Pump Company is recognized as a world leader in the design
and manufacture of rotary pumps. The firm was founded in
Cedar Falls in 1911 by Jens Nielsen, a pioneer in the use
of the "gear-within-a-gear" principle for pump design. The
company's name reflects Nielsen's Danish ancestry.
and manufactured the original pump in 1904 to help remove
seepage water from a stone quarry he owned at 18th and Main
in Cedar Falls. The pump's success led to the formation
of a company with local backing in 1911. There were two
employees and $2,000 in sales during the first year in business.
The company's original factory building, built in 1912 at
220 East Fourth Street, still stands as part of a greatly
expanded complex of buildings. Steady, continual growth
through the years finds Viking pumps in use world-wide,
delivering a large variety of liquids, including oils, chemicals
and food products. Today, the Viking Pump organization includes
manufacturing, assembly and sales offices around the world.
Inc. now occupies 100 times its original space and is the
largest private employer in Cedar Falls. In addition to
the State Street location, the firm also operates a castings
foundry and production plant on Viking Road in the Cedar
Falls Industrial Park.
was acquired by Houdaille Industries, Inc. in 1968 and was
operated as a division of this company for 20 years. In
1988, a restructuring resulted in the creation of the current
IDEX Corporation with Viking Pump being one of the original
six companies. A large number of fluid handling and related
businesses are now part of the IDEX Corporation.
Viking was not
the first pump manufacturer in Cedar Falls. The Harris and
Cole Brothers Company produced wooden hand pumps at a north
Main Street location as early as 1889.
information provided by Viking Pump, Inc. (1998).