First Pump Appreciation Day to Take Place April 2012

Will include recognition programs, events for people who work with industrial pumps

ITT Goulds Pumps announced the latest plans for the first Pump Appreciation Day on April 10, 2012. The international effort will include two new pump industry recognition programs -- The Heart of Industry Award and the Pulse of Industry Honor Roll for organizations and people who have distinguished themselves through their work with pump technology to enhance industrial processes and enable essential products.

Also included in the festivities will be industry events for users of pump technology, and videos and other educational materials for consumers. All of these activities and observations will celebrate pumps as the "heart of industry," support heart health and recognize people who work with industrial pumps.

"This day is a great opportunity to recognize the important work done by organizations that buy and use pumps, along with the people who operate and care for them, while supporting a good cause," said Robert J. Pagano Jr., president of the ITT Industrial Process business, which includes ITT Goulds Pumps. "We're also focused on educating the public about the role of pumps all over the world. They may be behind the scenes for most people, but the essential roles of industrial pumps cannot be overstated."

Pagano said that the company will soon announce new details to encourage participation in the observance. Specific plans and programs include:

Heart of Industry Awards: This new award program will recognize industrial operations for excellence in using pump technology to improve processes, satisfy customers and enhance our modern way of life. Honors will go to companies or plants nominated by ITT Goulds Pumps’ sales offices and distributors, with a limit of one award-winner per office.

Pulse of Industry Honor Roll: Pump-industry workers can be named to this new honor roll for such achievements as improving pump efficiency, providing outstanding maintenance, solving engineering or manufacturing challenges, or exceeding expectations to keep equipment running.

Consumer education: High-energy videos and consumer-friendly fact sheets will help non-experts understand the indispensable role that pumps play in making the things we use in everyday life.

Local events: ITT Goulds Pumps and its distributors will hold education and recognition events for customers and employees at locations worldwide.

Support for CPR education: ITT Goulds Pumps will provide funds and support training events for the international Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Program, supported by the American Heart Association and its global partners. The program teaches first aid, including the recommended method for hands-only CPR. ITT Goulds Pumps already has launched the World of Pumps Quiz, which challenges its customers to answer industry-related questions and pledges donations to the ECC Program for every correct answer.

"Without a heart, life stops, and without an industrial pump, manufacturing stops," Pagano said. "ITT Goulds Pumps is launching this global effort to promote healthy operation in both areas."

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