Pump Guide

Chelsea Shoji - Thursday, March 11, 2021


Cross-Reference Sheet for Contractors & Installers

Looking to diversify the markets you serve?

Developed by Mitchell's Go-To-Pro team of pump and application specialists, this pump guide makes cross referencing popular pump types and the variety of applications they serve, quick and easy!

Download Guide

Reedsport Retrofit Keeps City’s Heads Above Water

Chelsea Shoji - Thursday, February 18, 2021

The City of Reedsport OR has a total area of 2.3 sq miles and of that, a full .26 sq mile is water. They average 76” of rain per year and the city is only 10ft above sea level, so controlling excess water is critical. The city has several stormwater overflow wells with aging equipment, including vertical turbine pumps. The 7th Street well had the most urgent need, so the city contacted Romtec Utilities. out of Roseburg, OR to help with design and sourcing. MLS and Romtec Utilities have partnered in the past on similar projects, so their first call was to our turbine expert, Curt James. The existing pumps were obsolete and originally built to very specific dimensions to fit into the pump house. With decades of experience and knowledge, Curt was able to find a manufacturer that could meet design conditions and do a very customer build to make installation as easy as possible. The 16PO from Warson Pumps.

The pumps were installed on December 14th, 2020 with start-up testing the next day. Romtec Utilities, Mitchell Lewis, and Pacific Excavation were all on site to perform and witness an ideal start-up. While there was no rain on that day, the capacity of these pumps gives the city extended capacity and reliability for any weather events for years to come. The city will be upgrading other wells as their end of life approaches.


MLS Customer – Romtec Utilities

Job Name / Location – 7thSt Pump Station / Reedsport, Oregon

Installing contractor – Pacific Excavation

Design conditions – 8500gpm @ 21ft TDH

Products – Warson 16PO vertical turbine with 60HP motors



MLS Announces Partnership with GWT in Arizona

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Pump Specialty Distribution Company Mitchell Lewis & Staver Announces Goulds Water Technology Partnership in Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, February 5, 2021 - Mitchell Lewis & Staver announces authorization for distribution of Goulds Water Technology (GWT) products in the state of Arizona. The expansion of this product line in Mitchell's Phoenix branch is a complement to their company-wide expertise in GWT equipment, having proudly supported Goulds products across their other fifteen locations for over 24 years.

“This is a thrilling opportunity for us and our team in Phoenix is ready to deliver and support our industry with Goulds products immediately” notes COO/CFO Ean Reves, “For over two decades we have partnered with this premier brand; our specialists know the Goulds product line intimately and its capabilities across a variety of applications, from residential water well systems to agriculture/irrigation and more.”

For over 100 years, Mitchell’s has been committed to developing innovative solutions for the markets they serve, solutions that save energy and natural resources. “We take enormous pride in exceeding our customer’s expectations and we are excited to partner with Goulds Water Technology to serve Arizona for years to come.” remarks David Brown, President and CEO of Mitchell Lewis & Staver.

Mitchell’s worked quickly, in coordination with GWT, to fully stock their Phoenix warehouse with large inventories of in-demand products that support the industries they serve and are ready today to immediately deliver products and solutions across the region. Mitchell Lewis & Staver in-house Applied Product Technical Specialists are available to assist contractors and facility managers with system designs, pump builds, custom panels, and repairs; their Phoenix Build Center capabilities include:

  • Line Shaft Vertical Turbines up to 21" Bowls
  • Submersible Turbine Builds
  • Centrifugal Pump Builds

About Mitchell Lewis & Staver

Since 1882, Mitchell Lewis & Staver has focused on technical expertise, superior service, quality products, and dependable delivery; making them today, the leading distributor of value-added pumps, motors, controls, packaged systems and custom engineered solutions for residential water, wastewater, agriculture, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications. From 16 locations across 13 states and a state-of-the-art UL 508A manufacturing facility where in-house engineers design and build quality standard and custom control panels and packaged systems, Mitchell Lewis & Staver develops innovative solutions in collaboration with customers that help save energy and conserve natural resources.

For media and other inquiries, please contact David De Rego, VP of Marketing.


marketing@mitchellewis.com / mitchellewis.com


5 Tips for a Great Social Media Calendar

Chelsea Shoji - Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Social media is an incredibly fast, inexpensive and effective tool for communicating, answering questions and building trust with customers – and potential customers.

A successful social media strategy requires regular publishing and engaging with followers to see positive results – such as increased brand recognition, lead generation, SEO (search engine optimization), or all the above. With a new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start organizing your ideas and planning out your 2021 content calendar.

Tip #1: Pick categories

Start by taking a look back at your previous posts and evaluate which ones had the most likes, shares or comments. To do this, you’ll need to pull together all your unique media analytics from sources such as Twitter, Facebook Insights, or LinkedIn. If you don’t have old posts to refer to, do an audit of a competitor in your industry. Search for relevant hashtags or keywords and identify the accounts with the highest engagement. Next, categorize these posts and think about any new categories you would like to start sharing.


  1. Photos of recently completed work
  2. Events: holidays or special events relevant to your industry
  3. Tips for your customers
  4. Re-shares of interesting content
  5. Blog shares of your original content
  6. Conversation starters

Tip #2: Decide what categories are right for each audience
Social media is a unique channel that requires some research before you start blasting out content. Here are a few example questions to ask yourself: Are some posts performing better on Twitter than on Instagram? Does your LinkedIn audience respond to thought leadership content (ebook, blog, whitepaper) more? Are videos generating the most engagement on Facebook? Really dive into the content formats and topics that your audience responds to for each platform.

Tip #3: Determine frequency

Determine a frequency, whether it is 3x week or once a month and write that down, a 2015 university study showed that the act of writing down your goals increases your likeliness to follow through by 42%. Don’t set yourself up to fail, pick a frequency that is achievable and hold yourself to it.

Tip #4: Plan out your posts in advance

Writing under a tight deadline can be stressful and feel like a chore, try writing your posts (and gathering images) well in advance; this way, when the day/week/month comes for your next post, you only need to cut and paste your content. Easy.

Tip #5: Download a free calendar

Start mapping out your week/month or year with our free excel template or setup a Google calendar which is great for keeping you on schedule with reminders. Our team at Mitchell’s has used the free version of Trello in the past with great success. This tool helped us organize posts (or any project) into a visual workflow and assign tasks to team members.

We’re all incredibly busy and without a plan in place for the different tasks we have to get done, things inevitably slip through the cracks. Social media engagement is no exception. Whether you are a seasoned social wizard or just setting up your first Facebook for business page, every social media manager knows the value and benefits of taking the time to setup and use a social media content calendar.

To help get you started, we’re sharing our own social media template to make planning, managing and coordinating your content easier than ever. Template includes industry and association events scheduled for 2021 – plus links to event images and #hashtags!

Download our Free Template

Hometown H2O

Chelsea Shoji - Thursday, October 22, 2020

Shared from Waterboys.org Blog:

“The fact that senior Americans with underlying health conditions must get usable water from two different locations on a regular basis – especially during a global pandemic – should not exist; however, issues like these are far more prevalent than people realize,” said Chris Long.


“We recognize the great need for basic access to clean, safe water in this country, which is why Hometown H2O was created in partnership with one of the world’s leading water tech companies – to make as big of an impact as quickly as possible.”

Steve Gleason suffers from COPD and heart issues, which make the already arduous treks to the river and spring even more dangerous than they already are. Combined with the risks that COVID-19 bring to the elderly and immunocompromised, the potential outcomes of not having direct access to running water are severe.

