Buying American Made Water Pumps
Water Pumps Made in the USA
Since the 1990s, the United States has seen large numbers of manufactures pack up and relocate their operations overseas. This outsourcing of labor has had a substantial impact on American jobs and communities. However in the past decade, we’ve seen some reversals in this trend; about a quarter of a million manufacturing jobs have returned since 2010.
Buying American made products can have a much greater consequences than you might think. Many of the pump brands we feature were engineered and manufactured right here in the United States. We’d like to share some of the reasons to support these companies that continue to provide Americans with jobs and keep communities afloat.
Support local communities and economies Buying American made products is more than simply a show of patriotism and national pride. Buying domestic goods has tangible effects on real American communities. Towns built around manufacturing and industry are kept afloat by the purchase of their goods products.
But this doesn’t just affect those manufacturing cities. The economy is incredibly interconnected and one flourishing community will have ripple effects to the surrounding areas. The Economic Policy Institute estimated that for every manufacturing job that is created, another 1.4 jobs is supported in another sector of the economy.
Ethical working standards and environmental concerns Buying American made products can also be seen as an ethical issue involving human rights and the product’s carbon footprint. It’s not always easy to know where exactly a product comes from and nearly impossible to know the conditions in which it was produced.
Compared to many countries Americans imports good from, the United States has a much higher standard for worker safety and working conditions. Buying from domestic manufacturers, which are overseen by regulators such as OSHA, ensures that the people who put that product together were not working 13-hour work days under hazardous conditions.
Domestic products themselves are also a safer bet that foreign made products. Like working conditions, the safety standards of foreign made products are not well established. Products in the United States are scrutinized to ensure they abide by regulations. However, many foreign regulations are not as protective or reliably enforced.
Additionally, the carbon footprint used to produce goods in countries like China, are much greater than that of the U.S. due to looser environmental regulations and the fossil fuels used to transport goods across the world.
Higher Quality There is also the matter of quality. Companies have complete oversight of the domestic manufacturing process. When firms outsource the production of goods, they are oftentimes limited in their access to the actual process.
However, when they produce those goods in the United States, they have full control, guaranteeing a level of quality that foreign produced goods often lack.
Pumps manufactured in the United States are no different. Many of our popular brands are based and produced in the U.S.
AMT: For over 70 years, AMT has produced a wide range of both electric and engine driven centrifugal and diaphragm pumps, in a variety of materials such as cast iron, bronze, stainless steel and aluminum. They also produce a broad array of hand and barrel pumps for industry. All of which are machined, assembled, and tested at a facility in Royersford, Pennsylvania.
MP: Established in Detroit during World War II, MP Pumps began producing pumps designed for landing craft and amphibious vehicles. Since then, they’ve expanded, producing centrifugal pumps for a wide variety of purposes. To this day, their state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing facility is still located in Michigan.
March: March pump began in the 1950s performing precision machining for aircraft. Over the next decade, they transitioned from aircraft to producing magnetic drive pumps. Since the family owned company’s inception, March’s manufacturing facilities have been located in the Chicago suburbs.
Finish Thompson: Also established during the 1950s was Finish Thompson. However, Finish Thompson has come a long way since their early days as a designer and builder of custom decorating equipment. Now, they engineer and manufacture fluid transfer pumps and recycling systems. Their facility is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Standard: In 1992, Standard Pump began manufacturing drum pumps. Since then, their line has expanded to include air-operated double diaphragm pumps and metering systems serving over 50 countries around the world. However, their production operations are still located in Duluth, Georgia.
All-Flo: Also located in the American Midwest is All-Flo Pump Co. Since 1986, their factory, based in Mentor, Ohio, has produced their air-operated double diaphragm pumps. Their markets include metal finishing, coatings, petrochemical, oil & gas, and a wide range of others.
Berkeley: Berkeley Pumps was formed in 1937 with a mission to create irrigation pumps for central California farms. Today, their pumps service water transfer projects and residential water flow needs across the country. Their manufacturing base is located in Delavan, WI with additional service centers scattered throughout the nation.
Buying American products is more than a symbolic show of patriotism. It has real effects on the world and on the communities closest to us. Although it’s probably not possible to buy every good you own from America, when you get the opportunity to, it’s a small way to support American workers and communities who depend on it.