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New Video - Little Giant 75th Anniversary Employee Celebration

In 2016, Franklin Electric is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little Giant®. Recently, at the75th Celebration 1 employee celebration held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company was recognized by Mick Cornett, Mayor of the City of Oklahoma City, with the issuance of a proclamation for reaching this historic milestone. In addition, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Gregg Sengstack and Franklin Electric Vice President and President of North America Water Systems, DeLancey Davis spoke about the longevity of the company and how it revolves around great people.

To view the video, click here.

 

New Video: Thank You for 75 Great Years

We appreciate you! 2016 marks the 75th Thank You VideoAnniversary for Little Giant®. This video is just one way we are saying thank you to our amazing collection of employees, customers, and business partners who have teamed together to make Little Giant the leader it is today.

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New Little Giant® VCC-20-P Series Provides Solution for Limited Space Installations

Little Giant® now offers the new VCC-20-P Series for plenum applications where limited space or gravity drainage is impractical. This pump is designed for the automatic collection and removal of condensate from air conditioning, refrigeration, and dehumidification equipment installed in air handling and plenum applications, including office buildings, VCC20P_Rightmanufacturing facilities, schools, hospitals, or any other commercial space.

Pump Features:

  • Meets the requirements of UL 2043 and is labeled “For Plenum Applications”
  • 1/30 hp motor
  • 1-3/4" low profile tank height ideal for tight spaces
  • Vertical centrifugal pump design
  • Automatic start and stop switch
  • Thermally protected, fan-cooled motor
  • Stainless motor shaft

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Little Giant® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

2016 marks the 75th Anniversary for the Little Giant® brand of plumbing, HVAC, dewatering, utility and a variety of other pumps. Little Giant, a Franklin Electric brand, originated in 1941 when a plumber named R.M. “Doc” Wolfe found a solution to the quality challenges he faced with evaporative cooling pumps. The Little Giant Vaporizer was born and was considered the first electric motor-driven submersible pump of its kind on the market. Shortly thereafter, the Little Giant Vaporizer Company was created in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where 15 employees manufactured submersible vaporizers for evaporative coolers.

“Little Giant products and people have been an important addition to the Franklin family,”LG_75th _OCYC_Logo _CLR
said DeLancey Davis, Franklin Electric Vice President and President of North America Water Systems. “Little Giant has provided a terrific base business in the wastewater, HVAC and outdoor living channels, and holds strong brand recognition with key areas of distribution in each of these markets. Much of this can be attributed to consistent product introductions, innovations, and a loyal customer base that has continued to make Little Giant their brand of choice for 75 years. The Little Giant brand was built on dedication to quality and availability and is a testament to our loyal employees who put their craftsmanship into every Little Giant product to support our customers’ craft. We are truly grateful to our ideal collection of employees, customers, and business partners who have teamed together for 75 years to make Little Giant the leader it is today.”

After World War II, Little Giant purchased an aluminum die-casting machine and started taking on die-casting contractor work in the 1940s to further increase sales and personnel Little Giant Vaporizer Co - Oldexpertise. By 1950, this expertise had grown so much that the company was able to develop and manufacture an upgraded Little Giant Vaporizer Pump that could be used anywhere water recirculation was a problem. This basic, self-contained electric motor-driven submersible pump was a small low-pressure, high-volume pump that was used specifically for the recirculation of water for evaporative coolers, minnow tanks, home garden pools and fountains, light coolant oils for machine tools, laboratory uses and many other water transfer applications.

In 1954, the development of the Little Giant C2 and C3 pumps signaled the company’s true entrance into the condensate pump business. In 1960, the company reorganized and changed its name to Little Giant Corporation, expanding its focus to battery chargers and steam cleaning machines that were later sold so the company could focus completely on water pumping. Over the next 20 years, the company continued to build its name around innovation with: condensate removal pumps (1958), sump pumps (1963), magnetic drive pumps (1968), sump/sewage/effluent pumps (1980), Eliminator Series 8E, 9S, 10S pumps (1985), aquarium pumps (1990), WRS-5 and WRS-6 sewage basins (1990), pool cover pumps (1996), decorative outdoor living products for the landscape industry (1997), the VCMA condensate pump (1999), grinder pumps (2000), Pit+Plus® sewage basins (2003), and outdoor living LED lights (2004).

Little Giant was purchased by Franklin Electric, a leading global manufacturer of pumps, motors, drives and controls for residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and municipal applications, in 2006. With the combined Franklin engineering and manufacturing teams, the Little Giant brand has continued its focus on providing innovative products that solve contractor challenges in the pumping industry. Little Giant’s wastewater product expertise includes sump, sewage, effluent, dewatering, condensate, magnetic drive, and utility pumps, as well as low pressure sewer systems. The Little Giant Outdoor Living product line includes a variety of pumps and accessories for decorative water, hydroponics, aquarium, pool, and marine applications.

For more information on Little Giant Outdoor Living products, visit www.lg-outdoor.com.