Even with a recent replacement, the Gleason’s river pump is unreliable and requires ongoing repairs. Silt from the river flow builds up in the pump, causing it to fail and forcing the couple to use non-potable water collected from a rain barrel. The most recent failure resulted in a lack of running water to the home for two months, prompting the Gleason’s to heed a neighbor’s recommendation to apply for assistance through the Water Well Trust, a critical nonprofit partner of Xylem and Hometown H2O.

Xylem has donated Goulds Water Technology brand equipment and local distributor partner Mitchell Lewis & Staver coordinated its discounted installation through pump installer McMullen Water Systems and water well driller McMullen Drilling of Portland, Oregon. Waterboys also hosted a Zoom meeting between Kyle and Howie Long and the Gleason’s for further insight into the clean water crisis in the U.S. and how Hometown H2O is helping to mitigate it.

Additionally, Mitchell Lewis & Staver is making a $10,000 donation to the Waterboys program through Xylem Watermark, which is matching the donation 1:1 for a total of $20,000. Waterboys will then use the funds for its domestic initiatives to bring clean water to communities in need.

“This type of opportunity to collaborate with these premier organizations and make a real difference in people’s lives doesn’t come along every day,” said David Brown, chief executive officer, Mitchell Lewis & Staver.

“It wasn’t a question for us to extend our support of the Water Well Trust, Xylem Watermark and Hometown H2O missions beyond providing the Gleason’s access to water.”

As is customary with all Hometown H2O projects, Xylem’s highly-regarded corporate social responsibility program Watermark, provides volunteers who conduct various improvement projects on the property beyond the well donation. Taking social distancing precautions amid Coronavirus concerns, local Xylem employees joined forces with Mitchell Lewis & Staver employees to help build the well house for the new water well, helping ensure its longevity for the Gleason’s access to water.

“One thing no one should have to worry about, especially during such uncertain times, is having access to clean, safe water,” said Susan O’Grady, director, Americas Building Services & Agriculture, Xylem.

“But, in fact, there is a very real water crisis in the U.S., which is being further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, our unique position in the water sector in coordination with our national and global partners, gives us the great honor and responsibility to address these water challenges swiftly.”


water well project complete!

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, August 28, 2020

Photos: Steve Gleason watches as Justin McMullin trenches up towards the home then down to the electrical box .  

Hometown H2O Water Well Project COMPLETE!

Today we are thrilled to announce that the Waterboys – in partnership with Xylem, Water Well Trust, Mitchell Lewis & Staver, McMullin Drilling and McMullin Water Systems – successfully installed a system from which clean water can now flow into the Gleason home in rural Jewell, Oregon – a celebratory day indeed as August 28th also marks Lana Gleason’s 70th birthday!

It was a long and emotional process as we uncovered many obstacles that nearly brought this project to a halt. From dry wells to high TDS, we are all very grateful to these teams of professionals that pushed the limits of creativity and ingenuity to provide a solution where the Gleason family can now enjoy clean water with which to cook, clean, wash hands and, most importantly, drink!

Photos: Magic Mike building the pump house, McMullin laying pipe, the crew installs the pump house roof.

In the project’s final days, McMullin Water Systems trenched 300 feet of pipe and electrical, installed a Goulds Jet Pump, HydroPro Tank, 2500-gallon Poly Tank, and a Reverse Osmosis (RO) System with two-gallon reserve tank for under the sink operation.

The Goulds pump, tank and control panel are comfortably housed inside a Mike Evans (Wilsonville driver extraordinaire) custom-made pump house, painted a beautiful shade of Oregon Ducks green (Steve Gleason’s favorite team).

A big thank you to one of Mitchell’s great customers, Hillsboro Pump and Electric, who heeded our call for help and quickly assisted with the electrical installation of the pump house and pump equipment.

Photos: Inside the pump house, Scott McMullin laying pipe, the crew poses for a final photo in front of a custom pump house and 2500-gallon water tank.

Our story ends with an amazing group of people united together from across the country, new friends, and a grateful couple who remarks, “There is no way we could have done this on our own” Steve Gleason continues, “Every day I wake up wondering if the [existing] pump would turn on, now I can rest easy knowing we have water from our very own well.”


Photos: Reverse Osmosis (RO) System, Steve and Lana Gleason interviewing, Steve McMullin turning on the faucet to clean drinking water!

7 Essential Marketing Strategies

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, August 14, 2020

Having a marketing strategy is critical to grow your business. If you do nothing else in the realm of marketing, these seven strategies will help you take control of your business trajectory.

Shop Mitchell's New Website!

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wilsonville, Oregon – Today Mitchell Lewis & Staver launched an e-commerce website exclusively for their customers, offering huge discounts on overstock and clearance items.

MLS HotList introduces a unique shopping experience for pumps, motors and controls used in residential water systems, agriculture, wastewater and commercial/industrial applications. The HotList site features an assortment of top-quality products from the brands their customers trust.

From each of Mitchell Lewis & Staver’s locations, customers are assisted by product specialists with access to an abundance of inventory across their entire footprint. With HotList, customers will benefit from free shipping (8-10 business days), huge savings on overstock and clearance items, piece of mind as all products come with a one-year warranty, and a unique shopping experience based on pre-established terms – no credit card necessary.

“The launch of HotList allows our customers to tap into our enormous inventory of overstocked products and enjoy great savings!” says Ean Reves, Mitchell Lewis & Staver CFO/COO. “HotList is a natural step towards enhancing our customer’s experience and our continued commitment to partnering with them.”  


About Mitchell Lewis & Staver

Since 1882, Mitchell Lewis & Staver has focused on technical expertise, superior service, quality products, and dependable delivery; making them today, the leading distributor of value-added pumps, motors, controls, packaged systems and custom engineered solutions for residential water, wastewater, agriculture, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications. From 16 locations across 13 states and a state-of-the-art UL 508A manufacturing facility where in-house engineers design and build quality standard and custom control panels and packaged systems, Mitchell Lewis & Staver develops innovative solutions in collaboration with customers that help save energy and conserve natural resources.

For media and other inquiries, please contact David De Rego, VP of Marketing.




UPDATE: Hometown H2O Project

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, July 15, 2020


21 days ago, Hometown H2O attempted its first well site in the rural coastal community of Jewel, Oregon with the simple goal of providing clean water access to Steve and Lana Gleason – a goal that proved to be anything but easy.

The first two wells McMullen Drilling attempted produced a mere 2GPM of saltwater; a third attempt resulted in 120 feet of dry sandstone. The fourth hole was drilled at the lowest point on the property, but after drilling down 100 feet, 200 feet, then 300 feet – it was determined that this site too would be a non-producer.

Disappointment reflected in everyone’s eyes with Steve and Lana asking if anything else could be done? At that, Mitchell’s Matt Johnson reassuringly said to them, “Our charter here is to solve water, and that is exactly what we are going to do.”

Matt set to work on contacting the Water Systems Council to inquire about a member conducting business in Reverse Osmosis Filtration who would be interested in helping. His plan: to move back to the original site from day one, drill a fifth salt-producing well, add a RO Filtration system, two separate holding tanks – one for the well to pump into and one for treated water, plus a booster system to move the clean water up to the Gleason’s home.

The plan was set into motion on July 8th when the fifth well was drilled down to 100 feet. The site picked up 2GPM with a total dissolved solids (TDS) level of 3400 (typically a good producing well will have at least 10GPM and a TDS below 600.

