Appreciate your pump

Post from Harry Hutchinson:

I plucked some material from the ether of the Internet and thought I’d better not pass it up. It’s not funny, but it is fun.

ITT Goulds Pumps has set aside April 10 as Pump Appreciation Day, and has even dedicated a website for it, www.pumpappreciationday.com. The idea is to raise consciousness of the importance of pumps, which it calls “the heart of industry.”

According to a press release, the company’s extending its appreciation to the pump that keeps everybody going.

This is one of the quotes from the release, attributed to Robert J. Pagano Jr., president of the ITT Industrial Process business, which includes ITT Goulds Pumps: “Pumps are the heart of industries that keep the world running, and there is no better way to illustrate that than by supporting cardiovascular health. We’re taking this opportunity to educate the public about the importance of both human and industrial pumps, by joining the global fight against heart disease and stroke.”

The company is working with the international Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program, supported by the American Heart Association and its global partners. The program teaches first aid, including CPR and defibrillation, aimed at saving the lives of people who have suffered cardiac arrest and stroke.

ITT Goulds says it will make a corporate donation to the care program and will host a demonstration of the recommended method for hands-only CPR.

This isn’t news to everyone. The company says more than 10,000 have visited the website to take part in the World of Pumps Quiz, a test of pump knowledge.

The donation will be made on behalf not only of ITT employees, but also of the quiz takers and another group, winners of the Heart of Industry Award, to be given by ITT Goulds Pumps sales offices and distributors on Pump Appreciation Day. The awards will go to customers in recognition of “excellence in using pump technology to improve processes, satisfy customers, and enhance our modern way of life.”

ITT Goulds Pumps is encouraging all of its locations to commit time and resources for CPR training and heart-health fundraising events after April 10.

So April 10 will remind us that pumps are critical—from the one inside to the countless others working for us outside.

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