Category: Residential Solutions

The new, Ion+ Connect with text notifications.

You are on vacation, the sun is shining, the sand is warm, and life is good. At home, it has been raining for two days and you could not be happier to be away from the gray and gloom. However, in the back of your mind there is also a little voice saying, “I hope the sump pump is able to keep up.”

More often than not, a sump pump does its job. When it does not, the backup pump kicks in and helps out until the issue can be resolved. The odds of something going wrong while on vacation are no greater than they are at other times (at work, asleep, etc.), but when a pump fails and no one is around to hear the alarm, costly damage becomes a very real possibility. Even in an unfinished basement, water can create problems. However, you cannot always be home to wait for the alarm and, even if you hear it, a beep does not tell you what is actually happening. Did the power go out? Is the battery dead? Did my pump fail? Is my house flooding?

At Metropolitan, we understand that life often takes you elsewhere and you may not have the time to problem solve in a pinch. That is why we designed the Ion+ Connect digital level controller with ion sensor to be your eyes and ears when you are at home or elsewhere. And it is a pretty smart system, too.

A Full Suite of Services

Designed to work with either a residential sump or sewage ejector pump, every Ion+ Connect leverages the power of the revolutionary Ion level sensor to ensure accurate alerts. 

Out of the box, the Ion+ Connect comes with an array of default notifications related to pump failure, water level, temperature, and power, including amperage draw alerts that are unique to our system. There are fourteen default alerts, each marked with an audible and visual (LED) status alert, that can also be customized to your preference to ensure that the sensor works best for you. To further enhance ease of use, the Ion+ Connect is designed to be as versatile as possible. In addition to being fully compatible with all components in the Ion family, including the Ion StormPro pump and Sumpro battery backup system, the sensor also works with most existing pumps. The real magic of the Ion+ Connect, however, is how well it works with your mobile device.

Modern Connectivity

Though a sump or sewage ejector pump may not initially sound like the most exciting IoT (Internet of things) smart home accessory, it could quickly become the most useful and cost saving device in your home. This system allows you to configure up to 10 different phones to receive alerts that are sent via SMS text notifications. Whether you are asleep in bed, across the street, or across the country, real time SMS alerts keep you aware of issues and, as with the notifications themselves, you can customize how the alerts are received: all at once (Alert Mode) or one at a time (Dialer Mode). The unit can even be programed to alert both the homeowner and the contractor/ plumber for faster service.

So why did we choose SMS cellular over Wi-Fi? The answer is simple: Power outages. While Wi-Fi connectivity continues to take the smart-home world by storm, and for good reason, the engineers at Metropolitan recognized that a power outage would probably be the worst time for the Ion+ Connect to lose connectivity. With cellular service remaining unaffected by a power outage at home, the detection system can continue to function. And, if needed, Metropolitan’s antenna kit can help ensure cellular connectivity even in the farthest back corner of the basement. The Ion+ Connect also has a battery to keep notifications coming during power outages.

Mobile Controls

Alerts are great, but they will only get you so far. Fortunately, with the unique mobile connectivity of the Ion+ Connect, alarms can also be recognized right from a connected smart phone. Or, if things seem to be running smoothly and you just want to make sure all is well, a pump test can even be initiated without ever laying a finger on the pump itself. In other words, you practically have full control of your pump right in the palm of your hand.

Of course, every Ion+ Connect is also built to the same high quality standards that have made Metropolitan Industries what it is today and, with fully customizable set points up to 72”, the unit can control nearly any pit. With all those customization options, it is easy to see how the Ion+ Connect connects seamlessly to your phone, your home, and your life on-the-go, providing peace of mind at home and away.

To learn more about the Ion+ Connect and the entire Ion Technologies family of products, visit


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








During the 2014 Annual Conference for the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI), Metropolitan Industries raffled off an Ion Genesis, smart controller and sensors from its Ion Products line.

The winner of the raffle drawing is Craig McKenzie, Regional Director of Facilities of Advocate Health Care.

Pictured (left to right) Matt Brickey (Metropolitan Industries), Craig McKenzie, (Advocate Health Care) and Mike Temes (Metropolitan Industries).

Pictured (left to right) Matt Brickey (Metropolitan Industries), Craig McKenzie, (Advocate Health Care) and Mike Temes (Metropolitan Industries).

Matt Brickey and Mike Temes of Metropolitan Industries congratulated McKenzie at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove earlier this month, and thanked him for his participation in the raffle.

Metropolitan was pleased to exhibit at the two-day conference which offered educational seminars, exhibits displaying products and services for healthcare facility management, and the opportunity to network with professionals.

Congratulations to our winner and thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle.

Many new and updated products have been added to the Ion® Products line, including the introduction to our Ion System Solution which gives contractors a better understanding on not just selling the Ion® StormPro product, but selling a solution as well, winning customers over to lifetime partners. Our certified Ion Solution Installers are recognized on our website. 

  Our new Ion Gateway product allows customers to remotely monitor various aspects of their home. The Ion Gateway provides customers with advantages other monitoring systems simply cannot provide, specifically the ease of installation, price and the many monitoring capabilities offered. To purchase the Ion Gateway, visit

  We recently made updates to the Ion® StormPro display trailer, complete with an updated water display that showcases various pumps and control equipment. The Ion Trailer features the full Ion® StormPro product line including the updated Ion® Systems and latest controls like the Ion® Endeavor, Ion+ and Ion Gateway. Ion Trailer

  The renovations made to our Ion® StormPro product line and display trailer, innovations such as our Ion Endeavor and the new capabilities the line brings allows customers to really see how the products work first hand.

  For more information on our new and updated products, contact one of our wholesalers or visit us at

  If you would like to have our mobile showroom visit your facility please contact Brian Drafke at (815) 886-9200.

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.

For more information, visit the Metropolitan Online Store at


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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