Today, we are happy to report that McMullen Water Systems successfully installed a Goulds 7GS05R 4” submersible pump with a 1/2HP 2-wire motor. By sizing a “reduced stage” pump, Matt sought to minimize the amount of lift from the well thus offering protections against over-pumping.

Over the course of the next six to seven days, McMullen Water Systems will develop the well by pumping 60 gallons per hour, after which, a water sample will be taken. The sample will be expedited across the country to Master Water Conditioning, located in Pennsylvania, to be analyzed and a custom reverse osmosis system built for the Gleason’s well.

While this project continues to overcome twists and turns, the determination from all involved to provide this deserving couple access to clean water has produced a plan that shows how great teamwork, creativity and compassion create innovative solutions.

Stay tuned for our next update!

Water Well Project

Chelsea Shoji - Monday, June 29, 2020

HOMETOWN H2O Water Well Project!

June 24th 2020, we kicked off a project in partnership with Xylem’s (Goulds) Watermark Foundation and Waterboys called Hometown H2O - where we, along with McMullen Drilling and McMullen Water Systems, are working together to install a new water well for a retired couple that lives near Jewel, Oregon.

For 10 years, Steve and Lana Gleason have traveled 40 miles to fill 1-gallon jugs at a spring for clean drinking water. After unsuccessfully applying for a bank loan to install a water well, a neighbor told the couple about the Water Well Trust. The Water Well Trust assists low-income families in numerous ways as the Gleason’s were interested in a low-interest loan as they could not afford it on their retirement income. After submitting their application, the Water Well Trust reached out to Mitchell's VP of Business Development, Matt Johnson, who then got Xylem Watermark and the Waterboys excited to help.

Two weeks ago, Steve and Lana learned that their low-interest loan would be covered in full by Waterboys. When Steve, a retired commercial fisherman and self-proclaimed “tough guy”, learned of this news over a Zoom call, he and Lana broke down in tears of joy.

Last week, McMullen Drilling broke ground and have attempted two wells. Unfortunately, both wells have not produced more than 2 GPM of salt water and they are attempting a third well today 6/29/20.

Volunteers at our Wilsonville branch are building a new pump house for the Gleasons and hope to install it this week. Our marketing team is on-hand to document the project through video and photo, and Xylem has generously offered to compile our footage into a professional documentary-style short-film.

Check back soon for more updates and photos!

Partnering to Donate PPE

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Partnering to Donate PPE

The Mitchell Assist program supports our customer's essential businesses as well as the communities we live and work in. We are proud to be partnering with Xylem Inc. to help donate PPE to the front line workers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Xylem Inc. responded to the pandemic by transforming some of their manufacturing lines to focus on the production of 3-D printed face shields. All our Mitchell branches are distributing this vital personal protection equipment to nearby hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. We are all in this together.

Introducing Mitchell Assist

Chelsea Shoji - Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Pump Specialty Distribution Company Mitchell Lewis & Staver Rolls Out Customer Assistance Program

“Mitchell Lewis & Staver is uniquely positioned to partner with our customers to power through these uncertain times. Throughout our 138-year history, we’ve worked collaboratively with our customers during the most challenging of times. Today we are proud to build on that solid foundation as we endeavor to provide a first-of-its-kind program to further demonstrate to our partners that we are in this together.”

— Mitchell Lewis & Staver President and CEO David Brown

Wilsonville, Oregon, June 2, 2020 - In an effort to help customers impacted by COVID-19’s effect on the economic downturn, Mitchell Lewis & Staver announces Mitchell Assist, a portfolio of financial support initiatives and programs. This marks the first time, in the history of the industry, that a distribution company has offered such a robust program that provides immediate assistance to essential businesses who every day address water challenges vital to the safety and health of our communities and the viability of our nation’s infrastructure.

“Inspired by our customers who provide water, our most vital resource, Mitchell Lewis & Staver is working with our customers to persevere to the other side of economic uncertainty,” said CEO David Brown. “Mitchell Assist is just one of the ways we’re working to help our customers and communities during this unexpected situation.”

As the industry’s oldest pump specialty distributor and an innovative leader for pumps, motors and controls, Mitchell Lewis & Staver is helping contractors and other businesses who support the millions of end users who rely on clean water in their homes, buildings, hospitals, and farms. Mitchell Assist offers solutions that uniquely support our customers including product discounts and incentives with extended terms, along with newly added financial offerings through our loyalty program - Mitchell Rewards - expanding its overall flexibility. Programs are available now to customers across our footprint with some programs running through the end of July 2020.

Mitchell Lewis & Staver, headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon is committed to partnering with our customers to work through these challenging times. “Mitchell Assist provides short-term relief to our customers so that they can focus on solving problems for their customers.” says CFO/COO Ean Reves. “We encourage all our customers to contact their local sales representative to discuss Mitchell Assist options.”


About Mitchell Lewis & Staver

Since 1882, Mitchell Lewis & Staver has focused on technical expertise, superior service, quality products, and dependable delivery; making them today, the leading distributor of value-added pumps, motors, controls, packaged systems and custom engineered solutions for residential water, wastewater, agriculture, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications. From 16 locations across 13 states and a state-of-the-art UL 508A manufacturing facility where in-house engineers design and build quality standard and custom control panels and packaged systems, Mitchell Lewis & Staver develops innovative solutions in collaboration with customers that help save energy and conserve natural resources.

For media and other inquiries, please contact David De Rego, VP of Marketing.






Webinar | How to Size a VFD

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, April 10, 2020





TIME: 10am PST




Join Mitchell Lewis & Staver Product Manager, Darin Malcolm, and learn how to select the right Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) or Reduced Voltage Soft Starter (RVSS) for your application.

In this Free Webinar , Darin will discuss how to correctly size a VFD and select the most beneficial accessories, based on application, to meet utility requirements, reduce premature failure, and maximize the life of the equipment.

• Correctly size a VFD
• Select accessories based on the application
• Protect your equipment
• Navigate utility requirements and rebates



Wastewater Pump Guide

Chelsea Shoji - Tuesday, April 07, 2020


6 Best Pumps for Any Waste Stream

Wastewater Solutions are critical and central to the health of our communities - which is why we developed this Free Reference Guide to help your employees and customers understand modern waste steams and the 6 Best Pumps for each application.

Download Free Guide





Response to COVID-19

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, March 20, 2020


As a business deemed to be supporting an essential service, please know that Mitchell Lewis & Staver remains open for business to provide you with the products and services you need to address water challenges that are vital to our communities, regardless of events.

Mitchell Lewis & Staver is taking all recommended proactive measures to ensure the well-being of our employees, our customers and our communities while monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19. We will continue to modify, and update based on new information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health officials.

In light of the dynamic situation surrounding COVID-19, we have implemented the following Response Measures.

Department of Homeland Security guidance for identifying essential services critical to infrastructure during COVID-19: LINK




Founder's Day

Chelsea Shoji - Sunday, March 01, 2020

Our Biggest Sale of the YEAR!

Big discounts and double points on orders entered between March 1st through March 31st, 2020!

Any single order of $5,000 or greater qualifies,with no limit to how many qualified orders you can make during the month.

The bigger the order, the greater the savings!




Free Training Event in Utah

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, February 28, 2020


8AM - 4PM

Join us for a FREE one-day training event at our Midvale, Utah location and earn up to 6 CEU credits approved by the Utah Division of Water Rights. Classes will cover a range of topics including wastewater, ag pumps, drives, industrial, business principals and mud.
Morning refreshments and lunch provided.

Space is limited, please call to RSVP.

