"It's really truly a landmark for Darley company's pump division," said Jeff Darley, the Chief Operating Officer for W.S. Darley & Co.
W.S. Darley & Co. has just landed some big business from the U.S. Marine Corps. The company will make 1,500 fuel and water pumps, a deal worth $85 million dollars over five years. Their largest single order.
"So it's a very nice order and we're very excited about it," Darley said.
The 4,000 pound pumps are used to move water or fuel to troops.
"This is where the water will enter from a tank or pumping unit," said Shane Sullivan, a Design Engineer.
From there is moves through the system and can pump out 600 gallons per minute.
"This will get hooked up to discharge hoses," Sullivan said about the machine.
Sullivan helped with the project and spent a lot of time making things work.
The engineer team worked on this together for about a year," he said.
With production set to begin next year, Darley says they will add five to ten new jobs. Good news for both the company and Chippewa Falls.
"We've seen some more stability in the state and I think that is showing with our manufacturers," said Mike Jordan, President of the Chippewa Falls Chamber.
Jordan says he is noticing what he says are "improving trends" in hiring, with the focus today being on smaller numbers.
"What the key to growth and survival at this point is to add 5, 10, 20 jobs here there and those numbers add up quick," he said.
Meanwhile Darley is happy he can serve both a customer and his country at the same time.
"This is one more step forward to serving our troops that protect our country," Darley added.