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New Territory Manager: Chris Downey

04/15/2019

Franklin Electric proudly introduces Chris Downey as Territory Manager for the north central Chris Downeyregion. Chris will oversee the sales and distribution of the Pioneer Pump® and FPS® product brands throughout the U.S. sales territory of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, along with the Canadian sales territory of Manitoba.

Chris’s pump experience began at a young age, growing up in a well drilling family. He has continued to build upon that knowledge professionally, working in the pump industry for most of his career. Recently, Chris has gained a wealth of experience in positions such as Regional Sales Manager for American Marsh Pumps, as well as the most recent position of Sales Director at Hydroflo Pumps, USA.

You can contact Chris at chris.downey@fele.com.

New Video - Vortex Series Pumps

03/15/2019

Vortex SeriesTM Pumps eliminate costly and disruptive downtime by passing through the most challenging solids using a recessed impeller. They are available in 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 sizes and cover flow rates up to 3,600 gpm and heads up to 150 feet. 

See how the all new Vortex Series is pioneering the way to reduce disruptive downtime and maximize value.

View the video. 

New Territory Manager: Shane Wright

03/12/2019

Franklin Electric proudly introduces Shane Wright as Territory Manager for the southeast Shane Wrightregion. Wright will oversee the sales and distribution of the Pioneer Pump® and FPS® product brands throughout the sales territory of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 

Wright began his career in the pump industry as an Outside Sales Representative for Jack Tyler Engineering. Since then, Wright has gained a great deal of knowledge about the pump industry. At American Marsh, Wright worked his way up from an Inside Sales Representative to the Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently Wright served as National Distribution Manager for Ruhrpumpen.

You can contact Shane at shane.wright@fele.com.   

New VP Of Sales – Ryan Johnson

03/06/2019

We proudly introduce Ryan Johnson as the new Vice President, Sales-US/Canada for the North America Water Systems Business Unit. Ryan will manage all aspects of sales activities for the US and Canada Markets, including the Pioneer Pump® brand.Franklin Electric Ryan Johnson

With over 20 years of experience with Regal Beloit and General Electric, Ryan possess a diverse background with expertise in Six Sigma, Operations, and in every aspect of the sales process, from direct field sales to sales management leadership. 

“Ryan brings a proven track record of building strategies and sales teams focused on providing its customers with clear, differentiating value,” states Don Kenney, President, North America Water Systems and Vice President of Franklin Electric. “He is an operationally driven customer advocate that brings a fresh perspective being previously outside of the company. He has Midwest values, and understands the importance of building and managing fair and mutually beneficial partnerships. I have no doubt that Ryan brings the innovative outlook needed to support our progressing efforts as an organization.”

Now Available: Vortex Series Pumps

02/25/2019

Franklin Electric is pleased to announce the launch of the Pioneer Pump® Vortex SeriesTM Pumps. Vortex Series Pumps offer a unique pumping solution that eliminate costly and disruptive downtime by passing through the most challenging solids using a recessed impeller. These pumps are ideally suited for waste handling, sludges, industrial effluent, chemical processing, and other applications where fluid conditioning, macerating, or mix-prevention are unnecessary. This is accomplished using vortex technology, which saves time and money in the most punishing applications by eliminating internal wetted parts, like wear plates and chopper blades, that would otherwise have to be monitored, adjusted, and replaced. Heavy-duty cast iron casing construction, an oversized stainless-steel shaft, and a leak-proof run dry mechanical seal ensure maximum reliability and uptime.Vortexpump Withoutlet

Product Features

  • Vortex Impeller: Recessed impeller passes challenging solids by avoiding direct contact
  • Discharge Check Valve: Elbow ball valve style with cast iron body avoids clogs from passed-through solids
  • Premium Component Construction: Impeller and casing are cast in ductile iron and shaft is corrosion-resistant 17-4 for maximum reliability
  • Priming System: Heavy-duty chamber with no-blow-by PosiValve and stainless steel float ball linkage; capable of 50 CFM air removal

A comprehensive range of electric and diesel packaging options are offered for fixed and portable installations and can be fitted with the industry-leading Pioneer Prime vac-assist system for suction lift applications. Vortex Series Pumps are available in 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 sizes and cover flow rates up to 3,600 gpm and heads up to 150 feet.

For more information on Pioneer Pump Vortex Series Pumps, click here.

In Case You Missed It: WWETT 2019 Post-Show Photo Gallery

02/24/2019

WWETT Photo 10 (1)The WWETT Show (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport) is the largest annual U.S. trade show for wastewater and environmental service professionals. As expected, it provided a wide array of product innovations, industry education, and fun for attendees. Weren’t able to attend the show this year? No problem. Click here to see the show from our point of view, including our new Pioneer Pump® Vortex SeriesTM.

See the WWETT 2019 photo gallery.

Celebrating 75 Years of Moving Forward

02/08/2019

75 Years Social Media Graphic RectangleA lot has changed at Franklin Electric since E.J. (Ed) Schaefer and T.W. (Wayne) Kehoe founded the company in 1944 in Bluffton, Indiana. Since then, we have grown from a small motor manufacturing company into a leading global provider of systems and components for moving water and fuel, including the Pioneer Pump® brand. What hasn’t changed are the core values we all share. We remain focused on our customers and dedicated to delivering on our Key Factors for Success. 2019 will be a celebration of all we’ve accomplished in many places and for many customers around the world.