Location: 6991 S Commerce Park Drive, Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: 801-561-5011


UPDATE: 3/16/2020 - In response to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined.



gpda enrollment 2020

Chelsea Shoji - Monday, February 17, 2020

The 2020 MLS/Goulds GPDA Enrollment Week is Here!

Find an event near you to earn TRIPLE GPDA POINTS*!
Learn about Xylem membership benefits and exciting new product developments while enjoying a catered lunch.
*Available only on 4” Submersible Pumps, 4” Submersible Motors and Wastewater Pump purchases between February 24–28, 2020.


Can't make an event? Enroll Online!

This year we are making it easier than ever to sign-up for GPDA with our online enrollment! Our quick and easy form will have you earning big rewards in minutes.


Click HERE to Enroll Online!





UPDATE: 3/16/2020 - In response to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined.

Podcast: solving water

Chelsea Shoji - Saturday, February 01, 2020

Solving Water - A Xylem Podcast

Featuring Mitchell's own, Matt Johnson & David De Rego

Hear insights from two of Mitchell's own as they share their views on the water industry and how their past experiences uniquely position them to tackle market opportunities together.

Listen Now

Danfoss VLT Aqua Drive Webinar

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, October 11, 2019

Watch the Video!

On October 10, 2019 Mitchell Lewis & Staver held its first live webinar on the Danfoss VLT Aqua Drive. Missed the presentation or interested in learning more about Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)? Now you can watch this FREE video anytime!

Join Product Manager, Darin Malcolm, and learn the capabilities and advantages of using the Danfoss Aqua Drive in a variety of applications.

Your customers will appreciate the energy and resource savings along with the added value of prolonging the life and performance of their pumps and motors.



Chelsea Shoji - Friday, September 27, 2019

A Visual Introduction to Motor Controls

Get up to speed quick! With Mitchell's guide to Motor Control Basics, learn the advantages and considerations for Across The Line, Soft Start, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and which one is right for your next project!




Mitchell's Minute - VLT Aqua Drive

Chelsea Shoji - Thursday, September 05, 2019

Mitchell Lewis & Staver is thrilled to announce the launch of our new video series, Mitchell's Minute!

These quick, 60-seconds, educational videos will feature a key technology, product, or service that Mitchell Lewis & Staver's Product Specialists can help with. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and be the first to view our future videos!

Save energy & increase pump performance

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, September 04, 2019

VLT AQUA Drive FC 202

Join Mitchell Lewis & Staver Product Manager, Darin Malcolm, and learn the capabilities and advantages of the Danfoss Aqua Drive.

This Free Webinar will highlight the capabilities and advantages of using this advanced technology in a variety of applications.
Your customers will appreciate the energy and resource savings along with the added value of prolonging the life and performance of their pumps and motors.
Duration: 45 minutes
LIVE Webinar: stream live from any device and ask questions in our real-time Q&A chat feature!



5 Safety Must-Haves For Any Jobsite

Chelsea Shoji - Monday, July 22, 2019



Mitchell's is committed to our customer's success. Since 1882, our company has continued to evolve, but supporting our customers has and always will be our focus.  

Download our FREE eBook!

Five Safety Must-Haves For Any Jobsite!




New Location in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Mitchell Lewis & Staver Announces New Location in the Mount Pleasant Community of Michigan.

Mitchell Lewis & Staver announces the opening of their new location in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and celebrates the company’s expansion to 13 states and 17 locations across the nation. Mitchell’s team of product specialists for pumps, motors and controls in residential water, wastewater, ag, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications has made them the market leader in value-added distribution.

“We are thrilled to announce our new location in Mt. Pleasant”, says David Brown, President and CEO of Mitchell Lewis & Staver. “We saw a unique opportunity in Michigan that greatly aligns with our core capabilities of providing technical expertise, superior customer service and the highest quality products.” The Mt. Pleasant location will generate several new living wage jobs in the area, and is central to the state’s finest residential, agricultural, and commercial activity.

“Through the hard work of all our Mitchell Lewis & Staver employees, we have built a reputation of having best-in-industry product and application knowledge.” says COO/CFO Ean Reves, “For over 100 years, Mitchell’s has been committed to developing innovative solutions for the markets we serve, solutions that save energy and natural resources. We take enormous pride in exceeding our customer’s expectations and we are excited to partner with our suppliers to serve Michigan for years to come.”

The team in Mt. Pleasant is led by Jim Schlabach, who has returned to his home state of Michigan with 23 years of industry experience. Contact Mitchell Lewis & Staver for further information on all their services: 989-817-4991 or toll free 1-888-740-5949. Visit michigan.mitchellewis.com for more information on Mitchell’s people, partners and solutions.

Summertime Scratchers

Chelsea Shoji - Monday, June 03, 2019


Mitchell's Summertime Scratchers 2019 is happening NOW!

Scratch to win great gear and the best part....EVERY card is a WINNER!

David Brown finds his promised land

Chelsea Shoji - Friday, May 24, 2019


Cheers to David Brown, Owner & CEO of Mitchell Lewis & Staver!

His entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to delivering on a vision is truly an inspiration to our organization. Below is a recent article by Pete Danko of the Portland Business Journal. 


Oregon vineyard developer, David Brown, tests unexplored terrain, new varieties - Portland Business Journal READ MORE

Download a PDF of the article

Create an Optimized Facebook Business Page in 5 Easy Steps

Chelsea Shoji - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Worldwide, there are over 2.38 billion monthly active Facebook users as of March 31, 2019 and in the United States, 68% of Americans use Facebook. On average, Americans spend 58 minutes per day on this platform (source: Facebook and Pew Center). Odds are great that your customers are among them, making Facebook Business Page a great opportunity to engage with them. Here are 5 essential steps to creating an optimized business page on Facebook:


STEP 1: Sign up

Go to facebook.com/pages/creation. Here you’ll see two categories, select Business or Brand. To begin, click Get Stated and follow the onscreen instructions, be prepared to fill in the required business information.


STEP 2: Add content



A. Start by adding a profile image. Companies will typically use their logo but keep in mind this image is cropped to a circle so be sure important information is kept away from the corners. Simply click the plus + symbol to add a profile image.

B. The most notable image on your page is your cover image, choose this carefully, this image should mirror your brand identity or brand personality. This image must be at least 400 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall. To add an image, hover over the area to see an edit button appear.

C. Create a username, this is how you’ll tell people where to find you on Facebook. Keep it easy to type and easy to remember, for example your business name or an obvious variation of it. This is also how customers will “tag” you in a post. Example, “Thanks @username for providing me with great customer service yesterday!”

D. Add important company information in your About section, including your contact information, products, hours, location, and company website address.


STEP 3: Create your first post

EBefore sharing your newly created page, make sure you add at least one post. This post can be a current promotion, event, product offer, or information that your customers would find relevant from you or other thought leaders in your industry. Keep your posts content valuable and relevant to your customers; be active and responsive to their comments and questions for increased engagement.

Tip: use images or video in your posts that make sense to the topic you’re writing about. Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images (source).


STEP 4: Add a call to action

 F. By default, Facebook adds a Send Message button on your page, to edit the button text, hover over it and select Edit Button. Choose the type of button and message that better fits your business. For example, Schedule an Appointment, Free Estimate, or Shop Now – you can then link this button to a specific URL on your business website.


STEP 5: Get Verified


This is often a forgotten but essential step, it shows visitors that you are a legitimate business and gives your brand credibility online. The gray check mark icon next to your business name gives your visitors confidence they are dealing directly with your company and helps to boost your page in search results.

