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Pump supplier announces Partnership of Excellence Award for BC firm

Vancouver, BC -- Global pumpmaker KSB, Mississauga, ON, has marked the 50th anniversary of its relationship wi...


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October 30, 2009
By MRO Magazine
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Vancouver, BC — Global pumpmaker KSB, Mississauga, ON, has marked the 50th anniversary of its relationship with Vancouver-based engineering firm Inproheat Industries Ltd by awarding it the Partnership of Excellence, its highest recognition of a partner’s contribution to KSB’s success.

 

“What started half a century ago with the sale of KSB’s first boiler feed pump in North America through Inproheat is still a lively and extremely vibrant business connection,” says Jens-Uwe Strunk, president and CEO of KSB’s Canadian subsidiary.

 

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It was Inproheat — and its still-energetic founder and owner, Eric Panz, 81 — that helped to put KSB on the map in North America. Long before the pump manufacturer launched its own subsidiaries in the US in 1963 and Canada in 1990, the Austrian-born engineer introduced KSB’s boiler feed pumps to the North American market — and made them ‘standard’ for most pulp and paper mills across the continent.

 

Inproheat’s Energy Systems Group is headed by Eric’s son, Steven Panz. The company specializes in providing solutions in combustion and is KSB’s regional partner for energy applications in British Columbia and Alberta.

 

“Our latest joint success includes the sales of many High Pressure Model HG boiler feed pumps to SAGD oilsands exploration sites in Alberta,” says Mike Blundell, national accounts manager for industrial applications at KSB Canada.