Category: Sump Pumps

Metropolitan Industries, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of a new line of pumps that provide versatility and cost-effective prices for customers.

Our new “X-Series” line includes four pumps that, when combined, can fill sump, effluent and sewage applications.

The X-33 is the line’s lone submersible sump pump with a motor that runs at 1/3 HP.  Features include a mechanical shaft seal, for premier reliability, and high impact thermoplastic construction.  Models are available with vertical switches.

The X-33 sump pump draws low amperage and is designed for residential uses.

“The X-33 is an entry-level 1/3 HP pump that draws low amperage, which can ultimately improve pump efficiency,” said Metropolitan salesperson Brian Drafke.  “If you’re looking for a light, inexpensive sump option, this is the pump for you.”

The X-40 and X-50 pumps are cast-iron sewage pumps designed for both residential and light commercial markets.

The X-40 has a pumping capacity of 90 GPM at 10 feet of TDH and pumps up to 26 feet of head.  It operates at 115 volts, 11 amps and has a 10 foot power cord.  The X-40 contains a 4/10 HP motor.

The X-50 has a pumping capacity of 110 GPM at 10 feet of TDH and pumps up to 27 feet of head.  It operates at 115 volts, 12 amps and has a 20 foot power cord.  The X-50 contains a ½ HP motor.

Both pumps have oil-filled and permanent split capacity motors to ensure reliability and a long life.  The pH range of each is between 5 and 9 and models contain a piggy-back Ion™ Digital Level Control float switch, the most reliable pump switch on the market.

Both the X-40 and X-50 pumps are designed for residential and light commercial markets.

“The X-40 and X-50 are both cost-competitive offerings tailored for residential and light commercial uses,” said Drafke.  “They both have the same overall appearance, impeller and cast iron design.”

The final pump of the X-Series is the X-ONE sewage pump.  In regards to its diversity, the X-ONE is the most flexible pump within the series, capable of handling any residential and light commercial application.

“What makes the X-ONE such an exciting product is the concept that it can be used in sump, effluent and sewage work,” said Drafke.  “It’s an economical choice for sewage installations, but due to its weight and carbon footprint, it’s also a viable option in residential applications.”

Rugged cast iron and thermoplastic, the X-ONE submersible sewage pump contains a vortex impeller and solids handling capability up to 2 inches.  Available with a 1/2 HP, 115 volt, single-phase motor, the X-ONE comes complete with a 10 foot power cord and an Ion™ Digital Level Control float switch.  The X-ONE also draws low amperage, which can improve the overall efficiency of pump operation.

Versatility is the X-ONE’s greatest strength, as it can be used in sump, effluent and sewage applications.

Drafke said the idea to develop the X-ONE was conceived after Metropolitan took notice of customer desires to shrink inventory.

“In regards to stocking, the X-ONE could theoretically replace many pumps on the shelf,” said Drafke.  “We developed it as an ‘all-in-one’ type of pump to fill just about any need in the residential and light commercial sector.  Thus far, reception has been very positive.”

For more information, please contact Brian Drafke at 800-323-1665 or  For information regarding our other residential products, please visit  For information regarding our Ion|StormPro® line of durable, oil-filled, cast-iron sump and sewage pumps, please visit

Metropolitan’s Ion Genesis® smart sensing controller gives users control of all vital pumping options.

The development of our Ion™ Digital Level Control float switch opened the door for the development of new products within the Ion product line including our user-programmable smart sensing controller, the Ion Genesis®.

To put in the most simplistic terms possible, the Ion Genesis® is the most complete pump controller on the market, providing the most features and safeguards against the devastation of flooding.

The Ion Genesis® comes complete with dual Ion™ Digital Level Control float switches which continuously diagnose and report real-time critical pumping information to the controller.  The controller itself gives users control of all vital aspects of pumping and efficiently cycles pumps to minimize pump turn-on cycles, ultimately adding life to the pump itself.

Metropolitan Salesperson James Spurney said everything starts with Ion™ Digital Level Control float switches, which are used in place of standard float switches.  These sensors are the most reliable on the market and incorporate no moving parts, which is associated with 98% of mechanical switch failures.

Basic features include a high water alarm and easy installation, but Spurney contends the Ion Genesis’® advanced features of protecting against floods are what distinguishes itself from similar products on the market.

“For starters, you have the redundancy of not just two pumps, but two of the most reliable float switches available,” said Spurney.  “Even if one of the float switches were to fail, a high water alarm will notify the user and will also keep both pumps operating.  This feature is not available anywhere else and will ultimately give users the time to replace a failed switch and still prevent flooding.”

Another unique feature of the Ion Genesis® is the ability for users to manually adjust the pumping level.  The level can be adjusted from 2” to 24” in 0.5” increments using the controller without entering the pit.  Spurney said this not only gives the product versatility, but can also extend the life of pumps as well.

“The ability to adjust the level differential is only available on the Ion Genesis®” said Spurney.  “Users can also set the level to produce the longest cycle time which is ultimately going to extend the overall life of the pump.”

Installation of the Ion Genesis® involves no hard-wiring or complex programming and can be used in small or large volume sump pits.

The combination of versatility, value and multiple fail safes make the Ion Genesis® the premier product in flood control.

“A pump alternator that is capable of testing the primary switch, the backup switch and has a high water alarm that can still run the pumps if switch failure occurs is a one of a kind piece of equipment,” said Spurney.  “In addition, the flexible nature of Ion™ Digital Level Control switches and the ability to adjust the pumping level ensures this product can be used in nearly any residential application.  Simply put, this is the best pump alternator available.”

