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Viking Pump donates $50,000+ to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)

Debbie Kleitsch
Viking Pump, Inc

Cedar Falls, Iowa – June 2014

Viking Pump recently held its annual distributor association meeting in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The event, attended by more than 75 distributor owners, drew its theme, “The Sales Revolution”, from the Revolutionary City and the colonial army. From that context participants were inspired to provide recognition to today’s military.

The idea to design and to raffle a sculpture and donate the proceeds to WWP was unanimous among the association’s board.  As the project grew momentum Patrick Taylor, President of Viking Pump, as well as Brett Finley, Executive VP of IDEX Corporation (parent company to Viking Pump) offered matching funds to the raffle proceeds.

Viking has both an Alloy and an Iron Foundry in production in Cedar Falls, Iowa, corporate headquarters of Viking Pump.  The overflow of hot metal in the process of casting casings can sometimes result in unique designs. Todd Rosin, a 37 year employee of the Alloy Foundry, used that overflow to create an original, one of a kind art piece that was raffled off to meeting participants.

The winning raffle ticket was purchased by Mitch Taylor of TP Pump of New Mexico. Mitch and wife Sandy graciously offered the sculpture for an impromptu auction with the additional proceeds also contributing to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The winning bid was provided by Rich and Terri Crawford of Wood Equipment located in Richmond, Virginia.  We congratulate both TP Pump and Wood Equipment and again extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the distributors and Viking employees for contributing to this great cause. We are pleased to announce that the evening’s proceeds exceeded $50,000.00

Over 50,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment. WWP’s 20 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

As we travel the globe we are reminded of how fortunate we are to call this great nation home.  Our visit to Williamsburg served to remind us of the sacrifices made to become a nation and the Wounded Warrior Project reminds us that it is the continued dedication and sacrifice of our military that keeps us strong - Viking Strong.

We appreciate the opportunity to have contributed to this great cause. We wish to thank those that were able to participate in the raffle but also want to thank the men and women of our armed services for their sacrifice and dedication to duty.

Viking Pump, a Unit of IDEX Corporation, is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of rotary positive displacement pumps and engineered solutions for use in every major market and in thousands of applications. Viking Pump has more than 103 years of experience in fluid handling applications.

For more information on Viking Pump, call (319) 266-1741, fax (319) 273-8157, e-mail info.viking@idexcorp.com, visit us at www.vikingpump.com or mail Viking Pump Inc., 406 State Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3343 USA.