Visit Cornell at WEFTEC 2018

Cornell Pump is busy setting up on a new booth design for WEFTEC in  New Orleans. We hope you stop by booth  #529 to see our N series, Self-Priming, Cutter, and DuraPrime® pumps, as well as our Hydro Turbines for energy recovery, and our Pilot pump monitor system.

WEFTEC is Monday through Wednesday, October 1 through 3, 2018 at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Longtime Cornell Pump Employee Retiring

Lyle Wiese started in 1981.

If you’ve bought a pump from Cornell in the last 37 years, odds are good that some portion of was machined, assembled, inspected, shipped, or tested by Lyle Wiese.  Lyle joined Cornell on January 5, 1981 as a machinist, and has worked at nearly every position available in the shop since then.

He retires at the end of September, after nearly four decades here. When asked to reflect on the time, his advice was “Make sure you’re happy.” Lyle is known for his knowledge, work ethic, and for being happy at pump schools; he led assembly demonstrations at the annual event for decades; only missing one school in all those years to be with his wife on an anniversary cruise.


We wish Lyle the very best in his retirement!


Today (September 25) is One Hit Wonder Day 2018. At first glance, it might seem there is no connection between flash-in-the pan singing success and pumps, but hear us out… (pun intended).

Cornell Pump is the opposite of a one hit wonder; we’ve had a solid string of success with our pumps and products from RB agricultural series, CB open drive refrigeration, hot oil cooking pumps, Cycloseal® sealing system, to new breakout stars in the Arctic King hermetic, STX self primers, SP robust slurry pump, and more.

But, we do enjoy music in the shop where we manufacture all our pumps here in Oregon, and many catchy tunes come over the airwaves of our local Portland FM stations.

So, we are celebrating the day that Steven Rosen, a music journalist at Creem, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, and many other magazines, created in 1990, to celebrate the fame that some musicians enjoy for a catchy five-minute (or less) ditty.

You can find numerous Top 10/ Top 25, lists of one hit wonders; marketing at Cornell Pump is partial to Safety Dance by Men Without Hats (1982), and 99 Luftballons by Nena (1984).


Wish you were here – Pump School 2018

Pump School 2018 is off to a great start, with over 200 attendees, great weather, and lots of excitement over Cornell’s new PiloT IIoT module, Cyclone vertical turbine pumps, and the new eCatalog.

Attendees are gaining valuable knowledge on pump parts, selection, system design, and much, much more.

For more information on Cornell’s pump school, visit

Irvine Ranch Water District Pump School

Irvine Ranch Water District, in Orange County, California, held a regional pump school at their training facility on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Dozens of operators and engineers learned from Cornell Pump municipal market manager, Ron Aceto, as well as enjoying In-N-Out Burger for lunch.

If you’re interested in additional training from Cornell Pump, consider attending our annual Pump School , held September 18&19, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Cornell Employees Celebrate at Oregon Zoo

At Cornell, we don’t monkey around. We take our fun seriously! For Cornell Pump Company’s summer party on August 4th, employees enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Oregon Zoo with hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. Kids met a golden eagle brought out by zoo handlers, and in addition to the zoo exhibits, everyone had the opportunity to ride the zoo train or carousel.
Lucky raffle winners took home prizes including an inflatable raft, super soakers, spike ball game, 3 in 1 toss game, cooler full of camping gear, ice cream maker, smores kit, hotel gift card, wireless earbuds, and more.

Happy 4th of July

We wish our customers and their families a fun and safe 4th of July holiday. Please note that the Cornell offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence day. Our office will reopen on Thursday, July 5th.

Cornell’s Energy Efficiency Can Pay back in Months

For more than 70 years, Cornell pumps have been among the most efficient in the industry. Our engineers take care in designing robust pumps with excellent hydraulics.

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The efficiency difference can be significant though—the Cornell 6RB pump, with 88% efficiency, has a Brake Horse Power of 124 versus another manufacturer’s pump at 78% efficiency and 139.9 Brake Horse Power. If using electricity at 11 cents per Kilowatt hour, the Cornell Pump would save more than $3,000 a year when run 3000 hours a year. Over five years, the savings is more than $20,000!

Our Pump-Flo sizing program offers examinations of run conditions/ efficiencies of Cornell clear liquids and solids handling pumps.

Pump-Flow Curve Screen


Pump-Flo energy cost calculator

Memorial Day 2018

Cornell Pump Company will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial day.

Cornell Pinewood Derby & Open House

May 5th was Derby Day in Kentucky; it was also Derby Day in Clackamas! The inaugural Cornell Pump Pinewood Derby was held for both children and adults, in conjunction with an open house to show off employees’ work place to their families.

Winners of the Cornell Pinewood Derby -Clockwise from top left: Alec, fastest car; Drew, most innovative; Savannah, best design; Adult’s league fastest car and best design, Michele Lukowski.

There were thrills, spills, fast cars, and elation. In the end, awards were given for fastest cars and best designs in both the child and adult categories.  Every child participant received a goodie bag, and there were plenty of games, food carts, and giveaways for the whole family.

Cornell hosts great events throughout the year. Right now, we have several open positions; if you or a friend would like to join our team, you can be on board for our next family outing, the summer picnic!