from one of our favorite vendors:  Baldor!

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“Generators from small to large are being serviced and tested as power is restored to areas of New York and New Jersey that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. As power is restored and the generators are no longer needed by municipalities, they are being routed to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst so they can be sent back to their owners. The New England District has several people deployed to the New Jersey Recovery Field Office, Lincroft, New Jersey, to help with FEMA mission requirements and as part of the Federal disaster response team.”

Topics: crisafulli, pumps, Xylem, USACE, US Army Corp of Engineers

Who Likes to Solve Water?

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

Xylem does.

XYLEM:  it’s basic function is to transport water, but it also transports some nutrients through the plant.  Xylem is one of two types of transport tissue in vascular plants.  The other is phloem, which transports soluble organic material made during photosynthesis.

xylemSo, there’s a new company, trading as XYL, which was spun off from ITT Corporation at the end of last year, and took the name XYLEM.   Xylem Inc. is a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues.  Xylem’s tagline is “Let’s Solve Water.”  These folks like the name – obviously they’re not afraid of Greek - because it highlights the engineering efficiency of their water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all -- that which occurs in nature.

Good stuff.  We couldn’t agree more.

Of particular interest to the SRS Crisafulli team is that our friends at Godwin Pumps of America have been acquired by this new group, and that Godwin is now Xylem Dewatering Solutions, Inc.  Godwin will be carried as a brand name for their Dri-Prime automatic self-priming dry-running pump. 

Ron AskinAlso of note, SRS Crisafulli’s Director of Engineering for three years in the late ‘80’s, Ron Askin, who had moved to Godwin Pumps in Helena, is now President of Xylem Water Solutions, US, in Bridgeport, NJ.  Make us proud, Ron!

Xylem is the world's largest provider of water and wastewater treatment solutions.  Xylem partners with governments and businesses across the globe with a single goal in mind: to deliver clean water to everyone.

Well, Godwin, we will miss your orange presence.  But we congratulate you for all the xylem.



Watch a Solids Pumping Demonstration by Godwin.

Learn about Xylem, Inc.

Xylem on the Global Water Crisis

Read Ron Askin's profile on Pump Zone.

Topics: srs crisafulli, Xylem, Godwin, Askin, solve water