New GP Series Grinder Video

See it for yourself. The enhanced Little Giant® GP Series Grinder Pump handles the tough demands of higher head conditions found in many low pressure sewage applications. This video takes a deeper look into the utilization of its reliable patented cutter system at 414,000 cuts per minute.

Watch It Shred:

-Leather Gloves
-“Flushable” Wipes
-Cleaning Cloths
-Knotted Rags
-Feminine Products
-Diapers
-And More…

This unit incorporates two impeller stages for efficient pumping of sewage slurries up to 130 feet.

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Final Cut – TV Series Features Little Giant Solutions Supporting Military Vet

If you didn’t catch it, Little Giant® recently teamed with the Military MakeoverTM national television series on the Lifetime® Network to provide retired Technical Sergeant Kevin Parke and his family of seven with multiple water system solutions for their home in Crestview, Florida. These solutions were featured over a three-episode series of Designing Spaces® Military Makeover.Military Makeover Stayton

Video – Click here to view the Franklin cut that includes Kevin Parke’s touching story!

In this video, you’ll see the many sides of Little Giant’s product offering through the installation of:

  • Inline 400 pressure boosting system to increase water pressure throughout the home when water is being used for multiple needs, such as laundry, dishes, and showering.
  • Little Giant WRS Series sump pump system attached to a new utility sink in the garage to help the family clean up before entering the home.
  • VCMX-20 Series condensate pump to remove condensate created by the new ice maker in the garage.
  • A stunning Koi Pond featuring a Little Giant pump, skimmer, biological water filter, liner and LED lighting for the Parke’s relaxation pleasure.
  • A beautiful Little Giant Disappearing Fountain outside the front porch that produces the calming sound of flowing water.

Little Giant Supports Military Vet with Whole Home Water System Solutions

Parke FamilyWe recently teamed with the Military MakeoverTM national television series on the Lifetime® Network to provide retired Technical Sergeant Kevin Parke and his family of seven with multiple water system solutions for their home in Crestview, Florida, in recognition and gratitude for the sacrifices he made for our country. See the tune in here and set your DVRs today!

Air Dates/Times

  • The season five series premier of Designing Spaces® Military Makeover is initially airing on Lifetime Network at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT on February 18, 2016, and then re-airing at the same time and network on February 25, 2016.
  • Episode three of the three-part series, also featuring Little Giant, can be seen on Lifetime Network at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT on March 17, 2016, and will re-air at the same time and network on March 24, 2016.

Products Featured on the Show
Little Giant was thrilled to work directly with the family to identify multiple water Little Giant WRS Seriessolutions:

  • Inline 400 pressure boosting system to increase water pressure throughout the home when water is being used for multiple needs, such as laundry, dishes, and showering. During early discussions with the Parke family, it was obvious that water pressure was a problem due in part to their lawn irrigation system. “When the lawn sprinklers run, we get no water pressure in the house,” said Sergeant Parke. “So, we just stopped running the sprinklers at night to accommodate our schedule.” The Parke’s no longer have to work around this scheduling hassle.
  • Little Giant® WRS Series sump pump system attached to a new utility sink in the Little Giant VCMX 20garage to help the family clean up before entering the home.
  • Little Giant VCMX-20 Series condensate pump to remove condensate created by the new ice maker in the garage.
  • A stunning Koi Pond featuring a Little Giant pump, skimmer, biological water filter, liner and LED lighting for the Parke’s relaxation pleasure.
  • A beautiful Little Giant Disappearing Fountain outside the front porch that produces the calming sound of flowing water.

Kevin Parke’s Story
Kevin Parke is a recently retired Air Force veteran where he was an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. During his second deployment in Afghanistan, he specialized in disarming IEDs (improvised explosive devices) to keep our soldiers safe when traveling through the country. Within a timeframe of six months, retried Sergeant Parke and his team disarmed 87 IEDs before they exploded and analyzed another 50-plus IEDs post blast. During this same time, he was also part of three missions where IED’s detonated underneath his military vehicle, causing multiple back, leg and brain injuries that he, and subsequently, his family now endure every day.

“This was a win-win opportunity for Little Giant/Franklin Electric,” said DeLancey Davis, Franklin Electric’s President of its North America Water Systems division. “We had the opportunity to showcase our products, work with a terrific organization and serve a truly worthy family. It also provided our staff the chance to work with professional water systems contractors and get hands-on experience with how our entire offering of cleanwater, wastewater and outdoor living products benefit a local family. We thank Sergeant Parke for his service and wish his family the best with their remodeled home.”

For more information about Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover, visit http://www.militarymakeover.tv/.

New: 6EC/10EC Series Sump/Effluent Pumps

Little Giant 6EC SeriesLittle Giant® is pleased to announce our enhanced 6EC Series and 10EC Series of sump/effluent pumps. A replacement for our 6EN/10EN platform and still featuring PSC motors, the 6EC and 10EC pumps provide lower current draw, higher energy efficiency, and improved performance.