Before applying, be sure to link your business website with your Facebook page in the About section. Additionally, add a link on your business website back to your Facebook page. Ensure all essential fields are filled out on your Facebook About section.

To apply for Facebook verification, click on Settings at the top of your page, on the left sidebar click General, click Page Verification, click Verify this Page, and finally Get Started.



For instant verification, elect to have Facebook call the phone number you have listed on your business page. You’ll receive an automated call that will give you a 4-digit code, enter this code into the box waiting for you on screen and click Continue. You will now see a verified check mark next to your company name.

Alternatively, you can verify by uploading a photo of an official document that shows your company name and address. Keep in mind, this method can take a bit longer as Facebook requires time to review your document.

A Facebook Business Page is essentially a $0 marketing tool that you do not need a marketing degree to successfully integrate into your business plan. Showcase your business personality with authentic content and you will soon find this to be a great tool to grow your business!




Campout Dreams!

Chelsea Shoji - Wednesday, May 01, 2019


Make your dreams come true the entire month of May!

Campout Dreams begins May 1st and ends May 31st, 2019

Click here for Campout Dreams Rules & Criteria

Goulds Thank You Event 2018 NGWA show

- Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Join the Goulds Team for this fun Customer Appreciation Event at Gilley's

after the show on Wednesday!

Great food, drink and FUN! And, Goulds thanks you for your business.

Have a great show!

MLS Packaged Systems: Speeding The Crop Harvest

- Tuesday, November 06, 2018

This custom mixing station that MLS Packaged Systems engineers designed and built for WaterTec, is a highly-efficient, VFD-controlled component, integral to irrigating greenhouse crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and more. The station blends recycled, excess water, which was not absorbed by the plants with treated fresh water for use in the next irrigation cycle. In the mixing tank, fertilizers are added as a balancing acid to regulate the PH of the water to optimum levels. The water is then pumped from the tank, passing through a series of media filters, and out to the greenhouse.

The frequency of station operation is determined by a Growth Management System that constantly monitors the amount of sunlight, greenhouse temperature and humidity, while measuring the amount of water and fertilizer returning from the plants.

The amount of fertilizer in the outgoing water cycle is regulated using electrical conductivity (EC) sensors located downstream of the mixing tank. The treated water will have a consistent low level of conductivity due to the lack of impurities in the water. Adding fertilizers to the water raises the EC. The grower determines the optimum EC level when selecting the fertilizer mix.

Three to seven fertilizer injector pumps cycle on and off to maintain the fertilizer levels at the correct proportions, all this controlled by the Growth Management System. The outgoing PH is monitored by sensors installed downstream of the mixing tank, and activate the acid pump as needed to maintain the selected set-point. A target PH for tomatoes as an example is around 5.

MLS Packaged Systems advance the growing process enabling a continuous, robust crop cycle, whatever the crop. Operational accessibility and flexibility is a key attribute of MLS custom packaged systems.

–Michael Watterson

MLS Product Manager, Packaged Systems


MLS Branch Opens In Santa Maria, CA!

- Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mitchell Lewis & Staver, Co. has expanded its footprint into Santa Maria, California. The Santa Maria office is the seventh location in California, located at 3070 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, our 16th overall branch.

This new warehouse will provide customers with immediate access to inventory, local service and deliveries, and even more options for specialized technical support for turbines, controls, packaged systems and industrial applications.

“Our new location – the second on the Central Coast of California – will better position Mitchell’s to provide pumping solutions to the vibrant agricultural and industrial markets in and around Santa Barbara County,” said Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development.“We’re excited to improve product availability and provide technical support for the area’s pumping needs.”

The Santa Maria location will feature a full suite of products from Goulds, Berkeley, Fairbanks, Sta-Rite, Myers, Danfoss and more.


Mitchell Lewis & Staver
3070 Skyway Dr, Suite 301
Santa Maria, CA 93455

M-F 8am to 5pm

888-866-0497 Toll Free
805-623-8177 Main
805-631-5120 Fax

Dustin Powers, Territory Sales Manager
805-305-8943 Cell





- Friday, October 05, 2018


The ENTIRE month of October includes TRIPLE point opportunities! That’s 6X MORE

points for Stainless Dealers! There’s no better time than now to stock up on the Goulds

Water Technology & CentriPro products the industry depends on.

Discover the NEW GFK & GFV series submersible sewage pumps with 3X the normal point value!

Contact your MLS Rep today for more information on products from the industry leader: Goulds



Double MLS REWARDS points all October!

- Friday, October 05, 2018

A frighteningly good deal it is!

Get DOUBLE the MLS REWARDS points the entire month of October!

If you are not currently a MLS REWARDS member, contact your MLS Rep today and sign up.


It's All In The Mix!

- Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This large, powerful mixing packaged system was designed and manufactured entirely at Mitchell's Wilsonville facility for our client: WaterTec. Ultimately, the finished, component, four pad system will be used in blending and dispersing combinations of water, fertilizers and other liquids in achieving and sustaining the ideal mixes to support commercial vegetation farming. This style system is not only for tomatoes, but is also used for large scale growing of cut flowers, specialty cucumbers, red/orange/yellow sweet peppers, annual bedding plants, poinsettias and herbs. 

This unit will serve to mix fertilizers into and lower the PH of water that is on its way to the plants. When the irrigation water comes from the well, it is treated and filtered to remove all particulates and organic materials that could affect the plants. Depending on the water quality, there may be no treatment beyond microfiltration, but typically treatment would include RO, ozone gas, pasteurization, or chlorine gas. This water is typically blended with left over water from previous watering cycles that has not been taken up by the plants. That water is filtered and sometimes treated before being blended back with the treated water. This return water is reused as much as is practical to reduce the energy cost of water treatment, to utilize trace fertilizers entrained in the water, and to mitigate high nitrate waste water discharge.


One pump on this skid is called the fill pump. When an irrigation cycle is initiated, water is pulled into this pump through two pipes, one being the return water and the other the treated water. The water is blended by using a modulating valve system to accurately maintain their correct proportion. The fill pump pushes this water into a mixing tank where up to 5 different fertilizers and acid is introduced in direct proportion to the volume of water being pumped to the plants, as measured by a flow meter downstream of a second pump, called the booster pump. This pump moves all the blended and fertilized water from the mixing tank through additional media filters and on to the plants, as well as drive water through EC and PH sensors to confirm correct adherence to the growers fertilizer and PH requirements.

It used to be that growers grew their plants in small isolated blocks within the greenhouse, so that they were assured of a constant, rotating crop in production. Now the common method is to plant a block to 50% capacity and when that crop is at 50% maturity, plant new plants between the existing ones to maintain a continuous crop. This requires two independent parallel irrigation systems as the growing and maturing plants have different irrigation and fertilizer requirements.

Michael Watterson          

Packaged System Product Manager, MLS








- Friday, July 13, 2018


Meet Curt James, our detail-obsessed turbine expert... singer of western song and cowboy poet!

He's constantly in tune to his customers' needs, applying his extensive experience in designing turbine-based irrigation systems best-suited to the application.

Curt's one of our many key assets at Mitchell. Experience and a continuing appetite for technical knowledge make Curt indispensable in bringing what is best to our customers.


MLS and Alfa Laval Join Forces

- Friday, June 29, 2018

Precision engineered and manufactured Alfa Laval pump products partner with MLS in broadening their distribution.

