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Grundfos “Impossible Tour” stops at OCC’s LEED Silver facility

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — More than 200 people visited Orange County Choppers (OCC) in Newburgh, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2009, to participate in the Grundfos Impossible Tour — a fully equipped, mobile educational center for trade professionals in the plumbing, heating and piping industry. The Grundfos visit to OCC was the sixth of 14 stops across the Northeast, during October and November. This final swing of this tour began in Cleveland in early October and ends in Lancaster, Pa., in mid-November.

Featuring the slogan “Powered by the Impossible,” the Grundfos tour is a 1,200-sq.ft., two-room vehicle, showcasing the latest in residential, commercial and industrial pump technology. In addition to interactive and working displays, the vehicle also includes a mini-theater for viewing video programs. The vehicle also features the new energy-optimized Grundfos ALPHA circulator with a permanent magnet motor design that cuts power consumption by a minimum of 50%, as compared with other circulators in its class.

Wholesalers, contractors, architects and engineers from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey attended the event. Students from the local Boards of Cooperative Educational Services trade school in New York also attended.

The OCC LEED Silver facility was completed in 2008, featuring a radiant floor heating system to keep the interiors warm and dry during the winter months. The radiant system features Grundfos MAGNA Variable Speed Pumps, which reduce energy consumption by more than 70% when compared with traditional circulators.

The MAGNA saves energy through its exclusive AUTOADAPT control mode feature that automatically adjusts pump performance in response to changing demand in a heating application. MAGNA pumps also assist with the facility’s snowmelt system, ensuring safe handling and transport of custom bikes that can sell for over a half million dollars.

“I’ve been involved with Orange County Choppers since the original MAGNA installation for the radiant heating system,” said Grundfos District Sales Manager Dan Fletcher. “Grundfos’ involvement with OCC is most definitely going to continue in the future.”

Remaining stops for the “Impossible Tour” include Long Island and East Rutherford, N.Y.; Philadelphia; and Pottstown and Lancaster, Pa.

For more information on the tour and how to register for one of its remaining stops, see and click on “Powered by the Impossible.”