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First Year Anniversary of Emmons Metro Celebrates Increased Investment, Growth, and a Bright Future

Emmons Metro in Albany, N.Y.

Emmons Metro headquarters in Albany, N.Y.

Metropolitan Industries celebrates the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of Emmons Metro (previously Emmons Pump & Control). Based in Albany, N.Y., Emmons Metro has provided Upstate New York with a wide variety of pumps, pumping supplies, and repair services for nearly 30 years. Now as part of the Metropolitan Industries family, Emmons Metro has been afforded an opportunity of investment, new growth, and the promise of a bright future for their employees, project partners and end users.

“The trajectory of both companies is not that far off,”” said Kochan. “Both Metropolitan and Emmons started as small businesses while working towards a single focus, and have grown to expand their capabilities and services for their respective regions. At Metropolitan, we’ve demonstrated how to transition from being just another pump supplier to becoming a manufacturer that provides complete and custom pumping and control system solutions that no competitor can match. We are going to apply the same model with Emmons.”

In the first year, Metropolitan has invested many resources to expand Emmons’ reach throughout the state of New York. The hiring of additional sales staff allows Emmons to better serve their existing territory while also providing opportunities to expand. The addition of several new service trucks has also allowed for Emmons to deploy their field service capabilities more efficiently while also increasing its coverage of the state.

“As great as the acquisition has been for both companies, the real beneficiaries are our project partners and end users on the East Coast,” said Kochan, who believes they have been underserved by the one-size-fits-all model commonly available throughout the pumping industry.

“One-size-fits-all may provide adequate results for municipalities and commercial buildings in the short-term, but that model also tends to leave a lot on the table,” said Kochan. “When our people are consulting at such job sites, they usually identify several missed opportunities. Our custom based packaged systems model provides far more streamlined solutions from the beginning all the way through installation that saves time, saves energy, and reduces long-term costs for end-users.”

Moving into year two, Metropolitan will continue to invest its engineering and manufacturing expertise to further aid in the growth of Emmons. As the Albany based company becomes more involved with developing its own packaged systems, the opportunity exists to also expand its capabilities from water and wastewater to also include temperature control, hydronics, and reuse in a variety of applications in municipal, commercial, and industrial settings. Plans to extend MetroCloud, Metropolitan’s custom based cloud SCADA software to Emmons is also on the horizon.

A key component to the future growth of Emmons is their staff members, all of whom were kept on following the acquisition. While there is plenty of room for growth with Emmons, their brand heritage, which includes the people who have helped make the company what it is, will be paramount when it comes to providing continued solutions and services as it expands throughout the East Coast.

Though the acquisition officially brought our two companies together just last year, the relationship between the two businesses date back to the 1980s. Through their respective associations within the pumping industry, Kochan has previously collaborated with Kim Emmons, who continues to run the day-to-day operations of Emmons Metro, on specific projects. A key example was Stratford Farms, a project which was first conceptualized in 2005. Even through a slowdown in the housing market and a major economic downturn, the project’s aspirations survived before eventually resuming, resulting in its completion at the start of this year.

Despite the long-term uncertainties of the pandemic, Kochan says the demand for water movement and management engineering and the solutions provided by Metropolitan and Emmons will always exist.

“There is plenty of work and projects ahead. The future for both companies remains bright!”

Emmons Metro Company Update & COVID-19 Provisional Policy

COVID-19 Response

3/24/2020

Attention all customers and vendors:

This is a very serious and difficult time for everyone, but we will get through this. We hope your families and business colleagues are safe and healthy. We are an essential business that provides product and services for the water and wastewater industries. With that being said, we are open for business with new social distancing policies.

  • Our offices, warehouse and service department will be fully staffed and operating on our regular schedules (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST) and for emergencies as needed. Our field sales personnel are readily available working from home and offices.
  • We are maintaining our inventory levels of sump pumps, sewage pumps, effluent pumps, grinder pumps, control panels, guide rail kits, and all other accessory items to meet your needs.
  • Our service technicians will be available for field repairs and maintenance. We will take all practical steps to protect our technicians and customers.
  • As we are restricting access to our building, we will provide curbside service for pickup or delivery at our facility. Please call us in advance (518-694-0404) or when you arrive.
  • We will not be making face-face sales calls. We will correspond via e-mail or phone calls including video conference calls as necessary.

Our main office number is 518-694-0404.

Please refer to the list below to get in touch with individual Emmons Metro personal by phone. To contact us via email, please use the contact form further below.

Trent Emmons

  • Inside Sales
  • Mobile: 518-461-3654

Ryan Frank

  • Inside Sales
  • Mobile: 518-414-0024

Nick Robinson

  • Service
  • Mobile: 518-598-6755

Susan Gnirke

  • Office Assistant
  • Office: 518-694-0404

Nick Kochan

  • Central NY Sales
  • Mobile: 315-751-6770

Kim Emmons

  • Sales
  • Mobile: 518-365-5750

We thank you for your continued support as we move forward to help each other and our communities. Please contact any of us at our main office number, mobile numbers at anytime — you may also send us a message via the form below. Be smart and be safe as we all navigate the path to prosperity.

Kim Emmons
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Booster Pump System Design for Stratford Farms Comes to Fruition After Several Years in the Making

Domestic Drinking Water Pressure Project at Stratford Farms

From the outside, it’s easy to look at new housing developments and not think twice about the planning involved. After all, by the time most people take notice of these new developments, groundbreaking has already taken place and houses are beginning to pop up. However, those of us working behind the scenes know there’s more to it than simply building a series of new houses and propping a “For Sale” sign in the lawn.