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Alfa Laval who are recognized as one of the world leaders in the areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling for high purity and sanitary applications. Their products include, but are not limited to: 

• Food grade centrifugal, piston and lobe pumps 

• Mixers and agitators 

• Fittings and valves 

• Complete CIP stations 

• Heat Exchanger 

• Tank cleaning equipment and accessories 

And much more


What does this mean for you? Combine a distributor with 100+ years of pump experience and a manufacturer with 2500 patents and hundreds of thousands of installations, you get the highest quality equipment, engineered for your application, with an entire team of pump professionals at your service.

Ty Collins

Industrial Market Manager





MLS and The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Hatch a New Solution

- Tuesday, June 05, 2018


A day in the life here at Mitchell Lewis.

One of Mitchell Lewis’ long standing relationships is with the Department of Fish & Wildlife. We are proud to support an organization that does so much for present and future generations providing opportunities to hunt, fish and explore the outdoors. As many of our employees and customers are avid outdoorsmen; we wanted to share one of the recent projects we did for the Department of Fish & Wildlife.

This project was acquired by Industrial Controls Product Manager Darin Malcolm. Darin visited with the Department of Fish & Wildlife to better understand their needs for supplying and maintaining water levels for their fish hatcheries. This specific panel was designed for the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery in southern Oregon. This fish hatchery produces Chinook, coho, steelhead salmon and two stocks of rainbow trout.

The water source for the hatchery are the Rock Creek and North Umpqua rivers. There are five short set turbines that pump out water from these two rivers into the hatchery.

After consulting with our electrical engineering team, Mitchell Lewis & Staver provided a comprehensive solution that will monitor and maintain water levels for both their fish pond and fish trays.

This panel is equipped with 5 – 75HP Danfoss VFD’s that are utilizing a cascade control card which controls a five pump system alternating on a lead lag system.

This is just another example displaying the wide range of expertise and solutions we provide on a daily basis.

We are very proud of the MLS Controls Team and the solutions we provide of customers!

Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, MLS




- Thursday, May 31, 2018



Mitchell's is giving you unlimited chances to win prizes this June and July just for being a customer! Purchase any pump, motor and control unit together on the same sales order and receive one (1) Summertime Scratcher. There is no limit to how many Scratchers you can earn and prizes you can win. Ask how to receive a Summertime Scratcher on your next order. BIg Prizes, Big Fun!

  • All-inclusive Alaska Fishing Trip
  • Traeger Grills
  • YETI Coolers
  • Little Giant 17' Ladders
  • Gerber Multi-tools
  • Amazon Echo Dots
  • Ridgid Wet/Dry Shop Vacs
  • Porter Cable Drill Sets
  • SodaStream Machines
  • and more!

The Summertime Scratcher sweepstakes runs from June 1st - July 31st 2018, and is open to all Mitchell Lewis & Staver customers.

For full list of prizes and contest rules, please visit any Mitchell's location.




- Monday, May 21, 2018


Typically, water storage tanks are positioned at an elevation above the community, letting the pressure, naturally generated through gravity, pressurize a community’s water system. This MLS Pressure Booster System however, enabled the flow of fresh water to residences positioned at an elevation above water storage tanks.

MLS Packaged Systems are the choice of project engineers throughout the Water Systems, Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial markets. Our Consult, Engineer and Build, three-phase strategy, produces the most-efficient, robust system for your specific application.

Project Specs:

Design Point: 50 GPM at 250’ TDH (108 PSI)

Components: 7.5HP Goulds 10SV6 Vertical Multistage Pump, 7.5HP Danfoss FC202 Variable Frequency Drive – NEMA12 Out-of-Box Design, 0-150 PSI Discharge Pressure Transducer for control, 316SS Sch40 Piping, Safe-T-Cover insulated, marine grade, aluminum enclosure with louvers, 1000W King utility heater, Flomatic butterfly and check valves, Amtrol 44 gallon Well-X-Trol hydropneumatic pressure tank, fabricated and powder-coated steel base with forklift pockets, lifting eyes, and bolt-down provisions.




- Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Spend $25,000 in new orders placed during the month of May and receive a custom Goulds YETI Tundra 35 Cooler!*

Spend $50,000 in new orders placed during the month of May and receive a TRAEGER Tailgater Pellet Grill!*

Text GOULDS to 555888 for official rules and to be entered to win a special, custom Goulds Traeger Pro 22 Grill with YOUR LOGO!

No purchase necessary to enter.

*One promotional gift per account (Yeti Cooler for orders totaling $25k-$49,999, Traeger Grill for orders totaling $50k and above).

Contact your local MLS representative today for additional details and full contest rules: 866-748-8077








MLS SOFT START Panels: Great Value, Highly-Efficient & In Stock!

- Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Protect the lifespan while maximizing the performance of your
motor and pump with a great, value-priced Soft Start from MLS.
75hp to 300hp in stock, up to 600hp available, 230V to 480V.

These Nema 4 and Nema 12 Soft Start panels are easily
configured to meet the requirements of a variety of
demanding applications from agricultural and municipal
pumps to manufacturing conveyors and mixers,
and many more.

The easy to read, four line, plain English graphical display
and three menu (Quick, Application Setup, and Main) format
inside provides configuration and programming ease and
effective systems feedback.

Contact your local MLS sales rep today for details: 866-748-8077

MLS Controls - Powering Forward a Zero Waste Solution

- Monday, March 05, 2018

On the road to achieving its goal of becoming a Zero Waste Nation, the island nation of Singapore is committed to promoting sustainable practices within its industrial sector.

West Salem Machinery (WSM), with over 67 years of experience across multiple industries, shredding, grinding, milling, and the mass volume screening of materials, was selected in 2017 to supply the urban waste reduction equipment for the 800 Super recycling company of Singapore. The WSM system grinds urban wood waste, reducing its particulate size to less than 75mm creating fuel for the system. Wood waste which would have typically been shipped off the island, becomes fuel for a boiler and produces energy, which in turn, is used by 800 Super to reduce operations costs. The WSM system consists of a Metso 1000 pre-shredder, a WSM Grinder, a Steinart metal separator, and auxiliary conveyors. Clean wood waste is produced, with consistent sizing, enhancing the performance of a power-generating, steam-driven turbine.

As an acknowledged industry leader in custom engineered electrical switchgear and automation controls for OEM in the “Bio Prep” field, MLS was once again chosen by WSM to develop system controls for 800 Super, Singapore. MLS provided the electrical switchgear for the entire system including a Danfoss MCD500 Reduced Voltage Soft Start for the grinder, and multiple Danfoss FC51 Variable Frequency Drives for proportional control of the conveyors feeding the boiler.

MLS also provided the automation equipment, including a Siemens programmable logic controller to monitor and control the Metso, West Salem Machinery, Steinart, and auxiliary conveyor systems, enabling a maximum production of 50 metric tons of fuel per hour.

As a trusted partner of WSM, MLS provided the engineering, manufacturing, programming, and startup support for the 800 Super “Bio Prep” system.

Mitchell Lewis Controls – engineered, efficient solutions for specific industrial applications. Contact one of our application engineers today at controls@mitchellewis.com.

Darin Malcolm

Industrial Controls Product Manager

Mitchell Lewis & Staver Co.

27120 SW 95th Avenue

Suite 3230

Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-570-1234 Office

503-704-5075 Cell


SAVE The Entire Month of March!

- Friday, March 02, 2018


See details on the flier from your MLS Rep: 866-748-8077


- Wednesday, February 21, 2018




See details on the flier from your MLS Rep: 866-748-8077


Expanded! The New MLS REWARDS for 2018

- Wednesday, February 14, 2018


If you are a member, you already know about our great selection of merchandise, events, trips and so much more! REWARDS is truly different...
we're unique... you can even create your own reward... choose something special. It's quick and easy to join, and just watch those points add up!
Contact your MLS Rep today for details.


