Category: Commercial Solutions

Exterior of One North LaSalle in Chicago

The One North LaSalle Building is a building in the LaSalle Street corridor in the Loop community area of Chicago. It was for some time one of Chicago’s tallest buildings.

Previously the domestic water in the building was supplied via a duplex pump system and tank in the sub-basement which pumped water up to the 25th floor.  On the 25th floor another duplex pump system would then pump water up to the 48th floor and would store domestic water in two large atmospheric storage tanks.  These tanks would then gravity feed the building. 

We were contacted to engineer a new pump system for the entire building, the previous pumps were aging and before they were to require extensive maintenance or a catastrophic failure the chief engineer of the building wanted to install a new pumps system.  In addition to new pumps the chief engineer was looking to have a high efficiency pump system incorporating variable speed drives as well as an intelligent PLC based controller to communicate with the building automation system. 

We worked with the building chief engineer and the installing contractor to fabricate (2) new custom pump systems, each designed to be “knocked down” to ease installation due to age of the building and the narrow hallways and doorways to get to the mechanical rooms on both the sub-basement and the 25th floor.

Each system incorporated a remote pressure transmitter allowing for precise pressure control.  Although unique but not uncommon, the building is laid out so the lower level booster system pumps directly into the upper level booster system.  The remote transmitter ensures that we maintain consistent and precise pressure both at the top of the building and at the mid-level of the building where the two systems meet.

Low zone system in the sub-basement of 1 N LaSalle.

Low Zone System included:

(1) MetroTech-III Pressure Controller w/ BACnet connectivity and Remote Pressure Transmitter

(2) 40 HP Variable Frequency Drives

(2) 40 HP Vertical Multi-Stage Feed Pumps

(4) 119 Gallon ASME rated Hydro-pneumatic Bladder Tanks



High zone system on the 25th floor of 1 N LaSalle.

High Zone System included:

(1) MetroTech-III Pressure Controller w/ BACnet connectivity and Remote Pressure Transmitter

(2) 20 HP Variable Frequency Drives

(2) 20 HP Vertical Multi-Stage Feed Pumps

(4) 119 Gallon ASME rated Hydro-pneumatic Bladder Tanks



Metropolitan Industries has reached another historic business milestone within the month of September. The prominent water management technology solutions company closed the sale on acquiring Emecole, Inc. The sale shows a positive growth for the future of both companies. The acquisition transitions will follow in the months to come, according to Metropolitan Industries, Inc. President John Kochan, Jr.

Founded and based in Romeoville, IL, Emecole, Inc. manufactures and distributes concrete repair chemicals and waterproofing solutions. For nearly 30 years, Emecole has been the industry leader in concrete repair chemicals and waterproofing solutions. Emecole was founded by current president Louis Cole. Cole always carried the drive to reduce the labor and costs associated with leaking cracks from basement foundations. In his career, Cole has been awarded 10 patents from creating his state-of-the-art low-pressure injection system that has become the leading industry standard for approaching concrete crack repairs.

The purchase allows Metropolitan Industries to cross-promote between the two business by allowing each respected company’s products to be sold in the territories covered by the other company. Emecole’s operations will remain in their existing facility presently.

John Kochan, Jr. stated that he is, “excited for the new team to strengthen the family business as we look forward to our commitment to continued growth and for Metropolitan to continue to be a market leader in all our areas of business both today and tomorrow.”


Metropolitan Industries, Inc. has unveiled a new logo and company name to signify the acquisition; Emecole Metro LLC








As innovators in the water and wastewater industries, Metropolitan has the knowledge, experience and capabilities of developing new technologies to create reliable products within the Municipal, Commercial and Residential sectors of the industries.

Metropolitan introduces four products recently added to our Ion® products line, Ion+® Ion® Endeavor , the Ion® ConverterIon® Gateway and an update to the Level Management System, the LMS II. As 2014 progresses, Metropolitan hopes to adhere to its promise of Rising to the Next Level, releasing more innovative products and maintaining its vision of being a single source for quality pumps, control systems and ancillary equipment serving many water and wastewater industries.


Metropolitan is proud to introduce the world’s first digital, piggyback sensor sump and sewage pump level control sensor, the Ion+®. This unique control sensor with integrated alarms works like a standard Ion® digital level control switch, while providing alarm notification through an audible buzzer, LED indicators, and dry alarm contact.

The alarm notifications include pump fault, system fault, and high-level alarm. The dry contact output of the Ion+® allows the device to be connected to external alarm notification systems such as our Ion® Gateway or MetroMail web-based remote monitoring systems. The Ion® digital level control technology provides superior performance and reliability when compared to industry standard mechanical pump switches.

With easy detection in the case of high water, this all in one digital sensor provides three colored lights located on the switch to indicate power, high water and many other functions.

This first of its kind solid state sensing technology has no moving parts and starts and stops pump through the piggy back and pump power cord. The multipoint sealing mechanism supersedes single surface seals with no contact points with an inverter rating for use with most battery backup systems.

