Ingersoll-Dresser Pump to hire skilled laborers New line requires machinists

July 29, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Ingersoll-Dresser Pump in Taneytown is ready to begin hiring skilled labor to produce the new line of products the company introduced in April, plant manager Martin Valentin told members of the Carroll County Economic Development Commission yesterday.

"Our new product line is well on its way in volume," he said. "We are in hiring mode for skilled labor."

The company is seeking machinists to construct the large vertical turbine pumps -- used in snow making, turf irrigation, mining and petroleum refining -- that the plant began building as part of its merger with the former Ingersoll-Rand company in Nebraska.

The two companies merged last fall, making Ingersoll-Dresser the third-largest pump manufacturer in the world.

At the same time, Ingersoll's Nebraska plant began manufacturing the agricultural pumps formerly produced in Taneytown.

Mr. Valentin also told fellow EDC members yesterday that the company has signed a contract with R. A. Kinsley Inc. of Timonium to expand the plant and rebuild the portion destroyed by a roof collapse during March's blizzard.

Survey work, started two weeks ago, has been completed and the company expects to receive drawings of the proposed structure in two to three weeks, Mr. Valentin said.

Construction will begin after Ingersoll receives the county building permits.

"We're looking at a four-month construction cycle," he said. "We expect to be done in mid- to late December."

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