Overall Plant Efficiency in Deep Well Turbine Pumps

- Monday, January 29, 2018


Peter M Albanese

Vertical Turbine Product Manager

Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Company


Determining overall plant efficiency (OPE) in deep well vertical turbine pumps (VTP’S) (often referred to as “wire to water” efficiency) is essential in our design process for VTP’s at MLS. The OPE determines what the end user will pay in dollars to run his pump. The higher this number is in efficiency percentage, the lower those payments will be.

Pumping plant field efficiency tests are conducted to determine the OPE of a system. This number will help an end user decide whether or not to repair or replace his current system. The power savings often enough will pay for a new system within a few years.

Let’s look at some basic terms we use:

Power can be measured both mechanically and electrically.

Mechanically, power is typically expressed as horsepower (HP). One HP is the power required to lift 33,000 lbs one foot in one minute or 550 lbs one foot in one second.

Electrical power is measured in watts

1000 watts = 1 kilowatt

1 kilowatt = 1.34 HP

1 HP = .746 Kilowatts

Pump HP = GPM x Total head (in feet) / 3960 x hydraulic eff

Pumps and motors, like all machines, cannot convert all of the power supplied to them as useful work.Losses occur from slippage, hydraulic and mechanical friction. These losses can be set to a minimum with proper design.

Efficiency = Power output / power input

Let’s simplify this –

Power is billed to the customer in kilowatt hours (KWH). KWH used is determined by the input HP to the system and read at the electrical meter. The more we can reduce the KWH required, the more efficient the system, ultimately reducing the operating cost to the end user.

OPE is determined by taking the hydraulic efficiency of the pump at its operating point X the electrical efficiency of the motor, minus the losses in the system.

Let’s look at an example –

If a pump is operating at 86% hydraulic efficiency and the motor is operating at 95% efficiency, the OPE will be .86 x .95 or .81% before we add in our losses. Losses typically will be 5-6 % in a properly designed system and even more in a poorly designed system.

A OPE is 75% is considered to be high.

If we picked a pump that was 80% efficient at our design point and used the same motor, our OPE would drop to 71% (still considered good) using the same criteria a above.

Let’s look at some numbers. A system that requires 2000 GPM @ 400 feet of head with 86% bowl efficiency will use 235 bowl HP. The same conditions with 80% hydraulic eff would require bowl 253 bowl HP. That’s 18 more HP to do the same job. 18 HP / .95% (motor eff) = 14.00 KW. At .14 cents a KWH, that’s $1.96 more per hour.If we run our pump 2100 hours per year, that’s over $4000.00 per year in additional operating costs. Over 10 years that’s 40Kplus in savings for a 6% increase in hydraulic efficiency!

Efficiency pays rewards.

Electric motor efficiencies have been set by the Department of Energy (DOE), but pump efficiencies have yet to be set. Our best way to improve OPE is by picking the highest efficiency pump we can, while still meeting our design criteria. Losses in turbine pumps consist of column friction losses and shaft and thrust bearing losses. Column friction losses increase the total head required. Thrust bearing and shaft HP losses increase the load to the motor.

While in the design process for a deep well pump, we look for several factors on the pump performance curve. Obviously, we want the highest efficiency at our operating point. We also want to pick a curve that puts our operating point 1-2 % to the right of the BEP (best efficiency point on the curve).We do this for two main reasons, as the water table declines and as the pump wears, the operating point moves to the left on the curve (towards shutoff).As this happens the pump efficiency actually increases and stays efficient longer as it moves toward BEP and beyond. In deep well pumps, we also look for the steepest curve that meets our other requirements (the highest shutoff head). By selecting the steepest curves, the capacity drops off slower as the pump wears and the water table drops.

We also need to insure our column size is correct and adequate for capacity and velocity while incurring the least amount of friction losses. The same with our line shaft, it must be able to handle the HP required and be suitable for our elongation requirements while keeping our additional shaft HP to a minimum.

As I stated, motor efficiencies have been regulated by the DOE (Dept of Energy), and now must meet the premium efficiency standards set. The DOE is also setting efficiency standards for pumps which will begin to take effect in 2020. The DOE is well aware that the higher the OPE’s we have, the less energy will be consumed and need to be produced. As responsible suppliers and designers, we need to make the best selections for our customers in regards to quality and overall plant efficiencies.A well designed pump system with the highest OPE is in the best interest of all and begins to pay dividends immediately.

I will be glad to answer any questions you may have. I encourage you to contact me.



MLS Opens in Rancho Cordova!

- Monday, December 04, 2017


We outgrew our Elk Grove facility and expanded our service in our new, mammoth 11,200 sq. ft.
Rancho Cordova location!  Swing by and check out our new facility and meet the MLS Pro staff.
Enhanced service, bigger inventory
We're open M-F, 8am to 5pm. Quick, efficient Will Calls and deliveries available.
MLS is a distributor for the brands you know and trust,including Goulds and Pentair products,
plus many more. Mitchell Lewis & Staver has been serving the West since 1882.
Mitchell Lewis & Staver
2751 Mercantile Drive, Suite 100
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

855-670-9895 Toll Free
530-671-7538 Main
916-714-8419 Fax

Chris Cowgill, Branch Manager

Randall Gwinn, Territory Sales Sales Manager
916-616-2910 cell





Mitchell Lewis & Watertec, cool as a cucumber

- Thursday, August 24, 2017

About 100 miles north of Montana, in the town of Medicine Hat, you’ll find Big Marble Farms, home of a 1.5 million square foot greenhouse, yes, 1.5 million. Even though Medicine Hat is in the heart of the Canadian Sunbelt, with 2000 hours of sun a year, it isn’t quite enough to hold off the Alberta Winter, so Big Marble took their operation indoors.

A green house that has 300,000 cucumber plants, along with 60,000 tomato vines needs quite a bit of high tech equipment to keep their crops happy and healthy. Cucumbers in particular like a very humid environment to flourish. Mitchell Lewis was contacted by one of our valued partners Watertec, out of British Columbia, to help design a system to meet the customer’s needs. Key parameters included system foot print, required water flow and pressure, initial cost, and energy efficiency. To create and maintain the essential level of humidity, the system would use fog nozzles to create a fine mist spray to fill the growing area. The customer’s previous system was falling apart, quite noisy and inefficient.

The packaged pump system from Mitchell Lewis was designed to be a “plug and play” skid that contained the maximum amount of equipment on one single base that only needed to be mounted, wired and plumbed to be operational. The packaged system contained a water storage tank, filtration down to 1 micron, fabricated SS headers, custom UL controls and of course pumps to supply the 50gpm @ 1000psi required. The custom header also included 5 actuated ball valves to open and close depending on which zone of the greenhouse needed misting. Powerful, highly-efficient pumps enable the system to support all 5 zones simultaneously using a single pump at reduced speed. The system provides built-in redundancy and increases energy cost savings.

With the ever-increasing demand for energy and water efficiencies, Mitchell Lewis & Staver and its network of valued partners stands ready to meet these challenges with the latest in technology, engineering expertise and good old fashion experience.



- Thursday, July 20, 2017


We're located close to Angel's Stadium, just off the I-57 at the Orangewood Exit. Swing by and check out our new facility and meet the MLS Pro staff. We're open M-F, 8am to 5pm. Quick, efficient Will Calls and deliveries available.

MLS is a distributor for the brands you know and trust, including Goulds and Pentair products, plus many more. Mitchell Lewis & Staver has been serving the irrigation community since 1882. 

