Headquartered in Warren, MA -- a town that has been producing pumps for more than 200 years -- Warren Pumps, Inc. is the global industry leader in rotary pump manufacture. Founded in 1897 as the Warren Steam Pump Company, Warren currently specializes in custom engineered pump technology of the two-screw and Naval/Marine variety. The company also produces a wide range of other “positive displacement” pumps (including three-screw, progressive cavity and gear pumps), and manufactures specialized centrifugal pumps, as well. Among other industries, Warren presently boasts clients in the hydrocarbon and chemical processing, pulp and paper, and power generation fields. The Navy, military and commercial marine industries, along with those in crude oil transport and general industrial machinery, also look to Warren to satisfy their pump needs.
After more than 110 years of service to its customers, today, Warren Pumps is a proud member of the Colfax Corporation of Richmond, VA – the foremost association of pump manufacturers in the world. Achieving excellence and ensuring customer satisfaction lie at the core of all that Colfax Corporation’s members do; each member company strives to attain unparalleled results, serve clients with integrity, and ensure profitability and growth for the company. This commitment to excellence goes back to the very founding of Warren Pumps, and today, Warren prides itself on producing cutting-edge pump products and technology that set the standard for the field.
Products Manufactured by Warren Pumps that Contained Asbestos
Prior to the mid-1970’s and early 1980’s, many manufacturers used asbestos in their products to prevent against deterioration brought about by exposure to heat, biological or chemical substances. Warren Pumps was one of those companies.
While today we know that exposure to asbestos dust can cause a range of devastating illnesses – from malignant plerural mesothelioma to asbestosis – that knowledge was far less widespread in the early 20th century. Industrial companies looking for a relatively inexpensive means of providing insulation to their products turned to asbestos, a naturally occurring substance that could resist heat unlike any other. In the case of Warren Pumps, Inc., asbestos-containing materials -- including packing and gasket materials -- are known to have been incorporated into their pump systems and/or used to insulate the metal surfaces of these pumps.
Though Warren did not directly manufacture these asbestos containing components, they did use them in the production of their products, and workers who came into contact with these products may be at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related illness.
Among the products produced by Warren Pumps, Inc. that may have contained parts with asbestos fibers are:
- Main and Fire Pumps
- Bilge Pumps
- Emergency Feed Pumps
- Crude Oil Pumps
- Sewage Pumps
- Brine Pumps
- Sea Water Pumps
- Condensate Pumps
- Steam Reciprocating Pumps
- Heating and Cooling Systems
- Propulsion Systems
- Twin-screw Pumps
- Multiphase Pumps
- Centrifugal Pumps
- Rotary Pumps
- Hydraulic Pumps
Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
Throughout its history Warren Pumps has served a broad range of clients, providing them with high temperature pumps and valves for industrial use. The Navy/military, commercial marine operators, crude oiltransporters and the power generation industries have relied on Warren Pumps to supply their pump solutions, as have many general industrial machine operators.
Anyone tasked with the construction, maintenance or repair of a Warren pump -- or anyone supervising or in proximity to those activities – could be at risk for developing an asbestos-related illness. Boiler operators and repairmen, power plant workers, steam and pipefitters, Naval firemen, machinists and stationary engineers (among other occupations) are the most likely candidates for exposure to asbestos dust as a result of their work with Warren Pumps.
Throughout much of the 20th century, Warren was one of the top suppliers of pump technology to the U.S. Navy. Naval personnel stationed on warships or working in shipyards are particularly at risk of developing asbestos-related disease because of the high concentration of airborne asbestos present in the tight quarters in which they worked.
Family members of those who worked in any of the occupations listed above may also be at increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer: asbestos-contaminated garments brought into the home and handled by others have the potential to release asbestos fibers into the air, which could then be inhaled or ingested by individuals handling (or in close proximity to) those clothes -- ultimately causing an asbestos-related illness.
It can take decades for a person exposed to asbestos fibers to show signs of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illness, due to the long latency period of these diseases. Learn more about whether you may have been exposed to airborne asbestos by visiting our Asbestos Exposure page.
As of October 2010, Warren Pumps, Inc. has been named as a co-defendant in numerous cases of alleged asbestos exposure across the country. Plaintiffs in these cases maintain that the asbestos-containing gaskets and packing components in Warren pumps, as well as the insulation that these pumps were allegedly designed to be used with, exposed employees to dangerous levels of airborne asbestos fiber that resulted in illness and death. Warren Pumps remains in operation today; the company does not presently use gaskets, packing or insulation products that are known to contain asbestos.
Author: Tara Strand
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Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli
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