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LaBour Tabour has a long, rich history of providing quality
products and outstanding service.
Taber Pump Company established in Buffalo, New York specializing
in vertical, rotary vane and brewery industrial pumps.
Harry E. LaBour establishes LaBour Company in Michigan City,
Indiana, with the purpose of developing and marketing an
inherently self-priming centrifugal pump line. His intention
was to design a rugged, simple-to-operate-and-maintain pump
to handle liquids used in the chemical processing industry.
The next year, he patents and introduces the first valve-less,
self-priming pump. And, in 1923, the company moves to Chicago
Responding to growing demand for this new product, production
facilities are expanded and the company moves to Elkhart,
Indiana where an iron foundry is added to the production
LaBour broadens its base by creating LaBour Pump Company,
Ltd in the U. K. Over time the U. K. operations sales nearly
equal to the U.S. operation's.
In the post war period, LaBour builds a foundry in nearby
southern Michigan. This facility is a wholly owned subsidiary
producing Nickel-Alloy casting for LaBour. Also during this
period, the predecessor to the A.V.S. pump is introduced
- the model SZ/SQ line. As the mechanical seal becomes popular,
stuffing boxes are modified to readily accept them. A line
of globe valves and in-line basket strainers, no longer
offered, is also developed for aggressive chemical service.
LaBour Company is acquired by American Gage and Machine
Company (which subsequently merges in 1970 with Katy Industries,
Inc.) and is renamed to LaBour Pump Company. In another
expansion move, the highly successful Taber Pump Company
of Buffalo, New York, is purchased.
The triple throat Model TF Pump, manufactured to the American
Voluntary Standard (AVS), is introduced.
Taber production and support personnel are merged into the
LaBour plant in Elkhart Indiana. The following year, the
LV pump line is introduced to complement the TF line. By
1973 the AVS business reaches the level where additional
production facilities are necessary if LaBour is to maintain
adequate service to customer. A search is started to find
a suitable location for the next expansion.
In October a new facility in Selma, Alabama is opened. The
new 50,000 sq. ft. facility is furnished with Computer Numerical
Control (CNC) equipment. However, unlike the job shop production
process used in Elkhart, the Selma plant is a production-for-inventory
facility, where finished components are stocked for immediate
final assembly. By 1979 a new Taber vertical product line
utilizing various parts, interchangeable with the LV pumps
allowing "ship from inventory" capability, is in full production
at the new plant.
In response to market requirements and interest in reduced
emissions, LaBour begins offering a magnetic driven pump
line (Texel) in a variety of materials. At the same time
the AVS line is enhanced to offer several optional features
including larger bore seal chambers to keep pace with the
every changing requirement of industry.
With the introduction of the American National Standards
(ANSI), a new model of pump, LVA, is introduced to replace
the LV line. Shortly thereafter the TFA line adapted the
LVA power end design to replace the TF pump line.
LaBour Pump Company is sold to Peerless Pump Company in
Indianapolis, Indiana. By the fall of that year all production
of LaBour products are moved to the Selma, Alabama and engineering
is relocated to Indianapolis.
2000 to Present
As LaBour begins work in our third century of building and
manufacturing pumps for the Process Industry, our experienced
and knowledgeable sales representatives and engineering
staff are always ready to respond to single or project pump
requirements, as well as service needs to ensure complete
Proven standard designs along with research and development
capabilities enable LaBour to customize existing products
or develop one-of-a-kind pumps to handle difficult or special
LaBour has long been recognized for its pioneering engineering
strength. The company has launched many pump patents that
are evidenced by the self-priming, low flow, and entrained
air designs; all designs of which have led the industry
in these particular challenging applications.
The first one ever offered was a revolutionary self-priming
pump that used the "HyrdoBalance" principle requiring no
valves, springs, floats, hoses, or auxiliary pumps. This
was an immediate success because of the state of the art
self-priming capability. The same basic "HydroBalance" principle
is incorporated in the (Type DPL/DHL, LPLA/LHLA, and Type
G) self-priming pumps of today.
After the success of the first pump, LaBour progressively
introduced a line of horizontal centrifugal pumps with circular
casings instead of the volute configuration (Type DZT),
horizontal centrifugal pumps with three discharge throats
(Type Q & TFA), vertical self priming centrifugals that
require no mechanical seals (Type G) and Type MHL/MPL ,
ANSI multiple throat pump (Type TFA), and a very efficient
line of volute horizontal centrifugal pumps that conform
to ANSI specifications (Type LVA, LVB).
All the above pumps are offered in a choice of 19 different
materials of construction. The LaBour proprietary alloys
are Alloy 48, Elcomet K, Alloy R-55, Alloy Y-17, and Alloy
LaBour also produces a line of vertical centrifugal pumps
to transfer just about anything liquid...from molten salts
and lead to highly corrosive mixed acids (The Taber brand
Series 1000, 2000 and 3000). The Taber brand has been in
existence since 1859 and is offered in five different designs
and eight optional mountings. LaBour also has a vertical
cantilever series (Series, 8000-9000) for aggressive services.
These pumps have the bearings located above the sump plate.
Today's global marketplace demands quiet, smooth-running,
long lasting pumps. Reliability is the key, and continued
performance efficiency over the life of the pump is most
critical. The LaBour mechanical and hydraulic designs minimize
the effects of cavitation, corrosion, erosion, and vibration.
LaBour pumps have repeatedly demonstrated that the superior
performance and longevity of the LaBour process pump provides
substantial savings over the long term operation of the
LaBour is a world wide organization with district offices
staffed with trained application engineers, as well as strategically
located distributors that insure prompt, efficient, and
reliable sales engineering service assistance for each LaBour
The quality of product, integrity, and fair dealing for
almost 84 years has earned LaBour an outstanding reputation
as one of the world's leading pump manufacturers.
In spite of the impersonal age of computers and big business,
LaBour still offers a unique, small company, with personalized
highly technical service designed to meet the ever-expanding
pump application in the process industry.