Best PumpWorks History
In 1981, the company built a 20,000 square-foot building and relocated 10 miles south in Tyler, Texas. The company has added regularly to this location to support the growth and today this facility is approximately 100,000 square feet.
In 1986, the Pump Packages and Packaged Pump Systems part of the business had grown and a new company, Flowtronex International Inc. was created for the purpose of marketing modular pumping systems. The oil market declined in 1986 and the company was faced with the need for opening up new markets.
The knowledge of complex controls used in the oil and gas markets provided the vehicle for Flowtronex International to enter the turf irrigation market. Flowtronex International was the first company to use a variable frequency drive (inverter) to control the pumps on a golf course irrigation station. This technology permitted the power consumed by a pump station to be a smooth curve, rather than a step function. This resulted in substantial energy savings to the golf course. The first golf course to accept this new technology was the municipal golf course in Plano, TX. That pump station is still in operation today. The golf course systems went by the trade name of VSPS (Variable Speed Pumping System).
Today, Flowtronex International has expanded into New and Remanufactured Pumps (PumpWorks) and Chemical Feed Injection Systems (CFS) as well as its core business of engineered-to-order pump systems (Esys).
In 1993, VSPS and Pumping Systems Inc. (PSI) of Dallas, TX were fierce competitors and neither was making money. Best Equipment (the parent of Flowtronex International at that time), purchased PSI and created a new company Flowtronex PSI which was the combination of the VSPS unit of Flowtronex International and the existing operation of PSI. The superior controls from VSPS and the superior mechanical from PSI were combined in the new company. Today, Flowtronex PSI is the market leader in the turf irrigation market.
In 1996, substantially all of the entire group of companies was acquired by The Rosewood Corporation, which is owned by the Caroline Hunt Trust Estate. In a reorganization, Rosewood Equipment Company (REC) was created which holds the ownership of all the operating business and provides corporate services (management oversight, accounting, marketing, information systems, human resources and training) to the operating business. REC is located in Plano, TX.
In 2002, five of the officers bought the company back from Rosewood Equipment and formed B27 Inc., LLC. The current business units include:
- Best PumpWorks, specializing in pump distribution, remanufacturing, pump packages and packaged pump systems.
- Integrated Flow Solutions, specializing in the design and manufacture of engineered-to-order, skid-mounted modular process systems.