Mitchell Lewis & Staver
634 N Eckhoff St
Orange, CA 92868

 888-329-7862 Toll Free
714-941-2274 Main
714-941-2275 Fax

Michelle McDonnell, Branch Manager


- Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Swing by and check out our new facility and meet the MLS Pro staff. We're open M-F, 8am to 5pm. Quick, efficient Will Calls and deliveries available.

MLS is a distributor for the brands you know and trust, including Goulds and Pentair products, plus many more. Mitchell Lewis & Staver has been serving the irrigation community since 1882.


Mitchell Lewis & Staver
4900 Osage Street, #700
Denver, CO 80221

888-232-2211 Toll Free
303-217-8722 Main
303-217-8723 Fax

Mike Pacheco, Branch Manager

Danny Powell, Territory Sales Manager

Jim Adams, Territory Sales Manager

MLS Summertime Scratchers ARE BACK!

- Thursday, June 15, 2017


This summer, MLS features a range of controls as qualifying product that will get you Scratchers!

Goulds and Pentair bring reliability and value to basic water system controls. Tried-and-true engineering and quality manufacturing assure years of service from these rugged, efficient, simple, Start/Stop controllers. Your knowledgeable MLS rep can match the right controller to your specific application, contact your salesperson for a complete run-down on these great products.

Don't miss the fun this summer playing MLS Summertime Scratchers!

Today's The Day!

- Thursday, May 25, 2017



Mitchell's is giving you unlimited chances to win prizes this June and July just for being a customer! Purchase any Goulds or Pentair brand pump, motor and control unit together on the same sales order and receive one (1) Summertime Scratcher. There is no limit to how many Scratchers you can earn and prizes you can win. Best part? Every card is a winner! Ask how to receive a Summertime Scratcher on your next order

Prizes include:

  • All-inclusive Alaska Fishing Trips
  • Traeger Grills
  • Yuneec Drones
  • Equinox Kayaks
  • Gerber Multi-tools
  • GoPro Hero Cams
  • Yeti Coolers
  • Fandango Movie Cards
  • Cabela's Gift Cards
  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Starbucks Gift Cards

The Summertime Scratcher sweepstakes runs from June 1st - July 31st 2017 and is open to all Mitchell Lewis & Staver customers within the United States.

For full list of prizes and contest rules, please visit any Mitchell's location.


Power of Partnership

- Friday, April 07, 2017

The Portland location of a national motel chain was having severe sewage issues. The equipment in their wet well was old, failing regularly, and causing the site manager a ton of problems. Additionally, the ever-changing waste stream was plugging the pumps, which in turn caused overflow conditions and on several occasions the need for a vac truck.

One of Mitchell Lewis & Staver’s longtime partners, Hillsboro Pump Service was contacted by the motel manager for much-needed help. Mitchell Lewis met with HPS for an on-site review. It was determined that the existing pumps were still a good choice for the required flow/head, but the liquid now contained many “non-pumpable” solids that needed to be addressed. To handle this, the team decided on the tried and true solids destroyer, the Landia Eradigator, a submersible chopper pump, that would also mix the wet well contents with its angled discharge nozzle.

The complete solution is put into action when the pump on float activates. The Eradigator runs for 1 min to chop and mix all wet well contents, it then shuts off, and the on-call, self-priming pump removes the liquid until the stop float is reached. MLS provided the UL control panel as well which required the use of a Danfoss VFD to convert the sites 1/230v power to 2/230v power to run the Eradigator. The MLS Control Panel provided some dry contacts, so the manager could have remote indication of any problems. While only in service for a short time at this point, the station has been trouble-free and the site manager is very appreciative of everyone’s efforts.

Stock Up Special

- Wednesday, November 30, 2016



NOW through the end of 2016,

2X & 3X Your REWARDS Points!


Purchase $10,000.+

Get DOUBLE the REWARDS points!

Purchase $25,000.+

Get TRIPLE the REWARDS points!


Valid on a single order placed between December 1-31, 2016. Bonus points will be awarded on paid invoices for accounts in good standing.

Must have a valid Mitchell’s Rewards account at time of order. Invoices may not be combined for the purposes of this promotion.

Limit one bonus point award per account.

Must ask for the “Stock Up Special” when placing your order over $10k for bonus points to be awarded.


An Inside Look: The MLS Controls Video

- Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A tour of a Mitchell Lewis & Staver electrical controls manufacturing facility. We discuss our capabilities in building custom panels with variable frequency drives (VFD), SCADA systems and packaged systems for a variety of applications.

MLS Midvale for Goulds pump products!

- Monday, November 07, 2016

MLS Midvale is now serving Utah with Goulds pumps and accessories!

A premiere, time-tested brand, Goulds is now available from MLS in Utah! MLS features a full suite of Goulds products, including water systems, irrigation, sump, sewage &effluent. Whatever your application, MLS & Goulds delivers.

Contact the MLS Midvale office at 800-733-6065 to get started purchasing Goulds products today!

Stahl Farms Calls in The Experts

- Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The uninterrupted flow of water for irrigation is a paramount concern for any farming operation. The vast and diverse Stahl Farms in Irrigon, Oregon relies on its custom-designed pump system to faithfully deliver Columbia River water to expansive fields, miles away. Unwelcome noises from two of the pumps had Herb Stahl reaching out to his irrigation specialist, Valmont NW., who in turn, contacted the irrigation system experts at Mitchell Lewis & Staver. Upon inspection, it was determined by MLS engineers, that the foreign noises were attributable to the pumps operating at too low of pressure, causing the pumps to operate off the end of their performance curves – resulting in unsettling noises. The trusted engineering experts at MLS bring decades of experience to their work – from custom irrigation system design to remote "house calls", MLS keeps it flowing!


MLS Stirring Things Up at Basic American Foods, Inc.

- Thursday, May 05, 2016


MLS and Polaris deploy jet ring power to save customer and competitor from costly downtime.

Moses Lake WA - Basic American Foods, a major processor of potatoes, was experiencing routine clogging, and inability to self-prime with their existing chopper pumps in their waste pit. The waste stream fluctuates between water with just a few skins and pieces, to large slugs of potato chunks, sticks and dirt. During these large influxes of solids the existing chopper pumps were unable to pull a suction lift, or chop such a high solids concentration at once. A solution was needed that could not only handle these solids, but also “stir the soup” to keep a uniform solids concentration, and stand up to the abrasive sand present in the waste stream.

Mitchell Lewis selected a 15hp, hard iron slurry pump from Polaris to do the job. This pump can handle solids concentrations up to 60%, is made of a high chrome metal for abrasion resistance and came equipped with an externally mounted jet ring to continuously mix the sump and keep the solids even dispersed throughout the water. The jet ring is fed from a separate water source and shoots high pressure water jets to break up large masses of solids.

We are pleased to note, that after two months after installation, the Polaris has been able to keep the self-priming pumps clog free and the system running 24/7.







MLS Rebuilds West Africa Water System

- Monday, April 11, 2016


With increasing demand for a reliable source of potable water, the government of Cameroon in 2015 embarked on an ambitious project to rebuild and replace their insufficient, aging colonial French water infrastructure. The robust, new system will deliver much-needed water to the capitol, Yaounde. Engineers at MLS have designed a powerful, scalable new system, which utilizes some of the existing built-ins, while delivering substantially more water volume to the central civic reservoir. Once completed, the new water system will feature a series of five Goulds vertical turbine pumps powered by US Motors, rated at 1250HP, delivering 6600 GPM @ 581 ft. This project will be completed later in 2016.