Aug 16, 2010

Nash Pump Runs 82 Years

Company seeking other long-running pumps in contest

The Nash Hytor No. 6 pump worked for 82 years before being removed for repair. It worked on the pulp dryer machine, on a top felt Uhle box, at Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. The plant was built in 1928 by the Union Bag Co, and the No. 6 was there from the start. During its 82 years, it has seen the company change hands a number of times.

Retirement comes eventually of course, and the Nash No. 6 pump has given way to a Nash Vectra XL. The former could have kept on working with bearings replacement, but the Vectra will give the same reliability with more efficiency. Its longtime companions remain hard at work at the paper mill--including the pump on an identical Uhle box system.

Nash is running a contest to see which other pumps have been working hard for many years.The person who submits the oldest pump will win a GPS navigator. Your pump does not have to be 82 years old like the one shown; it just has to be older than the other contest entries. For contest details, go to Entry forms will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2010.