At Metropolitan Industries, we understand the demands, challenges, and opportunities that every new construction project brings. When we began working on the Stratford Farms project in upstate New York with Emmons Metro (formerly Emmons Pump & Control) in Albany in 2005, due to a slowdown in the housing market, the project did not proceed until recently.

Where Convenience Meets Tranquility

Stratford Farms is a residential development project in Poughkeepsie, NY, and the homebuilder, ABD Stratford, is an award-winning developer with over 30 years of homebuilding experience. When the development is complete, it will include 160 quality-crafted residential units: 134 single-family homes and 26 townhomes. Just minutes from downtown Poughkeepsie and the Metro North train line, Stratford Farms offers the rare combination of convenience and country living in New York.

To ensure this convenience is delivered in full, a number of considerations must be made. In addition to a flurry of new homes, new developments bring the need for new schools, new commercial buildings and, of course, increased demands on existing municipal infrastructure. Early in the development process, it was determined that a booster pump system would be required to increase the city’s available domestic drinking water pressure to the development. ABD Stratford, together with Delaware Engineering of Albany, NY and the City of Poughkeepsie, established requirements for the system, and Delaware Engineering contacted Emmons Metro to provide expertise.

Patience Prevails at Stratford Farms

We understand the demands placed on municipalities because we’ve been working with them for decades to help them move forward with confidence. Similarly, we know the onus is on the developer when it comes to building out infrastructure such as sewer lift stations and water booster systems because we’ve been helping these teams meet local codes and develop systems that will work for their needs.

At Stratford Farms, the primary challenge was designing a fully packaged system that could handle both domestic and fire flow in the same station while meeting local codes. More specifically, it was a challenge designing a system that can fluctuate from high fire flow rates to low domestic flow rates without losing pump functionality. Understandably, the design process to get this right was iterative. The water pressure system would need to be configured to supply up to 500 gallons per minute while boosting the available city water pressure by 35 PSIG. Together with Metropolitan, Emmons Metro initially designed a five-pump system: Two small pumps, two intermediate pumps, and one to handle fire flow. However, we knew we would be able to create a more efficient design, and, with continued effort and collaboration, we did exactly that by reducing the total number of pumps down to only three.

Triplex Water Booster System

Triplex Booster System for Stratford Farms.

Metropolitan fabricated the booster system—three endsuction type booster pumps driven by three 15 horsepower close-coupled motors—in our Romeoville, IL factory. Each of these pumps is capable of 350 gallons per minute, creating a margin of safety and redundancy, meaning the flow can be met at the hydrants if one pump is out of service. Each pump also includes isolation butterfly valves on the inlet and outlet to facilitate service and inline, center-guided, spring-assisted check valves on each discharge line to minimize the risk of water hammer. Finally, the Metropolitan-installed, MetroTech III PLC-based controller eases operator use with an intuitive touchscreen interface.

Clearly it doesn’t take 15 years to simply reduce the number of pumps in a design, but there were several factors to consider as we worked together with the development team to ensure the system would be compliant at delivery. And, because we fully test and certify everything before it leaves our facility, we knew it would be operational when it arrived at Stratford Farms.

Though Delaware Engineering could have contracted this project with multiple sources to acquire the various components needed for a successful system, working with Emmons Metro allowed them to take advantage of decades of expertise. And, just as important, it means they’ll enjoy the benefit of single source responsibility. With our engineering
expertise and our extensive experience designing systems to meet all sorts of custom situations, the developer—and eventually the municipality—can count on our field service technicians if any issues arise.

As our companies continue to work together and Emmons Metro settles in as part of the family, there are likely many challenging projects on the horizon. While most stations are designed and installed much faster than 15 years, one thing is certain: We’ll see it through to the end just like we did with Stratford Farms thanks to the steadfast dedication of the developer, the engineer, and everyone in between.

Emmons Pump & Control Acquired by Metropolitan Industries

Emmons Pump & Control - Previous Logo

We are excited to announce that Emmons Pump & Control has been acquired by Metropolitan Industries.

As of Aug. 27, 2019, our new company name is Emmons Metro LLC. Coinciding with our new name is a new logo (below), both of which symbolizes the synergy with our new parent company. While our name has changed, our commitment to providing our project partners and end users with the most dynamic pumping and control solutions has never been greater. That endeavor continues with the same dedicated group of Emmons leadership and staff who you have come to know and rely on over the years.

Emmons Metro and Metropolitan Industries Logos

The family owned Metropolitan Industries, based outside of Chicago, IL, is a manufacturer of custom engineered packaged pump and control systems. Metropolitan has been an established supplier to Emmons since the very beginning, which demonstrates the long and steady relationship between the two companies.

Serving the municipal, commercial, industrial and residential markets, Metropolitan’s custom engineered systems have been implemented in some of the world’s largest and most prominent buildings, structures and cities. With a footprint spanning throughout North America, Metropolitan’s complete system solutions are used to solve a vast variety of water movement and management challenges involving flow distribution, pressure control, treatment, collection, temperature control, hydronics and reuse. Metropolitan is comprised of over 150 employees with a collective set of skills and expertise involving sales, marketing, engineering, programming, fabrication, welding, field service maintenance and equipment repairs.

Now as part of the Metropolitan family, their vast resources will play a pivotal role in allowing Emmons Metro to expand our own system capabilities and repair services, which is advantageous to our project partners and end users within Albany and throughout all of Upstate New York.

As new projects and challenges arise in your field, we hope to play a key role in the solving of your water movement and management challenges — just as we always have.

New Emmons Metro LLC Company and Logo