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A Company History


Blagdon Pump was founded in the early 1950s by owners, George Blagdon and George Flynn. The company started out as a small engineering workshop supplying goods to the local coal fields. The first company premises were located in the historic city of Durham in the North East of England.

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Original Products

From its knowledge of the mining industry, Blagdon identified the need for a simple pump to remove water from the coal face - the FP1 was conceived.

In 1979 Blagdon produced its first AOD (Air Operated Diaphragm) Pump. Early versions were Aluminum and Cast Iron for use in the mines. These pumps were fairly primitive compared to today's models.

Change of Ownership

In 1981 the company was sold to Terry Harrison who owned a pump hire business. Terry invested heavily in the business and due to expansion the company moved to a 30 000 sq metre facility in Washington, also in the North East of England. In 1997 Terry Harrison retired and the company was acquired by the IDEX corporation.

The Future

IDEX Corporation is a company based in Chicago, USA and to which Blagdon ultimately reports. Since the aquisition by IDEX in 1997 the relationship has grown and continues to do so to give all concerned a bright future.

As a Company Blagdon Pump Holdings limited is committed to:

  • Providing customers with an exceptional product and service and will endeavour at all times to provide unrivalled customer satisfaction
  • Protecting the environment and preventing pollution for the benefit of workers, local and global communities, now and in the future. To comply with all applicable enviromental legislation, regulations and other requirements to which the company subscribes which relate to its enviromental aspects
  • Improving the health & safety performance of Blagdon Pump Holdings Ltd and providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees & visitors

Through continuous improvement of our:

  • Management system
  • Processes
  • Personnel training
  • Objectives & targets, which are set and reviewed annually by our management team

Blagdon Pump Holdings Ltd has a commitment to comply with requirements of BS EN ISO 9000:2000, BS EN ISO 14001:2004 and to comply with the letter and the spirit of current OH&S and Enviromental legislation regulations and other requirements.