Flowserve Corp. is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves, as well as a range of related flow management services. Flowserve products are used in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, power generation, chemical, water resources and other industries. One of Flowserve's key operations is located in Newark, Nottinghamshire, where a wide range of pumps are designed, manufactured, tested and exported to more than 74 countries.
The Flowserve Newark operation can trace its history back to 1790 when Thomas Simpson founded an engineering company in London. The company was involved with pumping liquids and the installation and maintenance of steam-driven pumping engines manufactured by others. In 1849 the company expanded and manufactured its first steam-driven pumping engine.
In 1885 the company secured a license to manufacture the Worthington engine from the U.S., hence the origins of the company name of Worthington-Simpson by which it was known up to 1985. In 1901 the company established itself in Newark and built the factory on Hawton Lane, Balderton, Newark. The company became part of the Flowserve Corporation in 2001. Approximately 300 people are employed at Newark and the Service and Repair Quick Response Centres which are located around the UK.
Today the facility produces a wide range of pumps and spares for distribution worldwide, including the heritage brands Worthington Simpson, Pleuger, IDP, Byron Jackson, Durco and Flowserve.
Full aftermarket support is provided including service, repair, upgrades, educational services and energy audits to ensure our customers have the most efficient pump systems possible.
In October 2011, a major renovation project commenced. This project has two major goals: the removal of outdated and inefficient buildings; and the reorganization of office and shop-floor facilities. Making changes based on these two initiatives will create a better and more efficient working environment, whilst at the same time reducing our energy consumption. These improvements will take place over the next 12 months and represent a significant investment by Flowserve in the 110-year-old facility and a vote of confidence in Newark, its key location in the heart of the UK, its workforce and its long-term future.
The improvements will position Flowserve as a modern, well-equipped and efficient factory, able to take on the ever-increasing technological and business demands of the future.
Another key part of Flowserve's investment in the future is the re-introduction of an apprenticeship programme launched in September 2011. The three-year course will train individuals to become both fitters and technicians giving candidates the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the future employment needs of the industry along with the opportunity for a fulfilling career at Flowserve.
Flowserve is continually researching and developing future products that will keep Newark at the forefront of pump technology and a leading player in world markets.
More information about Flowserve can be obtained by visiting the company's Web site at www.flowserve.com.
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