Thompson Pump is respected worldwide for its sophisticated heavy-duty lines of high quality, high performance dewatering and construction pumps, ranging in size from 2 to 18 inches.Thompson Pump is a leading manufacturer and full-service provider of high-quality dewatering pumps, portable pumps, pumping equipment and engineering expertise. The leader in diesel-driven portable pumps.It is common to see Thompson’s pumps on some of the largest and most challenging projects in the world. Whether the job requires cleaning up an oil spill in Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico, dewatering a construction site for a nuclear power plant in Georgia, widening the Panama Canal, raising a submarine in the Atlantic, moving an east coast lighthouse, fighting western fires, controlling floods in the Midwest, handling an irrigation project in Africa or dealing with a tragic disaster in New York, Thompson Pump is there.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Pumps & Pumping
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US
Thompson Pump is respected worldwide for its sophisticated heavy-duty lines of high quality, high performance pumps, ranging in size from 2 to 24 inches. Thompson Pump sells and rents their entire line of pumps in the areas of public works, construction, agriculture, dewatering, mining, sewer/lift stations, and water/waste water. Types of pumps designed and manufactured by Thompson include wet prime trash pumps; dry prime trash pumps with compressor-assisted or vacuum-assisted priming systems; sound attenuated pumps; utility trash pumps; diaphragm pumps; hydraulic power units with submersible pump ends; rotary, vacuum and piston wellpoint pumps and high pressure jet pumps. With these different types of pumps, as well as a full complement of accessory hoses and piping, Thompson can supply the proper pump and system for any application. In addition, Thompson provides engineering services and special applications consulting for complicated wellpoint, bypass or multiple pump systems; and offers thorough pump and dewatering education and training through its Pumpology courses.
Thompson Pump, a 42-year old family-owned company based in Port Orange, Fla., is a full-service manufacturer and provider of high quality pumps, pumping equipment and engineering expertise for the toughest dewatering, bypass and emergency pumping applications. Since 1970, Thompson Pump has assisted clients worldwide with pump rentals, sales, service, repair, design, installation and operational support. Thompson Pump operates sales, rental and service centers throughout the United States with 20 branches and depots. The company is also aligned with more than 30 distributors in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Thompson Pump is a Blue Chip Enterprise Award winner and their products meet the requirements for certification as defined by the Contractors Pump Bureau. Thompson Pump holds numerous product patents along with the registered trademarks of Enviroprime, Silent Knight, and Arctic Knight.
The company achieved ISO 9001-2008 quality certification for their Port Orange manufacturing facility. Thompson Pump is one of only a very few pump companies to have obtained ISO 9001-2008 certification. The globally recognized certification was granted following independent testing and assessment of the company’s quality management systems and manufacturing capabilities.
It is common to see Thompson’s pumps on some of the largest and most challenging projects in the world. Whether the job requires cleaning up an oil spill in Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico, dewatering a construction site for a nuclear power plant in Georgia, widening the Panama Canal, raising a submarine in the Atlantic, moving an east coast lighthouse, fighting western fires, controlling floods in the Midwest, handling an irrigation project in Africa or dealing with a tragic disaster in New York, Thompson Pump is there.
Founded in Port Orange, FL in 1970 by George A. Thompson and his sons, Bill and George Jr., Thompson Pump presently serves the pumping and dewatering needs of more than 3,000 national and international clients. The company’s clients represent such industries as underground utility, road building, heavy construction and remediation, as well as mining, industrial, and agricultural operations; municipalities, the military and other government agencies. Thompson serves these clients with a fully developed distribution network for sales, rental, service and parts, including 20 company-owned support centers.
Thompson Pump has many diverse lines of high quality pumps, available in sizes from 2 to 18 inches. They include wet prime trash pumps, dry prime trash pumps with compressor-assisted or vacuum-assisted priming systems, Silent Knight trash pumps, hydraulic power units with submersible pump ends, diaphragm pumps, rotary wellpoint pumps and high pressure jet pumps. With these different types of pumps, as well as a full complement of accessory hoses and piping, Thompson can offer the proper pump and system for any application. In addition, Thompson provides engineering support and special applications consulting and contracting services for complicated wellpoint, bypass or multiple pump systems; and offers thorough pump and dewatering education and training through its Pumpology courses.
