There may not be much snow here these days but one Hastings company had a hand in getting snow on the ground in Russia.
Flowserve Corp., 1314 W. Second St., helped to build castings and other parts for 20 snow-making machines sent to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, according to plant general manager Bob Wilson.
The snow machine pumps were put together at a Flowserve plant in Taneytown, Md. The castings and other pieces that went into those pumps came from the Hastings plant.
“Really it’s because we have unique facilities within Flowserve,” Wilson said this morning.
“Nobody has the foundry or fab shop like we do. We typically provide castings to Taneytown. They’re one of our biggest customers.”
Flowserve was also responsible for shipping snow-making machines to the Vancouver Olympics in 2014 along with Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980.
“We’ve been part of snow-making operations for more than 20 years,” Wilson said. “And we have pumps at over 500 ski resorts across the world.”
Additionally, Flowserve provided pumps to help with potable water distribution in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Wilson said he agrees that there are a lot of products and parts made in Hastings that people don’t realize can have such a major impact.
When he and his wife were watching the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver on television, Bob said he remembers telling his wife, “We made the pumps that made the snow right there.”
They also watched this year’s Olympics tuning in to see some of the snow they helped to make this time around.