2018 is Blackmer's 115th year in pumps.
2018 is Blackmer's 115th year in pumps.

Blackmer, part of PSG, a Dover company, is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2018.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA-headquartered company specialises in positive displacement, regenerative turbine and centrifugal pumps, and reciprocating compressor technologies.

Blackmer started in 1899 with Robert Blackmer working to develop a more reliable, efficient alternative to rotary gear pumps. That year, he created a new rotary, self-compensating pumping principle that would become the predecessor to today's sliding vane pumps.

In 1903, a few years after the invention of the new positive displacement rotary vane pump, Robert Blackmer founded the Blackmer Pump, Power and Manufacturing Co in Petoskey, Michigan, where the company remained until 1925 when it relocated to Grand Rapids.

Blackmer says that the 115-year milestone is a tribute to its people, partners and products.

“Celebrating 115 years in business is a testament to the dedication shown by both our employees and channel partners,” said Blackmer general manager Bob Lauson.