These new units feature cast iron covers and a polypropylene base that includes the stainless plate. Additional models are now available with a durable cast iron base providing increased intake area, reducing intake velocities and clogging potential.

  • 1/3 hp 6EC Series – Consumes only 5.0 amps while producing 53 gpm at 5 feet of head and reaching a maximum shut-off of 28 feet.Little Giant 10EC Series
  • 1/2 hp 10EC Series – Touts a full-load rating of only 6.5 amps and produces 67 gpm at 5 feet of head with a maximum shut-off of
     36 feet.

All new models of the 6EC Series and 10EC Series include a 2-year warranty and are offered with the reliable Snap-Action Float Switch (SFS) featuring rugged stainless steel switch arms.

Learn more about the 6EC Series and the 10EC Series.

Franklin In The Field: Protect Your Investment With One Small Purchase

A true story told by Mark Reeder, Director of Innovation & Field Marketing…

“Here’s the epitome of ’penny wise and dollar foolish’ in our industry: Like many of us, a homeowner lives in an area of the country where it rains. Sometimes, it rains a lot. Their home has a basement, and when it rains, they have a sump pump to collect and remove that water from the lowest part of the residence.

When their home was built, the basement was just a poured concrete room that held theBattery Backup System mechanicals such as the pressure tank, water heater, and furnace.

But today, it’s a different story. A couple of years ago, the homeowner remodeled the basement, and made it a so-called media room, den, whatever. They spent several thousand dollars on the upgrade, then added an HDTV, carpeting, and maybe even a nice pool table. In addition, in the intervening years, the unfinished part of the basement became easy storage for family heirlooms such as diplomas, Little League trophies, and Christmas decorations.

What Didn’t the Homeowner Do?

He didn’t invest a few hundred dollars in a battery-powered back-up sump pump. Maybe their contractor never mentioned it, maybe they didn’t know such a thing existed, or maybe it looked too complicated to install. My guess is that it most likely seemed like an unnecessary expense.

Fast forward a few years … Someday, two things are going to happen at the same time: It’s going to rain, and rain a lot. That “once in every 5 years” thunderstorm. The other thing that’s going to happen is that the power is going to go out. Here’s the irony to me: When is the greatest chance of no power? During that once in every five years thunderstorm that produces a record rainfall! The ultimate double whammy. Or, someday, years down the road, like all mechanical things, that sump pump is going to wear out and stop pumping.

In either scenario, there’s going to be thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and anguish that could have been prevented with a small investment. But alas, that would have been extra money that could have gone to the HDTV or upgraded carpet.”

For more information on our new SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems, click here.

AHR 2016: Wide Array of Little Giant HVAC Innovations on Display

Little Giant® will display a wide array of new HVAC pumping innovations at the 2016 AHR Expo in Booth 4842 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 25-27. Here’s a peak into the new products that will be showcased:Little Giant EC 1 DV

The new Little Giant EC-1-DV Series Mini Condensate Removal Pump provides multi-voltage operation from one unit. The pump is designed to operate on residential and commercial voltages of 115V, 208V and 230V single phase. The EC-1-DV and EC-1K-DV accomplish this multi-voltage operation by sensing the supply voltage and providing only the right amount of power to drive the pump to produce precise and consistent pumping performance. In addition to this new feature, it includes all the innovative features of the existing EC-1 Series.

The new Little Giant Speedi DuctTM line set duct and accessories cover, protect and 2016 AHR Show Graphicaesthetically hide refrigeration line sets for both mini-split and ducted air conditioner systems. Available in the color white or ivory, Speedi Duct naturally blends in against structures of similar colors or can be painted to match any exterior color. Multiple sizes of straight duct along with accessories, such as elbows, bends, caps, and joints, provide a flexible solution around any problematic location or application. In addition, Speedi Duct is easy to install. One of its primary features, the patented SpinFix™ clip and rail system, allows the contractor to quickly secure the line set, drain tubing and electrical wiring while the Speedi Duct covers are easily snapped on over the top. A variety of all-inclusive installation kits, including the new Flex Hose kits, also provide the contractor with everything needed to quickly and properly meet the need of the application.

The expanded VR Series line of vertical, stainless steel multi-stage pumps deliver water under pressure for HVAC applications. These booster pumps are now available in 3, 5, 9, 15, 20, 30, 45, 65 and 95 m3/h options with a flow range up to 600 gpm and 750 feet of total dynamic head (TDH). Each pump features all 316 stainless steel hydraulic components for optimum durability, efficiency and performance – even in corrosive water applications. Impellers and diffuser stages are fabricated from heavy gauge stainless steel using advanced welding technology. The oversized ball bearing/coupler assembly eliminates the need for stack height adjustment and supports the axial thrust load. The elimination of axial thrust allows the VR Series pumps to utilize industry standard motors instead of the high-thrust motors commonly required in similar industry applications.

For more information about AHR, click here.