At Metropolitan, we can supply all equipment needed to keep your pump station functioning as efficiently as possible.  Our adaptability and knowledge of new technologies give us the ability to supply the most cutting-edge equipment, which can extend the life of a system and save end users funds.  We recently supplied equipment to two pump stations with the end goal of bringing up to date, cost-efficient solutions to our customers.

Joe Orr Road Lift Stations – Chicago Heights, IL

Metropolitan supplied all equipment for the upgrade of the Joe Orr Road Lift Stations of Chicago Heights, IL.

Metropolitan supplied all equipment for the upgrade of the Joe Orr Road Lift Stations of Chicago Heights, IL.

Metropolitan was chosen to supply all equipment associated with the upgrade of the existing Stormwater and Sanitary Lift Stations for the Joe Orr Road Lift Stations of Chicago Heights, IL.  The new lift stations include a number of up to date accessories and were housed in a large pre-fabricated concrete building.

Metropolitan’s Bob Wedell said a number of factors contributed to the customer’s decision to make the upgrades.

“The project was done to replace an existing dry-pit type sanitary lift station that was over 30 years old,” said Wedell.  “The design was chosen to eliminate the confined space environment as well as improve the operational efficiency, thus improving safety and reducing cost of daily operations.”

The Stormwater Lift Station contains two Hydromatic model S4N300 submersible non-clog pumps, each with a capacity of 150 GPM at 20’ TDH.  Each motor is rated at 3 HP, 1750 RPM, 230 volts and 60 Hz.  One submersible level controller and five level switches to control on, off, override and alarm levels were also provided with the Stormwater Station.

The Sanitary Lift Station contains two Hydromatic model S4MVX750 submersible non-clog vortex explosion pumps, each with a capacity of 375 GPM at 28.5’ TDH.  Each motor is rated at 7.5 HP, 1750 RPM, 230 volts, 60 Hz and are explosion proof at Class I, Division I, Group C and/or Group D locations.  One submersible level controller and five level switches to control on, off, override and alarm levels were also provided with the Sanitary Station.

The pre-fabricated concrete building measures at 20’ L x 8’ W x 9’ H (outside dimensions).  The building is comprised of a 36” x 84” single door for the control room and a 72” x 84” double door for the generator room.  A Caterpillar 55kW rated generator was also included.

Wedell said the way in which the total system operates makes the application distinctive and efficient.

“This project is unique because the controls and generator are capable of operating the sanitary lift station as well as the nearby storm water lift station,” said Wedell. “By discussing the options and costs associated with also upgrading the storm water lift station simultaneously with the sanitary lift station the owner and engineer were able to make an educated decision to upgrade both lift stations and reap the benefits of twice the improved technology more cost effectively.”

Wedell said Metropolitan’s involvement in the project can be attributed to a long standing relationship with the City of Chicago Heights and project engineer.

“Metropolitan has been a trusted partner for the owner and engineer for many years and we were contacted at this projects’ inception,” said Wedell. “We were instrumental in assisting with the design which included budget number preparation used for grant funding acquisition.”

71st Street Stormwater Pump Station – Bridgeview, IL

Pictured are controls supplied to the 71st Street Stormwater Pump Station in Bridgeview, IL.

Pictured are controls supplied to the 71st Street Stormwater Pump Station in Bridgeview, IL.

Metropolitan was also chosen to supply equipment to the 71st Street Stormwater Pump Station in Bridgeview, IL.  The control and power distribution equipment was housed in a prefabricated concrete building with outside dimensions of 10’6” in length and 10’4” in width.

Three Hydromatic model S12L4000 non-clog pumps with 100’ cords and silicon carbide seals were supplied.  Each pump has a capacity of 3142 GPM at 29.2’ TDH for a total pumping capacity of 9,426 GPM when operation in parallel.  Each motor is rated at 40 HP, 1150 RPM, 460 volts, 60Hz and three phase.  A 125 kW natural gas, sound attenuated, Caterpillar generator was also included in the equipment package.

Wedell said Metropolitan was contacted to take part in the project at the project’s inception and that the eventual place where the building would be placed and function had much to do with its overall design.

“This pump station is on the southwest side of Toyota Park on 71st Street in Bridgeview where an IDOT viaduct is being constructed so that traffic can flow under the railroad tracks,” said Wedell.  “The pumps will displace stormwater during rain events to prevent the viaduct from flooding.”

Wedell said additions of variable frequency drives and enhanced controls with SCADA components will provide the municipality with both energy efficient operation and alarm notification if procedure encounters a malfunction.

“This station has been designed with variable frequency drives which will vary the speed of the pumps to match the rainfall event,” said Wedell.  “By varying the speed of the pumps, the motors will only consume the amps needed to match the influent rate, thus saving on electrical costs.”

For more information, please contact Bob Wedell at 815-886-9200, ext. 262.


Traveling over 2100 miles from the West Coast to the Midwest can be a long haul. Now add barrels of beer to the mix. For years a California based brewery, recognized as one of the largest craft breweries in the nation, has been delivering its beer to the Midwest. When the company decided to expand, due to growth in popularity, there was no question where the new facility would be located.

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The pump package includes three variable speed duplex booster pumps.

Once a former steel plant and recent TV set for productions like Chicago Fire, the 300,000 square foot facility on Chicago’s South Side, has been transformed into the largest craft brewery in Illinois after opening for operation in April. A facility so large, it has the ability to produce 500,000 barrels of beer per year. That’s 450 bottles of beer per minute!

As a major ingredient in beer, water plays a big role in a brewing facility. So how exactly do water and beer meet? The answer is in the basement of the brewery where pump systems use the technology and equipment needed to send pure water from the outside water supply to where it needs to go within the facility.

With the warm up throughout the country and the large beer demands the company expected in the summer months, accommodations were made to accelerate the design, production and installation process of the booster systems installed at the facility. In collaboration with Building Engineering Systems of Chicago, Ill., Metropolitan Industries met the challenge and within a three-week period the two most critical systems that service the bottling plant were installed on time with a seamless startup.

The pump package, manufactured by Metropolitan, includes three variable speed duplex water pressure booster systems with the capability for the pumps to run off of one another if needed. Two of the three booster systems service the facility’s bottling plant.

The two duplex booster pump systems are designed to provide 250 gallons per minute (gpm) with one at a discharge pressure of 110 pounds per square inch (psi) and the other at a discharge pressure of 80 psi when supplied with a minimum net suction pressure of 30 psi.

The third duplex booster pump system is for domestic use and will service the taproom in the facility. It is an energy efficient variable speed prefabricated duplex pumping system designed to provide 90 gpm at a discharge pressure of 60 psi when supplied with a minimum net suction pressure of 30 psi. Each pump is cast iron stainless-fitted with cast iron casings.

In addition, each panel is equipped with a color touch screen operator interface, programmable controller with audible and visual alarms, and remote alarm contact. The controls in each system are designed to raise the set-point pressure at low flow periods, charge the tank and shut down the pumps until flow resumes.

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The duplex booster pump pictured will service the taproom looking over the bottling plant.

Today, the Chicago location can bottle beer to the capacity of the California facility (15.5 million gallons a year), but plans for expansion of the Chicago facility are expected to triple the capacity by the end of the year when the brewery will be producing beer for various cities east of Denver.

If water is one of the main ingredients in beer, the pump system helping push the water through the brewery is just as important. Thanks to new technology, manufacturers and engineers now have solutions to help provide cool, clean water at the rate needed by the beer process.

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