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Tramco prepares to celebrate 100 years of business

March 16, 2023


In 1924, Harry DeCosta started Transmission Machinery Company in Chicago.; a company dedicated to repairing and remanufacturing machinery equipment. Harry’s long time boyhood friend, John Obermaier, was a salesman for Chicago Pump Company at the time. Eventually, Harry and John decided to go into business together, with the idea of what started as a sideline business for the two friends, to combine both their machinery repair and pump expertise.

In 1930, the company began manufacturing their own line of sump pumps, then in 1934 entered in to the distribution business and became the second industrial distributor for The Gorman-Rupp Pump Company. This is a relationship they still maintain today.

In 1945, the company then moved into a larger facility to accommodate their growing business. During the 1950s they developed their patented basement flood control systems and in the years to follow, several products they added to their business of manufacturing and the distribution of pumps and controls.

In 1968, their name was changed to Tramco Pump Company, to reflect their focus of providing solutions for their customer’s liquid handling problems by using pumps. It was also then they began their relationship with Viking Pump.

In 1974, they again moved into a larger facility to meet the growing demands of their customers. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, they expanded their manufacturing products to compete in the commercial market. They also began selling their own manufactured products through a nationwide distributor network.

In December 2017, Tramco Pump Company once again moved into a newer and larger facility – located at 1428 Sherman Road in Romeoville, where they look forward to continuing to satisfy all of their customers pumping needs.

Tramco Pump will continue to specialize in designing, engineering, and manufacturing pumps and custom pumping systems for the: industrial, commercial, residential and O.E.M. markets. Through the years their products may have changed, but their strong commitment has not. Now a third generation family owned and operated business, it remains their top priority to provide their customers with the highest quality products and services.