It has become common to see Thompson’s pumps on some of the largest and most challenging projects in the world. Whether the job requires cleaning up an oil spill in Alaska, raising a submarine in the Atlantic, moving an east coast lighthouse, fighting western fires, controlling floods in the Midwest, handling an irrigation project in Africa, building a nuclear power plant in Georgia, or dealing with a tragic disaster in New York, Thompson Pump is there.
Back in 1970, the Thompsons had no idea how successful the company would become. At the time, George Sr. had extensive experience in the pump and dewatering industries, and had worked on numerous large projects before starting the company. George Sr. put his mechanical aptitude to work and was soon inventing and patenting pump products that earned the company a reputation for innovation. The Vacuum Underdrain Pipe was one such product — used to make shallow dewatering more efficient. With Bill handling administrative, accounting and management duties, and George, Jr. taking charge of operations, George, Sr. was off digging up new business and developing new products. Growth was fast and furious but they and the growing team were up to the challenge.
During that fast growth period, Thompson Pump manufactured and introduced lines of wet prime trash pumps, high pressure jet pumps and uniquely designed diaphragm pumps. In 1973, Thompson adapted the rotary pump to the dewatering industry for the first time. The rotary pump proved to be so efficient at wellpoint dewatering that Thompson quickly became the market leader. In 1977, Thompson introduced its own version of vacuum-assisted pumps, which allowed standard pumps to prime without filling the pump with water first, and to reach higher heads for demanding applications. Also, the company added in-house component and part manufacturing during this period.
After establishing its headquarters and factory in Port Orange on 2 acres of land, Thompson began purchasing property and opening branches in other strong pump markets. In 1975, the first branch operation outside Florida was opened in Goldsboro, NC on 12 acres of land. Florence, MS followed (1978) to take advantage of major projects with the city of Jackson, several central MS counties and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Unfortunately, the unprecedented success of the late 1970s was bittersweet when George Jr., then company vice president, died in 1979 at the age of 25.
With its resolve restored, the company maintained its commitment to growth in the 1980s. Additional branches opened in Chesapeake, VA (1982) to expand northward; Pensacola, FL (1983) to cover the FL panhandle and gulf areas; Ravenel, SC (1984) to provide a greater presence in the Carolinas; Sarasota, FL (1986) and West Palm Beach, FL (1989) to reach the coastal Florida areas. Several branch sites increased the size of their facilities to more than 5,000 square feet.
The Port Orange headquarters also was doubled in size during that time. New land was purchased and a building was constructed to house accounting and administrative offices.
Product innovation continued in the 1980’s with the introduction of Thompson’s hydraulic power units with submersible pump ends for high head applications, such as mine or quarry dewatering. Continuing expansion of the Thompson pump line also attracted the attention of equipment distributors across the country, and Thompson established a strong national network of dealers and rental centers. Many of those distributors are still active with Thompson today.
Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Company Inc. is dedicated to designing, developing and producing new and innovative products which define “state of the art” in our industry. We will produce and provide pumps and dewatering equipment of the highest quality, without defects, and will support their use with technical competence and prompt and accurate service.
We will earn and maintain the reputation of being the most knowledgeable, reliable and customer supportive company in our industry and we will be good ambassadors to foreign markets as we become a global supplier of pumps, dewatering equipment and expertise.
We will be the type of company for whom local people will want to be employed and we will be good corporate citizens. As such, we will continue to be conscious of our responsibilities toward our community and the environment and our every action with employees, suppliers and customers will be guided by high ethical standards and moral principles. Our employees and representatives will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
We believe in dealing professionally, honestly, morally and ethically at all times with our customers, our vendors, our fellow employees and with all those with whom we come in contact.
We believe that profit is the result of conducting business properly, efficiently and accurately. Therefore, while we must function profitably in order to operate our business, profit should not be the focal point of our daily activities. It should be the result of performing those activities correctly.
We believe that we have the ability to be innovative and creative. Therefore, we will use those talents and capabilities to envision, design, develop and produce top quality products and valuable services that will challenge our employees, enhance our company and benefit our customers, our industry and society in general.
We believe in striving constantly to improve our company, the caliber of our employees and the quality of our products. We will not be satisfied with anything less than superior performance.
We will be a company for which people want to be employed and with which customers and vendors want to do business. Our company will be a good corporate citizen recognizing our responsibilities to our local communities, our country and to the environment.