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

3/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

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

2/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

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

1/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

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

1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

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

1/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

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.

IBS 2016: Innovations Provide Intriguing Options for Contractors

1/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Little Giant® will display a number of new pumping innovations at the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Booth C1836 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Little Giant 10EC SeriesNevada, January 19-21. New innovations include:

The new Little Giant 6EC and 10EC Series of sump/effluent 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. The 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. The 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.

The new Little Giant SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems allow contractors to provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their basement is protected from flooding whenBattery Backup System the electricity goes out. The Little Giant SPBS Series is available in four options that deliver capacities from 53-67 gallons per minute with high flow rates, quick charging time, and hours of battery longevity.

The Little Giant Inline 400 Pressure Boosting System is a compact and economical solution to most water pressure improvement needs. It couples a proven Franklin Electric pump and motor with simple flow-based controls to provide a typical water pressure boost of up to 40 PSI, depending on the application’s need. The unit’s symmetrical design allows for easy installation mounting either vertically or horizontally to fit within most existing plumbing configurations – including those where space is limited. This powerful, yet whisper quiet system is ideal for city water pressure boosting, pressurizing water from a cistern tank, re-pressurizing after filtration and irrigation system boosting applications.

In addition, a product that was unveiled at last year’s show, the Little Giant Pit+Plus® Basin, will also be on display. The Pit+Plus is an advanced, installation and service-friendly sewage basin option for plumbing contractors. The Little Giant Pit+Plus features a monolithic top to separate and promote the three key areas of a sewage package – the pump, switch and plumbing connections which can be accessed independently. Still offered with the common float switch, the system was recently redesigned to incorporate the extremely reliable and new ECM™ (External Control Module) switch option. It contains a ‘bell’ inside the basin to monitor liquid level for switch operation outside the basin, isolated from the liquid.

Go the show for free, courtesy of Little Giant!

New Little Giant® GP Series Grinders Operate Across Various Voltages

1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Little Giant® announces the introduction of the new Little Giant GP Series grinder pumps with a voltage operation from 208 V to 230 V in one model. The GP‐A (Automatic) and GP‐M (Manual) versions’ powerful motor and construction are designed to handle the tough Little Giant GP Series Grinders Manualdemands of low pressure sewage applications, utilizing the same reliable patented cutter system at 414,000 cuts per minute. These market-leading grinder pumps are now available in an automatic version for single-phase power sources and a manual version for both single-phase and 3-phase power sources.

Design features:

  • Powerful 2 hp single-phase, 3450 rpm with capacitor start/run motor with built-in overload protection to prevent over-current and over-temperature damage
  • High starting torque motor to handle the demands of grinding domestic sewage
  • Epoxy-coated cast iron finish for corrosion resistance and durability
  • Corrosion-resistant brass impeller minimizes downtime and maintenance
  • Deflection-resistant, short motor shaft
  • Seven-vane, angled face, non-clogging impeller
  • Mechanical seal: carbon/ceramic seals

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Holiday Schedule: Technical Service Hotline and Customer Relations

12/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

From the Little Giant family to yours, we hope you enjoy the Holiday Season with your family and friends as our employees do the same. Below is our Technical Service Hotline and the Customer Relations Holiday Schedule.

Technical Service Hotline Holiday Schedule:

Winnipeg:MTF_Holiday

  • Dec 21-27: Closed
  • Dec 28-30: Open 8-2:30 CST
  • Dec 31: Open 8-2 CST
  • Jan 1: Closed

Fort Wayne:

  • Dec 24: Open 8-3 EST
  • Dec 25-27: Closed
  • Dec 28-30: Open 9-4 EST
  • Dec 31: Open 9-3 EST
  • Jan 1: Closed

Oklahoma City:

  • Dec 24: Open 8-3 CST
  • Dec 25-27: Closed
  • Dec 28-30: Open 9-3:30 CST
  • Dec 31: Open 9-3 CST
  • Jan 1: Closed

Customers Relations Holiday Schedule: 

  • Dec 24: Closed at 11am CST
  • Dec 25: Closed
  • Dec 28: US – Normal Operations; Canada – Closed
  • Dec 29-30: Normal Operations
  • Dec 31- Jan 1: Closed

Normal operations resume Monday, January 4, 2016.

2015 NGWA Groundwater Expo: New Little Giant Battery Backup & 6EC on Display

12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Here’s a reason to join us in Las Vegas for the 2015 NGWA Groundwater Expo in booth 719, December 16-17. Franklin Electric/Little Giant will be unveiling two innovations Little Giant SPBS Series 12HF 10designed around the needs of the plumber – the SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems and 6EC Series. Come talk to our product experts about how you can utilize these two new products to add revenue to your business.

The new Little Giant SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems allow contractors to provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their basement is protected from flooding when the electricity goes out. The Little Giant SPBS Series is available in four options that deliver capacities from 53-67 gallons per minute with high flow rates, quick charging time, and hours of battery longevity.

The new Little Giant 6EC Series of sump/effluent pumps provide lower current Little Giant 6EC Series
draw, energy efficiency, and improved performance. These new units have updated cast iron covers and are available with an optional cast iron base, reducing intake velocities, or a polypropylene base that includes the stainless steel debris plate. The 1/3 hp 6EC Series consumes only 5.0 amps while pumping 53 gpm at 5 feet of head and reaching a maximum shut-off of 28 feet.

See you at the show!

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New SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems

11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

Little Giant® has launched the new SPBS Series Battery Backup Systems, which Little Giant SPBS Series 12HF 10includes four new systems: the SPBS-10HF, SPBS-12HF, SPBS-10HF-6, and SPBS-12HF-10. The first two options feature the full system including a primary sump pump, backup sump pump, controller, charger and alarm, while the other two options provide everything except the primary sump pump. The full systems utilize the proven Little Giant 6EC or 10EC sump pumps that deliver capacities from 53-67 gpm.


New Design Features:

  • New RS-12 Switch – Reliable and proven switch technology for backup pump
  • New Controller/Charger/Alarm – Smart computer-controlled charging system in 10 amp or 12 amp version
    • Microprocessor-controlled charging unit maintains a maximum battery charge
    • Built-in overcharge protection to prevent damage to the battery
    • Battery continually monitored to maintain full charge
    • Test button to manually run backup pump to ensure proper operation
    • Protects against reverse polarity, short circuits, and input overloads
    • Audible alarm during 12 VDC pump operation
    • Indicator lights (LED) for:
      • Power On
      • Pump Run
      • Battery Charge Level
      • Charging
      • High Water
      • Replace Fuse

A Few Additional Key Notes:

  • SPBS-10HF-6 and SPBS-12HF-10 come pre-assembled
  • All four units come with a 2-year warranty

Click here for more product information.