History

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The story of Cornell starts in 1946 when 5 people working at Pacific Pump Company decided to head out on their own. Having a complete service department, they became familiar with what most of the common pump failures were. Many motor failures came from pressure spikes during operation, overloading capacity and water related failures of the pump end motor bearings. With many parts in stock and facilities to fabricate the rest, Cornell would service any model of pump.  The Cornell team asked themselves, “Can we do better?” In 1949 the “Rain-O-Flow” irrigation pumps were designed and manufactured to be irrigation specific models with features that we felt would solve many problems that we were seeing in the repair shop.

During this time, Clint Warren traveled around the country giving lectures on applied hydraulics. These evolved into what we now know as Pump School.

August 15, 1952

COMPAK STATIONS GOT US WHERE WE ARE TODAY

Soon farmers and industrial clients had other pump needs that they asked Cornell to address. The non-clog line of pumps was developed to deal with solids in the pumpage. We started building completely portable sewage lift stations in various sizes and shapes that incorporated vacuum primers, dehumidifiers, and control panels. (Compak Station) Also during this time we had a large stock of Johnston turbines on hand for rental.

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Used primarily in bridge and dam construction, these massive units provided the capital for Cornell to expand its product line. The interaction with construction companies lead to new developments. During dam construction, the thick concrete traps heated up inside causing the concrete to cure unevenly and thereby lose strength. The solution was to modify a Cornell water pump to pump liquid ammonia through the concrete to cool it.

May 15, 1953

AROUND THE WORLD

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We then adapted our new coolant pump to a system for a refrigerated warehouse for Safeway and it worked (2CB). Now Cornell ammonia pumps are used all over the world in warehouses, on ships to keep fish fresh and in large buildings as part of the air conditioning system.

January 1, 1983

ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS CHOOSES CORNELL PUMP AFTER MT ST. HELENS ERRUPTION

We were at Mt. St. Helen’s in 1983! Cornell pumps were selected when the Army Corps of Engineers needed to drain water out of 2,500 acre Spirit Lake. Volcanic debris had plugged the lake’s natural drainage and if the “earth dam” had been over run it would have caused flooding and damage to the recovering towns below. 20 Cornell pumps with a capacity of over 100,000 gallons per minute were on site and running 37 days after the contract was awarded.

May 15, 1985

FROM COLD TO HOT (REALLY HOT)

We can pump the cold stuff and we’ve proven that, but what about hot stuff? Cornell water pumps were once again modified to pump hot compressor and cooking oils. Now lots of Frito-Lay fried products in the U.S.A. (i.e. potato chips, corn chips) are cooked with Cornell equipped fryers. The potatoes that make those chips are pumped through Cornell pumps. Even bigger news, french fries sold by McDonald’s in the United States go through a Cornell pump at one point in their short, salty, fried and delicious life.

January 1, 1989

SUPERBOWL XXIII

Where else have we been in the last 50 years? To Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 at Joe Robbie stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The natural turf in the stadium is irrigated using Cornell pumps.

June 15, 1995

“WE’RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND!”

And after Super Bowl XXIII, where does everybody go? To Disneyland! Cornell pumps run many of the water displays and attractions at Disneyland.

September 11, 2001

HELPING NYC AFTER 9/11

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Cornell immediately shipped dewatering pumps to Ground Zero to help get rid of tons of water under ground and in the subways.

October 31, 2012

CORNELL FEATURED ON KATU CHANNEL 2

Today, Cornell Pump Company was featured on KATU channel 2 news. We were contacted by the ARMY CORPS. of ENGINEERS because we are 1 of only 4 dewatering pump manufactures in the USA. We are helping out with Hurricane Sandy any way we could. A portion of our pump sales are also going to the RED CROSS disaster relief fund. Read the story here: http://cornellpump.blogspot.com/2012/11/from-katu-news-local-companys-pumps.html

December 1, 2012

PRODUCT INNOVATION of the YEAR AWARD: 2012

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Cornell Pump Company awarded 2012 Product Innovation of the Year, by Pumps & Systems Magazine, voice of the pump and rotating equipment industry.   Cornell Cutter Pump was judged to be best of the worldwide entries.  READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE: http://cornellpump.blogspot.com/2012/12/cornell-cutter-pump-ranked-most.html

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