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A year after Hurricane Sandy, engineers are rethinking designs for subterranean equipment. Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation has created a solution that should limit the power outages that plagued mission critical facilities during the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. That solution is the waterproof pump.

Designed for areas in flood zones, the pump attaches to back-up generator equipment. The state-of-the-art submersible pump is designed to withstand complete submergence in water and continue uninterrupted operation.

The pump and its motor assembly are securely welded within the enclosure to ensure operation during full submersion. It also features flexible stainless steel hoses for pump suction and discharge connections, a flanged access door with gasket, a sliding tray for pump removal, maintenance, or repair, all of which are encapsulated in an epoxy-enamel painted steel enclosure.

  •     More Features:

o    Discriminating type leak sensors installed inside enclosure
o    External connections seal welded to enclosure for connection of field piping.
o    External connections seal welded to enclosure for electrical connections
o    Local non-fusible disconnect installed within the enclosure.

  •     Potential Applications:

o    Any facility where equipment is installed at or below historic flood levels and they cannot afford to lose electrical power generation.
o    Locations prone to flooding with backup power systems.
o    Hospitals, financial institutions, communication facilities, data centers.

Although Sandy weakened to a Category 1 hurricane by the time it struck New York and New Jersey, its storm surge caused massive flooding in streets, tunnels, and subway lines, resulting in lost power. While power losses were expected with a storm this large, many of the backup generator systems were not designed to operate under large amounts of water. The back-up generators failed under the immense amount of water, [leaving many important facilities without power, like the NYU Langone Medical Center.

If you need to rethink your mission critical fuel delivery strategy, don’t wait for the next storm–call Preferred today, or visit us at http://www.preferred-mfg.com

Preferred Utilities is the single-source umbrella for all mission critical needs. Services include customized engineering, consultation, installation, and scheduled maintenance.
Products include fuel oil handling systems, boiler equipment, burners, nuclear components, flow modeling services, and more. Our products can be found in commercial, institutional, industrial, and nuclear facilities.


Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation hosted its annual “Robert G. Bohn Invititational” golf tournament on Wednesday, Oct 2.

Pat Foley and Richard Bohn finished in first place, landing a net score of 67. The competition was long, however, as Preferred employees spent nearly five hours on the greens at the Redding Country Club. While some participants said that they had been practicing for the event, others clearly showed some rust.

Rust aside, the golfers could not have asked for a better day of weather.


In wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation remembers and mourns the loss of every innocent life lost that day. In an effort to rebuild, Preferred Utilities has designed and delivered new mission critical back-up fuel delivery systems for World Trade Center 3.

Preferred Utilities will play an integral part in the construction of the new World Trade Center project in New York City. Tower 3, which will be completed by 2016, will utilize a customized fuel pump designed by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation

Tower 3 (or 3WTC) will rise eighty stories and include over 2.8 million square feet of space spread across 53 floors and five base building floors. Office floors will range from 29,000 to 44,000 square feet, and base building floors will include 68,000 square feet of space.

The structure will utilize a reinforced concrete core with an external structural steel frame that will enclose the outer glass shell. Its safety systems will exceed New York City building code and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey requirements, and it will seek to achieve the LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency.

A building as bold as 3WTC requires an extensive backup generation system in case the tower ever loses power. Thanks to Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation, 3WTC will benefit from a customized fuel delivery system that will keep the generators chugging, no matter how long the power goes out.

3 WTC’s custom features include:

  • Backup diesel supply (960gph)
  • Twin duplex strainers
  • Priming funnels
  • Position switches on manual ball valves
  • 10” touchscreen display with Fuel Sentry.

Preferred Utilities prides itself in providing proven fuel delivery systems to commercial, industrial, institutional, and nuclear facilities.

Since no two facilities are identical, Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation works with customers to design and manufacture customized solutions to meet customer specifications.

Preferred Utilities also provides fuel oil handling systems and components, boiler instrumentation and controllers, high-end burners, and nuclear power plant outage-reduction tools and component parts.

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– Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation