- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A pumping equipment company has unveiled a $1.6 million wall to protect its Quincy factory from flooding and reduce the need of sandbagging.

Gardner Denver, Inc. CEO Pete Wallace said Thursday that building the flood wall was the right thing to do for both the facility and the employees. The Quincy Herald-Whig (https://bit.ly/1rft14Q ) reports flooding has been an ongoing problem at the facility, which was built in 1901. Since then, at least five major floods have hit the surrounding area, threatening the factory and causing weeklong recovery efforts.

The manager of organizational development and internal communications says the floods cost Gardner Denver millions of dollars in damage and untellable amounts of lost productivity.

The flood wall was approved in July 2013 and construction began last winter.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, https://www.whig.com


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