US manufacturer of critical components for energy, transportation and industrial markets, ITT Inc., last week not only celebrated Pump Appreciation Day but two other significant anniversaries in its portfolio.

The company marked the seventh annual Pump Appreciation Day, an international event to raise awareness of the value of pumps to modern manufacturing and products. In addition, it celebrated Goulds Pumps’ 170th anniversary and Bornemann’s 165th, two of the oldest brands in ITT’s portfolio.

Goulds Pumps produced its first water pump, made of wood and banded with metal in 1848 and a year later, during the Gold Rush in California, the company produced the world’s first all-metal pump.

Bornemann’s story as a machine manufacturing company began in 1853 and it went on to specialise in positive displacement pump technology.

ITT recognised those legacies last week as it celebrated pumps at the heart of industry. It has been marking Pump Appreciation Day on the second Tuesday of April since 2012.

In addition to Pump Appreciation Day events and award programs, an online World of Pumps Quiz has been launched that tests participants’ knowledge of the pump industry and its products through one question a week for the next 20 weeks. Last year’s quiz attracted close to 11,000 unique visitors from 90 countries.