Godwin Pumps Appoints Chief Operating Officer
announces the promotion of Bridgeport, NJ-based Grant Salstrom to the position
of Chief Operating Officer.
Salstrom began his
career with Godwin in 1978, serving as a diesel engine repairman in the evenings
and on the weekends, while also working full-time at a Lister engine distributor
as Parts and Service Manager. In 1987, Salstrom accepted a full-time position
with Godwin Pumps as its Operations Manager, overseeing parts, service and
assembly at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgeport.
“We hired Grant with
the goal of building a parts and service department that would match our desire
to never say ‘No’ to our clients,” said Godwin President John Michael Paz. “Like
most of our long-term, senior managers, Grant worked his way up literally from
the shop floor to the position he is in today. He understands the pace of the
business and has been instrumental in our ability to maintain a sustainable
long-term growth pattern.”
Salstrom took over
as Godwin’s Vice President of Operations in 2001, the same year that Paz
acquired the Godwin Pumps manufacturing facility in Quenington, England.
Salstrom has played a critical role in Godwin’s ability to work with the factory
and its third-party suppliers, including John Deere and Caterpillar, to meet the
growing demands of its over 180 North American distributor locations and 25
North American branches.
“Because we design,
build, rent, and sell our own equipment, we control our own destiny,” said Paz.
“You can expect to come to our facility in Bridgeport on any day of the week and
you will find Grant holding the production schedule for our outgoing pumps. He
has been the navigation system behind our operational success, and this
promotion reflects his significance in our success,” said
In his new role,
Salstrom will be responsible for all day-to-day operations involving service,
parts, warranties and fabrication.
In addition to his
experience with Lister, Salstrom had an additional year of experience as Parts
and Service Manager for a large Detroit Diesel engine distributor and holds an
Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Camden County College
“When John adopted
the tagline ‘Great Pumps. Great People.’ it was the perfect fit for this
organization. Our ability to shift our production schedule and meet our
customers’ needs each day is due to the tremendous dedication and support of our
Great People. It’s my privilege to do the steering, but it’s our Great People
who provide the fuel,” said Salstrom.
Pumps, Dri-Prime, Sub-Prime, Heidra, Think Orange. Think Godwin. Great Pumps.
Great People. and the color orange for pumps are registered trademarks and DBS
and PrimeGuard are trademarks of Godwin Pumps of America, Inc. All other marks
belong to their respective holders.
About Godwin Pumps:
Godwin Pumps maintains a fleet of over 5,000 portable rental
pumps and related equipment for use in dewatering in construction, mining and
quarrying; in drinking water supply; and in wastewater bypasses in municipal,
industrial and environmental markets. The Godwin Dri-Prime® pump
features fully automatic self-priming to 28 ft, dry-running and solids handling
capabilities and is complemented by a wide range and variety of electric
submersible Sub-Prime®, hydraulic submersible Heidra® and
gasoline-powered Wet-Prime pumps. Godwin Pumps also offers customized sales and
service training to distributors.