Sundyne, a pumps and compressors manufacturer headquartered in Arvada, was named a finalist in the `Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards …
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Sundyne, a pumps and compressors manufacturer headquartered in Arvada, was named a finalist in the `Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards on March 18. The winners will be announced at the virtual CMA Gala on April 29 at 2 p.m.
The nomination is Sunydne’s first in the six-year history of the CMA’s. Twin Monkeys Beverage Systems and StoneAge are the two other finalists in the the `Industrial/Equipment Manufacturer of the Year’ category.
Sundyne was founded in Denver in 1957 as a manufacturer of water injection pumps for Boeing 707’s and moved its headquarters to Arvada in 1977, where the company now employees over 400 workers.
Arvada General Manager Mark Rauenzahn said that Sundyne has been working to evolve the usage of their product lines into sustainable and emerging markets.
“We are really driving innovation in this facility,” said Rauenzahn. “Traditionally we have been producing oil and gas related pumps and compressors and now we’re really trying to drive our products and technologies into applicable markets that are growing and that have really innovative technologies such as pharmaceuticals, renewable energy and battery technology.
“So, we’re trying to really reshape the company,” Rauenzahn continued, “from a traditional oil and gas company to something that’s more innovative and more into future growth types of economies and categories.”
Over the past year, Sundyne has worked with its pharmaceutical partners to utilize the manufacturer’s pumps in industrial-grade freeze driers used to store the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sundyne publicist Todd Keefe said the company’s pumps are ideal for the freezers used to store the vaccine because they do not leak on account of their sealless manufacturing process — which minimizes the risk of spoiling a batch of the vaccine.
“If you think about vaccines going as far back as the polio vaccine,” said Keefe. “Once you make those things you have to put them in a pharmaceutical-grade freeze dryer to store them. And the COVID vaccine is no different. When you’re making these very large industrial freeze dryers you’ve got to pump a liquid cooling medium.
“And other standard pumps break and leak and have problems,” Keefe continued, “and you don’t want your cooling medium leaking through your pump because then you’re going to spoil the batch. That’s one of the things about our sealless pumps is they’re bulletproof — they don’t leak, they can withstand extreme temperatures and they’ve been spec’d in for a long time.”
Rauenzahn said the company itself has been allowing employees to work remotely with a limited number of factory workers allowed in the manufacturing facility during the coronavirus pandemic.
As more of Sundyne’s staff receive the vaccine, the company will begin to bring its workforce back to full strength, with a goal to bring the facility back to its pre-COVID-19 capacity by mid-summer 2021. In the interim, the company has been providing on-site sports leagues for its employees to provide a stress release from the doldrums of the pandemic.
Rauenzahn added that the company’s location in Arvada has provided a longtime home for employees who have been with Sundyne for multiple decades.
“Because we are in the heart of Arvada,” said Rauenzahn, “it’s an unassuming factory that makes such high technology. We have very experienced engineers and machinists that have been here for 45 years, and we’re going through a transformation inside our own facility to bring our level of technology up.”
Daniel Ryley, Arvada’s director of economic development, said the manufacturer’s nomination is an exciting recognition for one of the largest employers in the city.
“We are thrilled on behalf of Sundyne for the company’s inclusion as a finalist for this year’s Colorado Manufacturing Awards,” said Ryley. “As one of Arvada’s largest and longstanding primary employers, Sundyne brings tremendous value to Arvada’s local economy and community.”
The 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards Gala can be accessed virtually on the organization’s website on April 29.
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