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Alumni Entrepreneurs

Win Blodgett, 1986

Business/Organization/Inventions

Holland Pump

Type of Business

Environmental Services

Date of Operation

1978 to Present

Description of Business or Organization

Holland Pump was formed in 1978 and is involved in the manufacture, sales, distribution, rental, and service of dewatering pumps and currently has some 65 employees in operations at 7 branch offices as well as our corporate, manufacturing, and central repair facilities in Brunswick, GA. Holland Pump Mfg. has produced as many as 300 diesel driven systems in one year. Holland Pump maintains a large fleet including 600+ diesel driven rental pumps deployed primarily in the southern United States including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Within Florida, Holland maintains branch operations in Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Myers, and West Palm Beach. Holland Pump has participated in many state water management and ACOE projects since the mid 1980’s. Holland Pump Mfg of Georgia is both an ISO 9001:2008 certified and UL Registered Firm.

Contact Information

7312 Westport Place
West Palm beach, Florida
Email

Please describe any patents you hold on inventions or processes and where those are held and when you got the patent.

I have been with Holland for 13 years and have served as President of Holland Pump since 2007. Part of my journey has been learning pump manufacturing from the ground up. I am not an engineer but I have learned a lot of engineering along the way. Much of my early training as a carpenter/estimator/contractor was applicable to manufacturing as well. As the former Purchase Manager 2000-03, I participated in product development from the initial design to selecting manufacturers and components. I also participated in getting patterns and castings made and helping our company to become an ISO 9001:2008 registered company. I also served as President of Manufacturing in 2004-05. Since 2005, I have been entirely focused on the rental and service side of our business.

How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?

As a quintessential hippie type, my Evergreen experience did little to prepare me for business per se because at the time I had zero orientation towards business. However, my academic experience taught me how to access knowledge and gave me solid organizational, research, writing, and verbal skills which have definitely helped my business experience. Evergreen really has an incredible faculty! David Hitchens, Rita Pougiales and others were great mentors for my Evergreen journey. As a student that did primarily independent contracts with these mentors, I gained a lot of self-confidence by pursuing projects that were explored in depth which resulted in some significant pieces of written work.