Nichols Portland opens new facility for its Pump Division

September 25, 2019

Nichols Portland opens new facility for its Pump Division
The South Portland site will be home to Nichols Portland’s pump testing facility (Courtesy Nichols Portland LLC)

Nichols Portland LLC, Portland, Maine, USA, a leading manufacturer of Powder Metallurgy components and assemblies used in fluid transfer and other applications, has opened a new facility for its Pump Division in South Portland. The newly-renovated facility will house an extensive laboratory for hydraulic testing, niche pump manufacturing facilities, and office space. 

PM components will continue to be manufactured at the company’s existing Congress Street facility, while Pump Operations will be relocated to the new facility. The 20,000 ft2 (1,860 m2) facility will also include space for additional manufacturing equipment required for the company’s new business, supplying its products to OEMs in North America and Europe. 

Randy Lessard, Vice President and General Manager of Nichols Portland is excited about the economic opportunities the Pump Division brings to southern Maine. “Our innovative products are designed and rigorously tested by our engineering team right here in Maine. Our pumps are built using components that are manufactured at our powdered metal components plant on Congress Street, as well as electronics and machined parts purchased from several other Maine businesses. We are fortunate to be a part of Maine’s  vibrant business community and look forward to achieving our growth objectives in our new space.”

Thomas Houck, CEO and President of Nichols Portland, commented on the opening, “Given Nichols Portland’s long history and leading position in the niche p[ump industry, this new facility will help bolster applications in our existing customer base and we are excited to offer a more holistic solution to our customers.”

“We are excited about Nichols Portland’s expanded footprint in North America. Nichols Portland is a great example of bringing additional capabilities to the market, and to be a solution provider / problem solver for our customers,” he concluded.

Nichols Portland’s electric oil and fuel pumps are used by a number of on- and off-highway vehicle manufacturers to assist in reaching their energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals. These products are delivered to OEMs in the US, Europe and Asia, and are found in vehicles used worldwide. 

www.nicholsportland.com

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In the Autumn/Fall 2019 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review, Randy Lessard, Nichols Portland’s Vice President and General Manager, reviewed the company’s history and discussed its commitment to producing precision PM components. The full issue is available to read below.

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