Thompson Pump Employee Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Manufacturing
Thompson Pump & Manufacturing, Inc.
4620 City Center Dr.
Port Orange, FL, 32129
Press release date: December 12, 2013
PORT ORANGE, FL – Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dale Conway, Vice President of Engineering, has been awarded the Value-added Manufacturing Alliance ‘MANNY’ Award and has been inducted into the VMA Hall of Fame. The ‘MANNY’ Award recognizes an individual for lifetime achievement in manufacturing.
Conway is a 30 year veteran of the pump manufacturing industry. He started his career at Thompson Pump in 1984 as a Purchasing Clerk and has since worked for Thompson Pump in various positions including Engineering Apprentice and Applications Engineer. Conway currently serves as Vice President of Engineering where he oversees all technical aspects of the business including manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, research and development, and IT.
Conway led Thompson Pump in its successful effort to achieve ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for their Port Orange manufacturing facility in 2009. He continues to direct the company’s efforts for ISO recertification and to initiate additional procedures contributing to the company’s growth and success.
Conway graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). He is certified by the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers, holds numerous accreditations and currently has several pump related patents pending.
“Congratulations to Dale Conway for his well-deserved recognition of achievement in manufacturing,” said Bill Thompson, President of Thompson Pump. “Dale’s proven skills and experience continue to lead Thompson Pump as the premier manufacturer and service provider of portable pumps. He has truly dedicated his life’s work to manufacturing Thompson pumps.”
“His story and passion for manufacturing presents a compelling message that will resonate with everyone, particularly younger people in search of a successful future,” said Jayne Fifer, President and CEO of the VMA. “He is the face of manufacturing and an inspiration.”
The Value-added Manufacturing Alliance (VMA) is the only trade association for manufacturers in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. The association is based in Daytona Beach, FL and was founded by manufacturers, for manufacturers in 1980 for the purpose of providing information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed.
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, energy, 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 heads; rotary, vacuum and piston wellpoint pumps and high pressure solids-handling centrifugal 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 a wide variety of applications. In addition, Thompson provides engineering services and special applications consulting for complicated wellpoint, bypass or multiple pump system projects; and offers thorough pump and dewatering education and training through its Pumpology® courses.
Thompson Pump, a 43-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 21 branches and depots. The company is also aligned with more than 30 distributors in the United States, Canada, Latin America, China, Russia and Europe. 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 System®, Silent Knight®, Arctic Knight® and Pumpology®.
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. For more information, call (800) 767-7310 or log onto www.thompsonpump.com.
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