Dave Crabtree pioneered municipal solutions for Service Pump & Supply.

Dave Crabtree: Finding Municipal Solutions

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In honor of our 40th anniversary, we’re sharing stories that celebrate the many things that make us proud to be part of the Service Pump & Supply team. From our customers to our employees… from the jobs we do to the communities where we work, live, and are proud to call home — we’re recognizing 40 things that make working at Service Pump great. 

Dave Crabtree isn’t the kind of guy to back down from a challenge. When he sets his mind to something, it’s guaranteed to get done. So, when he saw an opportunity for Service Pump & Supply to serve a larger segment of the community by providing municipal solutions, he made it happen. 

According to SPS founder Danny Vance, “Dave Crabtree was the municipal man. He came in one day and said, ‘Danny, I think I can go out and sell to the municipal market.’ “

Dave was a welder by trade. Not a salesman. But he had a “hankering to try.”

According to Vance, that was all it took. “And from there, Dave built our municipal business.”

Photo: Dave Crabtree, founder of SPS's municipal solutions division, poses in front of a Service Pump trade show booth circa 1985.
Dave Crabtree, a long-time member of the Service Pump family, helped launch our municipal solutions offerings.

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But it didn’t happen overnight. Before SPS began working with municipalities, Dave resolved to know everything he could about the best way to serve these customers. So, he studied water and wastewater management until he became an expert in these systems. 

“Dave always had a can-do attitude,” Danny Spears, Service Pump’s Vice President, said. “He was well liked by customers, vendors and fellow employees alike.”

Municipal Solutions 

Though Dave retired from SPS in 2014, his contributions to the company are ongoing. Because of his dedication and vision, Service Pump and Supply’s municipal service solutions have become an integral part of SPS’s business. Helping to provide clean water to our region, manage wastewater, and mitigate the effects of stormwater is at the heart of everything we do. Our team stands ready 24/7 to help the hardworking men and women who keep the water running in their communities. 


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