Ace Pump Corporation, a manufacturer of pumping solutions for agricultural crop protection and off-highway industrial equipment, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at its world headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. The company was founded in 1945 by Roy Bell, Sr., Elmer Theis and Bob Berry, and continues today as a family-owned operation under the guidance of Chief Executive Officer Roy Bell III.
Ace Pump’s first product, the Model 450, was a double-diaphragm type pump for farm water systems introduced in late 1945. It featured two relatively new materials which were used extensively in World War II – neoprene and aluminum – and could handle sand and other abrasive materials that were often detrimental to the centrifugal and piston pumps of the time.
“My father was not only a true visionary, but a very practical problem-solver,” recalled Roy Bell, Jr., chairman emeritus of Ace Pump Corporation. “Ace Pump combined Elmer Theis’ pump design with Bob Berry’s marketing talents and my dad’s manufacturing expertise and facilities to form a great partnership. It came at a time when there was a lot of pent-up demand for domestic products following World War II; so, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time with the right product.”
In 1948, Roy Bell, Sr. bought out his two partners and became the sole owner of Ace Pump Corporation. In that year, Ace Pump also introduced the Model 48, an improved version of the Model 450.
Roy Bell III said, “Both my grandfather and father always believed in steady growth fueled by innovation in a true family atmosphere. For 70 years, we’ve fostered a value system that nurtures the employee-centered, customer-focused traditions upon which our company was founded.”
Andy Randle, president of Ace Pump Corporation and an employee of the company for 20 years, echoed those remarks. “Our management realizes that continued growth depends on both customer and employee satisfaction,” he said.
While the farm equipment market is in the midst of a mild recession, Roy Bell III believes the company’s long-term prospects for growth are very bright. “We continue to launch new and improved products, including our new Gemini dual pump kit.
More about Ace Pump Corporation and the line of Ace Pump products are at www.acepumps.com.
Ace Pump Corporation President Andy Randle (left) with Chairman Emeritus Roy Bell Jr. (center) and CEO Roy Bell III (right) at the company's recent 70th Anniversary Celebration in Memphis, TN.