Thompson Pump activates Emergency Response Team to aid Hurricane Katrina relief

Port Orange, Fla., company announces mobilization of its Emergency Response Team to provide pumping equipment, supplies and manpower to Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Thompson's Baton Rouge, La., Jackson, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., branch locations are operational and facilitating the relief effort...

PORT ORANGE, FL, Sept. 7, 2005 -- Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Port Orange, Fla., announces mobilization of their Emergency Response Team (ERT) to provide pumping equipment, supplies and manpower to Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Thompson's Baton Rouge, La., Jackson, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., branch locations are operational and facilitating the relief effort. Initial concentration is focused on flooding relief in the New Orleans and coastal Mississippi areas, but other operations will include getting hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, water plants, power generation facilities and refineries up and running. Thompson Pump is a 30-year veteran in disaster relief having facilitated cleanup efforts with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the World Trade Center collapse, several flooded areas in the Midwest and hurricane damaged areas in the Southeast.

The ERT called on all 18 company-wide branch locations, distributors and dealers to provide pumps and equipment. Locations as far away as Kansas City, Kan., and Providence, R.I., answered that call and on Monday, September 6, 23 pumps filled with diesel fuel, and more than 3,000 feet of galvanized pipe were sent to New Orleans. Thompson Pump, working with Cajun Contractors from Baton Rouge, La., provided 18 12-inch centrifugal dry-priming pumps, one 20-inch pump, two 24-inch pumps and two 18-inch pumps. Approximately 100-200 feet of discharge hose were sent with each to allow for quick setup so the pumps could begin working immediately. That same day, Northrop Grumman Corporation requested six 6-inch pumps be sent to their Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard. Orders are coming in daily and will be accommodated as quickly as possible to help coastal communities combat stormwater troubles.

"Our Emergency Response Team knows they are on call 24/7 until this crisis is under control. All pumps, equipment, personnel and vehicles are being made available for this operation," said Bill Thompson, president, Thompson Pump. "This is not our first disaster response operation and we will utilize our experience to assist anyone in need."

Thompson Pump also recognized the flooding concerns in the Florida Panhandle and sent pumps from their Florida rental fleet to that region immediately. On August 29, the Pensacola branch manager rushed a 12-inch vacuum-assisted pump to rescue Pensacola's main lift station that was damaged during the storm. Thompson's team helped the city's employees close in the hole using boards and sand bags. The pump worked quickly to keep sewage from flooding into the city's streets. That same day, more Thompson employees were sent to the Pensacola Beach plant to set up an 8-inch vacuum-assisted pump to bypass sewage into a holding tank.

Thompson Pump is an industry leader in the development of high quality engine-powered portable pumps, ranging in size from 2"-16", for use in varied applications in the areas of public works, municipalities, construction, agriculture, dewatering, dust control, mining, sewer/lift stations, and water/waste water. The company sells and rents their entire line of dewatering pumps including wet and dry-prime trash pumps, sound attenuated models, diaphragm pumps, hydraulic submersible pumps, high pressure pumps and wellpoint pumps as well as bypass systems, wellpoint systems and a complete line of accessories.

Thompson Pump (www.thompsonpump.com), a 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 contractors worldwide with pump rental, sale, design, installation and operation. Thompson Pump operates sales, rental and service centers throughout Florida and in Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New England, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The company also utilizes more than 30 regional, national and international distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Thompson Pump is a Blue Chip Enterprise Award winner and their products meet the requirements for certification as defined by the Contractors Pump Bureau.

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