The Ion+® is easy to install and can be used with a standard Ion|StormPro® pump.


 Ion® Endeavor

Designed specifically with the capability of operating two plug-in, single phase pumps simultaneously, Metropolitan recently developed the Ion® Endeavor, a Duplexing Plug-In Pump Controller. The unit will attract users and designers of dual-pump systems for sewage, sump, bilge, effluent, condensation and similar drainage applications.

This type of pump controller is ideal for many types of facilities, ranging from upscale residences to mid-size commercial buildings such as schools, bank-branches, university buildings and other applications which require simple straight forward control of two plug-in drainage pumps.

The Ion® Endeavor controller is perfectly matched with the Ion|StormPro® pump line, which includes pumps capable of flow-rates up to 150-GPM, while operating through the Ion® Endeavor.

Truly revolutionary in the plug-in pumping marketplace, this is no ordinary pump controller.  The Ion® Endeavor comes complete with a user-friendly LCD display screen, which allows the user to manage the operational aspects of the pump system, without accessing the wet-well. The wet-well level set-point controls the lead pump on level and can be adjusted from 2” to 72” in 0.5” increments.

The Ion® Endeavor automatically senses all critical operating information, including the ‘real-time’ water level, level-sensor functionality, pump operation or failures, operating time and the operating amps of the pumps.

Using Metropolitan’s Ion® Digital Level Sensors, the Ion® Endeavor has the ability to sense the water level, while the sensors remain fixed.

The display screen, combined with the LED status indicating lights, audible alarm and cutting-edge connectivity capabilities provides the user with unparalleled monitoring capabilities. The optional Ethernet module provides a web page showing system status and e-mail/text alarm notification The unit can be integrated with various types of external communication-devices such as Metropolitan’s MetroMail or Ion® Gateway web-based remote monitoring systems.

Ion® Converter

Metropolitan introduces a new way to continue using your original level control system without having to rely on the unreliable mechanical style floats.

Introducing the Ion® Converter, using the digital level information received from the revolutionary Ion® Digital Level Sensors, will now produce dry contact outputs that mimic operation typical of level switches. By operating the Ion® Converter and the Ion® digital level sensors the significant problems caused by using unreliable mechanical style floats are now eliminated.

Simply “make the switch” to the revolutionary Ion® Digital Level Sensors without having to replace the original control panel.

Ion® Gateway

To further expand both the capability and diversity of the Ion® product line, Metropolitan Industries is proud to announce the release of the Ion® Gateway, the company’s newly developed wireless sensor network.

The Ion® Gateway gives customers the ability to monitor incidents such as power loss, temperature, high water and more.  Using both the cellular gateway link and wireless sensors, the Ion® Gateway sends alarm notification direct to your e-mail address or SMS text account.

Customers can now remotely monitor various aspects of their home with a low-cost solution. The Ion® Gateway provides customers with advantages other monitoring systems simply cannot provide, specifically the ease of installation, price and its many monitoring capabilities.

Once the information has been received by the gateway it is instantly sent to the server. This technology allows the server to respond immediately whether it be a customer’s basement flooding or an intrusion within the customer’s home.

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Now more than ever, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants are relying on a dependable wet well level control. Metropolitan’s LMS II Level Management System is a pre-programmed, high performance wet well level controller that allows users to seamlessly alter pump options, transducer options and more, providing access to basic SCADA features at a cost-effective price.

The LMS II is a menu-configurable, constant or variable speed, pump down level controller, allowing for the control of one to three pumps, with optional pre-programmed configurations for single/dual level transducers, 0-20 mA flow meter input, and a completely redundant float backup controller. Seal fails and thermal inputs are also available standard.

The LMS II can be accessed remotely and controlled using a laptop or directly on the touch screen at a lift station. With either an existing internet connection or cell modem, and Metropolitan’s own MetroMail™ alarm dialing system, users can receive alarm notification via any SMS text or e-mail compatible device.

The LMS II allows users to alter pump options, transducer options and more. Each LMS II unit comes complete with integrated help screens, making the operation of your system easy and intuitive.

The system eliminates the need for controls located within confined spaces. The remote access capability, has saved time for the treatment plant workers who before would have to go to every station before knowing what the problem was. Now it is all on the screen and available through various communication methods.

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Installation of the pre-fabricated boiler-house for the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center at Hines Veteran Administration of Joliet, measuring 47-feet long by 20-feet wide by 13-feet tall, one of Metropolitan’s largest housed system to date.


What started as an engineering and fabrication challenge for Metropolitan Industries, has turned into one of the largest housed systems we have produced in our 55 plus year history: A prefabricated boiler-house measuring 47-feet long by 20-feet wide by 13-feet tall and weighing almost 90,000 lbs.

Following months of arduous labor and immense preparation from the Metropolitan team, the modular central steam plant designed for the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Center at Hines Veterans Administration of Joliet, Ill. departed our facility and was placed in its permanent home.

