Robert Blackmer, who invented the first rotary-vane pump in 1901, founded his company in 1903. He incorporated the company in Petoskey, Michigan under the name Blackmer Pump, Power, and Manufacturing Company. In 1914, Blackmer became a supplier to the U.S. Military and the next year originated the first truck mounted pump. Grand Rapids became its new home in 1925 along with the establishment of a captive foundry. The Dover Corporation purchased Blackmer in 1964 and by this time, the company had been successful in designing the first liquefied gas pump and the integral mechanical seal pump. Through the 1970’s and 80’s, various pumps and technologies were introduced and by 1993, Blackmer received ISO-9001 certification. To reflect the growing product lines and technologies, “pump” was dropped from the name and the company was simply branded and known as Blackmer. High product quality, innovative engineering, responsive service, and hard work have always identified Blackmer’s position in the global market. During the next four years, Blackmer acquired Tarby, Inc., a progressing cavity pump manufacturer in Oklahoma; Hammond Engineering, a rotary vane and screw compressor manufacturer in England; Mouvex, a rotary-vane and eccentric movement pump manufacturer, and Abaque, a peristaltic pump manufacturer, both in France. Blackmer has a strong wide manufacturing presence in the positive displacement pump marketplace. Some of the active market segments Blackmer’s product line service are the transport, chemical processing, food and sanitary, LPG, refined fuels, and artificial lift. Blackmer’s corporate offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is also home to engineering, research and development, a large manufacturing facility, and foundry. Compressor manufacturing is housed in Oklahoma City, and progressing cavity pumps are in Claremore, Oklahoma. The European operations are based in Paris, France with manufacturing facilities in Auxerre, France, and Huddleston, England.
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