For more information regarding the Ion Genesis®, please contact 815-886-9200 or visit us on the web.

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flash floods can occur in all 50 states and everyone lives in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified “flood zone”- it’s just a question of whether you live in a low, moderate, or high risk area.

Based on NFIP data, floods have caused nearly $2.7 billion in U.S. losses over the past 10 years (2001-2010) and anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods: People outside of high-risk areas file over 20% of NFIP claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding.

While flooding may be overlooked in comparison to other natural disasters, the destructive nature of such an event is catastrophic. To minimize the risk of flooding, it is of the upmost importance to have dependable, high-quality equipment protecting your property and other valuable assets.

Metropolitan Industries’ Ion Product Line is designed to do just that. Our top of the line products incorporate the latest technologies designed to minimize the risk of flooding and have become the industry leaders in flood prevention.

As we move forward, we’re excited to announce the addition of new, innovative products to be added to our Ion Family. Each of these products has been developed with one constant goal: Incorporating new technologies to enhance the overall effectiveness of the product.

The Ion Family started over two years ago when Metropolitan Industries President John Kochan Jr. conceived the idea of developing the most reliable sump pump float switch. Since the development and release of the product, Ion™ Digital Level Control, the Ion Family has grown into the most dependable line of products in the flood control industry.

Ion™ Digital Level Control

When Metropolitan Industries launched their patented Ion™ Digital Level Control over two years ago, the entire dynamic of pump switch operation changed. Replacing traditional mechanical float switches and providing advantages over alternative types of pump switches, Ion™ Digital Level Control gives customers the reliability, operation and extended switch life no other product can provide.

“Generally speaking, the primary reason a sump pump will fail to evacuate the water is not because of the pump itself, but because of the float switch,” says Metropolitan Salesperson Brian Drafke. “Mechanical switches, which incorporate moving parts, will experience a great deal of wear and tear over time and are susceptible to failure.”

Switch failure, of course, leads to pump failure which can produce flooding in residential, commercial and industrial locations.

Ion™ Digital Level Control incorporates no moving parts, which is associated with 98% of mechanical switch failures. You’ll never have to worry about flooding during high periods of rain due to the design that handles high inrush pump loads and protects the electrical contacts.

Tested over two million cycles, Ion™ Digital Level Control adds life to your pump and provides a safeguard against switch failure due to its overall design.

In addition to its first of a kind solid-state sensing technology, it is leak resistant and extremely durable due to its proprietary enclosure, while multiple stainless steel screws supply optimized pressure to ensure superior sealing properties and durability.

What Ion™ Digital Level Control also provides is a diversity and quality customers never before have experienced.

• Comparison to the mechanical float switch: “With mechanical float switches, you’re limited in how many suitable applications they fit,” says Drake. “In small sump pits, these switches can be problematic and may not be usable. With Ion™ Digital Level Control, the switch can be placed in any size pit.”

• Comparison to the vertical float switch: “Vertical level float switches are limited in regards to level differential and where the unit can be placed in a sump pit,” says Drafke. “Ion™ Digital Level Control gives users the flexibility to place the switch anywhere and has standard differential heights of 6 inches for standard sump applications and 10 inches for sewage applications.”

• Comparison to the traditional pressure switch: “Without a doubt, the primary advantage of choosing Ion™ Digital Level Control over traditional pressure switches is the fact it comes without any moving parts,” says Drafke. “Not only does that eliminate one of the largest causes of switch failure, it simply gives the customer a higher quality product and adds life to the pump itself.”

Simply put, Ion™ Digital Level Control provides versatility and advantages over alternative pump switches the competition simply cannot match.

Metropolitan is committed to bringing the highest quality of products to the industry. The beginning was the development of Ion™ Digital Level Control and since then, our product line has grown even stronger. For more information regarding Ion™ Digital Level Control, please contact 815-886-9200, or visit

To further expose our Ion|StormPro® product line, we officially introduced our Ion|StormPro® display trailer at the Illinois-PHCC show in late March of this year.  Complete with a water display, pumps and control equipment, the display trailer can best be described as a “trade show on wheels” with features that allow customers to learn about the full Ion|StormPro® product line firsthand.

Metropolitan’s Ion|StormPro display trailer features a water display, pumps and control equipment giving visitors a unique way to learn about the product line.

Since its premier appearance at the Illinois-PHCC show, Metropolitan has a conducted a number of counter days at plumbing supply houses featuring the trailer.  Participating in such counter days assists both customers and suppliers in learning more about the product line and new products soon to be released.

“Thus far, reception toward our display trailer has been very positive at counter days,” says Metropolitan Salesperson James Spurney.  “It’s a different, but unique and effective way for customers to learn about the product line from those who know it best.”

Spurney says that while visitors of supply houses are often left impressed, those employed at supply houses also benefit from trailer exposure.

Late last week, Metropolitan held a counter day at the Kankakee, IL branch of Connor Co.  Branch Manager Lonnie Surprenant found Metropolitan’s participation in the counter day both rewarding to visitors and his staff.

“The trailer itself is very impressive and the set-up is great because people are able to learn about the products face to face with Metropolitan employees,” says Surprenant.  “It also brings a lot to the table for us at Connor because we too can learn from the Metropolitan sales staff.”

In addition to the Ion|StormPro® trailer, the Budd Road Boyz Racing Team dragster was also present for this counter day.

“At the end of the day it’s all about the quality of our products and customer service,” says Spurney.  “With the display trailer, we can demonstrate both and hopefully educate customers and supply house personnel on Ion|StormPro® products.”

For more information regarding the Ion|StormPro® product line, please call 800-323-1665 or visit

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