Named after Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer in electrical engineering, Franklin Electric’s core is the world’s first reliable submersible electric motor for water systems, which has remained a staple of the water well industry. 75 years later, we continue to manufacture and distribute improved versions of this unrivaled motor design all around the world, and have expanded our expertise to create innovative solutions, including pumps, electronics, and adjacent products, addressing modern industry challenges and serving our customers’ needs. With leading-edge hydraulic engineering, the Pioneer Pump brand has a reputation for being the highest performing centrifugal pumps on the market. Pioneer provides better flow, higher head, greater efficiency, and unparalleled service designed to meet your unique challenges.

“We would like to recognize and thank all of our employees, customers, partners, and investors that have played a role in helping shape Franklin Electric into the company it is today. As we reflect on our past during this milestone, we find ourselves even more focused on our vision of being an indispensable partner to our customers,” states Gregg Sengstack, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about Franklin Electric’s Pioneer Pump products, click here.

2019 WWETT: New Vortex Series Headlines Innovative Showcase

02/07/2019

Franklin Electric will display multiple pumping innovations at the 2019 WWETT Show in Booth 1435, February 21-23. WWETT (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport) is the largest annual U.S. trade show for wastewater and environmental service professionals, so once you’re through the doors, you’ll have visual access to some of the most innovative and proven products available today. Here are some of the featured innovations that will be in our booth.Vortexpump Withoutlet

  • New Pioneer Pump® Vortex Series™ Pumps – They eliminate costly and disruptive downtime by passing through the most challenging solids using a recessed impeller. These pumps are ideally suited for waste handling, sludges, industrial effluent, chemical processing, and other applications where fluid conditioning, macerating, or mix-prevention are unnecessary. This is accomplished using vortex technology, which saves time and money in the most punishing applications by eliminating internal wetted parts, like wear plates and chopper blades that would otherwise have to be monitored, adjusted, and replaced. Heavy-duty cast iron casing construction, an oversized stainless-steel shaft, and a leak-proof run dry mechanical seal ensure maximum reliability and uptime. A comprehensive range of electric and diesel packaging options are offered for fixed and portable installations and can be fitted with the industry-leading Pioneer Prime vac-assist system for suction lift applications. Vortex Series Pumps are available in 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 sizes and cover flow rates up to 3,600 gpm and heads up to 150 feet. The Vortex Series is pioneering the way to reducing disruptive downtime and maximizing value.
  • Pioneer Pump GS Series – A durable, cost-effective pumping solution for applications with high performance demands. These robust pumps are available in 3x3, 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, and 10x10 sizes, with maximum flow rates up to 3450 gpm, a maximum head of 175 feet, and solids handling capabilities of up to 3 inches. Offered assembled as part of a full pumping package or as a standalone pump, the GS Series provides industry consistency in parts interchangeability and pump footprint when compared to other manufacturer models, making it an ideal solution for most retrofit installations.
  • Pioneer Pump GT Series – A robust pumping solution for nearly any food processing, wastewater treatment, waste handling, chemical processing, or industrial application with high performance demands. Now available in 3x3 and 4x4 sizes in addition to the 6x6 sizes, this product family features a robust shaft design that permits maximum flow rates up to 2250 gpm at a maximum head of 250 feet with a solids handling capability of up to three inches. The case inlet diameter is uniquely designed to alleviate abrasive wear on the pump and a unique cover design combines both the fill and flapper valve access cover into one part to improve ease of use – making these pumps ideal for the toughest tasks, all within a standard footprint.

For more information on the 2019 WWETT Show, click here.

In Case You Missed It: Groundwater Week 2018 Post-Show Photo Gallery

12/11/2018

The groundwater industry’s signature event returned to Las Vegas, Nevada, this year with great attendee participation. With incredible educational sessions, enthusiastic attendees, and impressive exhibits, this is the place to be if you’re in the business.

Weren’t able to attend the show this year? No problem. Click here to see the show from our point of view.

 NGWA Trade Show 2018

Now Available: Robust GT Series Product Family

11/15/2018

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The Pioneer Pump® GT Series is a robust pumping solution for nearly any food processing, wastewater treatment, waste handling, chemical processing, or industrial application with high performance demands. Now available in 3x3 and 4x4 sizes in addition to the 6x6 sizes, this product family features a robust shaft design that permits maximum flow rates up to 2250 gpm at a maximum head of 250 feet with a solids handling capability of up to three inches. The case inlet diameter is uniquely designed to alleviate abrasive wear on the pump and a unique cover design combines both the fill and flapper valve access cover into one part to improve ease of use – making these pumps ideal for the toughest tasks, all within a standard footprint.

Product Features

  • Rugged cast iron casing and ductile-iron impellers for added strength and dependability 
  • Highly reliable and corrosion-resistant 17-4 stainless steel shaft
  • Double-lip seal with atmospheric drain for additional bearing protection within the rotating assembly 
  • Cartridge-type SC/TC (silicon carbide/tungsten carbide) mechanical seal for simple installation and ease of maintenance

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