Meet the Neighbors

Legacy Lives on in Lawrence. Continuing the 155-year heritage of Lawrence Pumps, Riverwalk welcomes a new tenant, Flowserve. 

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A niche manufacturer of centrifugal pumps, Flowserve Lawrence Pumps was previously located on Market Street where the company was established in 1862 and remained open until the manufacturing facility closed in 2017. The company experienced some changes over the years starting as Lawrence Machine Co. which was purchased by Lawrence Pumps Inc. in 1935 and then acquired by Flowserve Corporation in 2011. 

 

 A look inside FlowServe's unique office space.

A look inside FlowServe's unique office space.

According to Project Manager, Brian Smith, Flowserve chose Riverwalk because the location kept the business near its Lawrence roots, but the mill building also created “a nice, open office environment with high ceilings and let us customize the space, plus the location provided similar commutes for our employees.” He added, “The Lupoli team has been helpful in answering our questions because of our limited experience as a tenant.”

Product Engineering, Application Engineering, Aftermarket, Supply Chain and Manufacturing support for the Lawrence pump product line are all in residence at Riverwalk. Flowserve Lawrence Pumps are applied wherever harsh service conditions require reliable highly engineered pumping equipment for abrasive slurry and toxic liquid services, like Refineries, Chemical Plants and Petrochemical Plants.

 Dave Pelzcar (L) and Mike McHale in one of three conferences rooms, named after this distinct location, Merrimack, Canal and, of course, Mill.

Dave Pelzcar (L) and Mike McHale in one of three conferences rooms, named after this distinct location, Merrimack, Canal and, of course, Mill.

 

At a time when people are building careers by jumping from company to company, Flowserve honors and values the commitment and dedication of their employees. Several members of the team have been working there for decades, like Dave Pelczar. An unprecedented 48 years with the company, he began as an intern from Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School and is now a Machinist who takes great pride in his workmanship and contribution to a quality product. And then there is Mike McHale, who has 46 years of service. Starting out as a co-op from Northeastern University, he became a Manufacturing Supervisor in Assembly, worked in Pump Sales and Customer Service and is now an Aftermarket Specialist at Riverwalk, the same mill building that his father and both grandfathers worked many years ago.

So, if you are here at Riverwalk, be sure to say hello to the Flowserve team—and if you’re interested in their products and service, click here to learn more.