The Townley’s purpose established by Jake and Helen Townley in 1963 continues to be, “To serve God is to serve man.” Therefore, as a faith-operated company, Townley commits to its employees and customers. Our products and solutions are used in the industry to meet mankind’s need for food, fuel, clothing, shelter, and transportation.
The Townley Company strives to be the industry leader in abrasion and corrosion wear solutions for mining, power, and dredging. Also, at the same time, advancing the development, design, manufacturing, and application of creative, high quality, cost-saving wear-resistant material technologies and products.
The Townley Company is and will always remain a “Faith Operation.” In addition, Jake and Helen believed that their faith in God and their willingness to stand on biblical principles in the business operation would be the underlying reasons for the success of the business.
Founded as a Faith Operation
In 1963, through faith and perseverance, Jake and Helen Townley established a “one-on-one” solution for wear problems in slurry applications. Established on Christian principles, their foundation has helped grow Townley to become the trusted source for abrasion and corrosion solutions for the mining, dredging, and power industries. While it all started with an innovative urethane formulation known as Towniprene®, Townley has since grown its product line to over 1,000 standard items. These items include slurry pumps, submersible pumps, cast foundry products, valves, hand-built rubber hose, rubber lining, Towniprene® wear parts, and Towniprene® flotation parts. Today, we provide products to the minerals, mining, and power industries around the globe from our seven manufacturing locations here in the United States.
Creation of Towniprene®
In 1963, working with DuPont, Jake Townley developed a polyurethane, that as a component applied to wear surfaces, has changed the phosphate mining industry forever. Jake knew that when separating unwanted material from the desired, abrasive and corrosive materials would rapidly degrade the rubber lining and metal alloys commonly used in the industry at the time. Jake’s patented urethane formulation, called Towniprene®, far outlasted OEM wear materials and provided superior abrasion and corrosion resistance. Thanks to Jake’s work with this unique urethane formulation, Towniprene® is still used throughout the world as the preferred fine slurry wear solution.
New Towniflex® Rubber Solutions
In 1971, Townley began hand building rubber slurry hoses at its facility in Candler, FL. Today, Townley is one of the largest manufacturers of hand-built rubber slurry hose in North America. We supply slurry hoses for the mining, dredging, and power industries as well as other solid hydro transport applications. Towniflex® hose is considered one of the most durable in the industry and many Towniflex® hoses are still in operation after 20 years of service. Many customers have found that Towniflex®’s rubber hose has reduced abrasion wear, vibration, and has better flex than competitor hoses. As a result, our customers are able to reduce their long-term operating costs and have their operations run for longer without issue.
Opening of New White Iron Foundry
Ever since our first white iron foundry pour on August 14, 1983, customers have come to rely on Townley to manufacture reliable foundry products. Townley achieves this by manufacturing world-class white-iron slurry pumps, pump parts, and coal-fired FGD wear parts with consistent metallurgy. With world-class foundry and CNC machining, Townley prides itself on providing outstanding products that outlast the competition. Townley’s experienced staff provides failure analysis to the customers about their existing wear parts and makes recommendations to improve their operation.
Introduction of Specialty Valve Product Line
In 1998, Townley’s founder, Jake Townley, envisioned a unique product line of longer lasting slurry valves than were currently available on the market. Thus, out of a pressing need, Townley’s line of specialty slurry valves was born. These unique valves were specially designed for use in applications such as in-plant beneficiation, mining tailings and matrix, limestone slurry, bottom ash-handling, water isolation, and coal-fired power plants.
- Knife Gate Valves for flow diversion and shutoff service, available from 2” to 54” ID
- Butterfly Valves for Flow control and isolation, available from 3” to 96” ID
- Pinch Valves for flow modulation, especially good for mining circuits, Available up to 24” ID
New Pump Design Introduced
In 1999, Townley introduced a brand-new pump design to the market. This new pump design was named the UBD Pump Series (UBD stands for Urs Blattmann Design, and is named in honor of its designer, Urs Blattmann). The UBD pump, with its recessed impeller, received a United States Patent for its design features in July 2005. The UBD Series pump was very successful in decreasing wear in very abrasive pumping circuits up to 50 percent without losing efficiency. “The patented UBD pump designed by Urs, with its unique recessed impeller, creates the most significant advancement in solids handling pumps for the industry in over 20 years,” said Toro Townley.
MSP Modular Submersible Slurry Pump Introduced
In 2001, Townley began offering a new line of modular submersible slurry pumps, the MSP Series. These pumps are designed to handle the toughest conditions in the mining, power, and dredging industries. The Townley MSP pump line includes a broad range of sizes from 2 inches to 10 inches. They come with discharge ports, various wet-end configurations, and 5 to 200 horsepower motor combinations to satisfy customer’s requirements.
The MSP pump line uses a modular platform approach with common wet-end components for all the various sizes. Designed to run dry protection in high-chrome wet-end parts, these pumps will work in the toughest slurry and solids dewatering sumps. Additionally, Townley has the most pumps in stock and a certified pump rebuild service in North America to keep plants running.
Fifty Years as a Faith Operation
In 2013, Townley celebrated a major milestone: 50 years in operation. The Townley Company’s commitment to excellence in product design, manufacturing, and customer service is unmistakable. “We supply products that are in some of the most demanding industrial applications around the world. Over the past 50 years, we have found that we can meet the demands of those applications successfully. We have been able to stand behind the product with a very high degree of customer satisfaction and success. We like to think that when the going really gets tough, we are the kind of company that can stand in there and goes the distance with the customer; inevitably, the customer who will work with us over the long haul, and many mining and major power companies have, we have been successful at reducing their cost of operation dramatically.” Toro Townley. Townley and its employees stand ready to serve their customers’ needs. We achieve this by helping customers find solutions to their abrasion and corrosion problems.
Single Pouring Capacity Up to 40,000 Pounds
In 2014, Townley embarked on a major foundry expansion, allowing the company to pour larger castings than ever before, up to 40,000 lbs. Townley casts hundreds of different alloy wear parts, which are used in slurry applications. Our products are well-known for their process improvements, refined metallurgy, robust designs, reduced part count, and willingness and ability to move lifting lugs for safety and convenience to the user. High-performance alloy creation requires absolute control of the melting process and metal formulation. Using “state-of-the-art” spectrometers, Townley can assure the elemental composition. We pour a variety of different alloys, which include HC28, CM22, CD4, Duplex SS, GR4, HC27, HC34, and NIHARD4.
Largest Foundry Pour in Townley History
In February 2022, Townley again marked a major foundry milestone by undertaking its largest pour ever, a pump shell casting weighing in at 45,000 lbs. The pour, which required the use of two ladles, each carrying over 11 tons of molten white iron, was executed flawlessly by our highly trained foundry team and metallurgical staff. Foundry pours of such magnitude require an incredible amount of precision, communication, and coordination in order to be executed safely and successfully. The resulting pump shell casting served as a testament to the hard work and dedication of Townley’s boundary-pushing team. The 45,000 lb. casting has since become a regular part of Townley’s foundry workflow.
Celebrating 60 Years
In 2023, Townley will celebrate yet another major milestone: 60 years of excellence! While we may have gotten our start back in 1963, our commitment to quality and innovation are still the same. That’s why you can continue to count on Townley to deliver outstanding products, excellent customer service, and quick turnaround times. We look forward to continuing the longstanding Townley legacy of quality and serving you for another 60 years!