Randy Schaefer, (left) president of WMS sales; Henry Kroll of Orange County Choppers; Dan Fletcher, Grundfos sales agent; and Larry Krug, Orange County Sheet Metal; were all involved with the installation of several Grundfos Magna circulators inside the mechanical room at the motorcycle shop.


More than 200 people visited the famous Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, N.Y., Oct. 15 to participate in the Grundfos “Impossible Tour.”

The tour included a fully equipped, mobile educational center for trade professionals in the plumbing, heating and piping industry. The Grundfos visit to the location of the popular reality show on cable TV’s Discovery Channel was the largest tour event to date and the sixth of 14 stops across the Northeast during the months of October and November, according to the manufacturer.

This final swing of the 2009 “Impossible Tour” began in Cleveland in early October and ended in Lancaster, Pa., in mid-November 2009.

Featuring the slogan “Powered by the impossible,” the tour vehicle is a 1,200-square-foot, two-room structure that showcases 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, which the company said is designed to cut power consumption by a minimum of 50 percent, as compared with other circulators in its class.

Wholesalers, contractors, architects and engineers from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey attended the event. Also attending were students from the local Boards of Cooperative Educational Services trade school in New York State. All visitors received specially made, limited-edition Orange County Choppers-Grundfos shirts.

Grundfos sales agent Bryan Schaefer, vice president of WMS Sales of Clarence Center, N.Y., said the mobile educational center offers “an impressive display of Grundfos materials and products. It really shows the cost-effectiveness of the products themselves and the efficiency and comfort they can provide to the end users.”

Completed in 2008, the motorcycle customizing facility is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver-rated building that features a radiant floor heating system to keep the interiors warm and dry during the wet winter months. The system features Grundfos Magna variable-speed pumps, which are designed to reduce energy consumption by more than 70 percent, as compared with traditional circulators.