Designed to provide steam and water utilities to a facility purchased by the Veterans Administration and located on the Old Silver Cross Hospital Campus in Joliet, mechanical division salesman Mike Temes described the project as “fast moving” and said Metropolitan wasn’t brought in on the project until the bidding process was nearly closed.  The short time frame from bidding the project to receiving the customer’s letter of intent required extensive planning amongst the many departments of our company.

“Once we came to the realization that we were a legitimate contender to receive this project, a meeting was conducted between our engineering, electrical, fabrication and sales staff to determine whether or not we could complete such an intricate job during the allotted time,” said Temes.  “From the start everyone involved in the project was extremely eager to help and provide support. These individuals were extremely supportive in the early process of this project and it could not have gotten off the ground without them.”

With a project integrating so many complex components, Temes said that both he and project engineer Neil Vogel relied heavily upon the expertise of Metropolitan’s staff for direction, and that the sacrifices exhibited were striking.

“This entire project has been a valuable exercise in teamwork and unity,” said Temes.  “As relatively new employees, Neil and I are novices in the design of prefabricated structures and relied greatly upon our co-workers for help.  Our staff members experienced in the design of these structures went above and beyond to assist us with this project, and the sacrifices made speaks volumes about the team atmosphere present here at Metropolitan.”

Among the many challenges faced throughout the project’s development, two particular challenges were overcome during the process.

“This structure is larger than what we could accommodate when it came to erecting the building within our facility,” said Vogel.  “Fortunately Metropolitan invested in the expansion of our warehouse doors, thus allowing us to complete almost all of the fabrication and wiring of the building indoors during the harsh winter months.”

He also cited the drawing and assembly of the structure as a demanding process for our engineering staff. The final submittals were extremely intricate, which required our engineering, fabrication and electrical staffs to pay very close attention to detail throughout the project’s construction.

The steam boilers for this project had the longest lead time of any equipment on this project.  For that reason we had to wait until the steam boilers were at our facility to start the majority of the structural fabrication.

“One of the most extraordinary aspects of this project is the fact that the majority of its construction has taken place over a 10 week period,” said Temes.  “We couldn’t order materials and put torch to metal until we received the approved submittals, and studied the precise specifications that the customer required.”

Due to the sheer size and weight of the building we needed to have the base design stamped by a professional structural engineer.

“The collaboration of efforts between Metropolitan’s sales, engineering, fabrication and electrical departments, the trucking company, and the crane operator, ultimately played the most prominent role in the installation’s success,” said  Metropolitan’s project engineer Neil Vogel.  “Transporting such a large structure from one site to another is no easy feat, but we were able to achieve positive results with the right team and strategy in place.”

Ushered by police escorts and accompanied by many Metropolitan personnel, the boiler-house was moved nearly 10 miles to the job site with complete ease, and the installation process began shortly thereafter.

The entire installation went as well as we had envisioned, and no issues were encountered throughout the process. Both the police escorts and the trucking company did a fabulous job of not only ensuring that the structure arrived safely, but did so in a timely manner. The entire installation was a valuable exercise in teamwork and everyone involved should be credited for its success.

In an effort to provide a cost effective benefit, the VA was able to officially disconnect its building from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop and is now receiving its steam from the new modular central steam plant.

Project engineer Peter Papanikolaou of KJWW Engineering Consultants was pleased Metropolitan was ultimately brought in to contribute to the project and is satisfied with the end result.

“I was very familiar with the work Metropolitan had completed in regard to housed pumping stations, and was pleased to discover that they could engineer a sophisticated steam-based system like this,” said Papanikolaou.  “It was comforting working with a local organization, which ultimately helped everyone involved with the project.  Overall, I would describe Metropolitan as extremely professional and helpful during this entire venture.”

Officially disconnected from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop, the VA is now receiving steam and water utilities from the Joliet Modular Central Steam Plant. (Interior View)

Officially disconnected from the original Silver Cross Hospital central loop, the VA is now receiving steam and water utilities from the Joliet Modular Central Steam Plant. (Interior View)




Are you repairing or replacing any leaky coils from the recent winter weather?

Whether it’s a steam or water coil, at Metropolitan Industries, Inc. our heat transfer specialists field measure all replacement coils.  This ensures that the installation of that coil will be as quick and hassle-free as possible.  Even if you are repairing a leak, call us to schedule a free estimate.   Once you have a quote you can use that information to order the coil anytime.

We can custom build a coil to meet any size, material or performance specification and our heat transfer specialists will review your system requirements to make certain that the coil you buy will perform to your absolute satisfaction.

We offer competitive pricing on all our coils and can deliver a custom-made coil in as quickly as a 5 working days! With our selection, competitive pricing, availability and expertise, we are your number one source for heating and cooling coils.


Control valve problems?  Pump problems? Steam trap problems?  We can help you with that too!


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