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Longo President receives the William P. Huber Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.

Governors Island is steadily becoming one of the most popular family outing destinations in New York City, thanks to all that it has to offer: walking and biking trails, art installations, music festivals, playgrounds, breathtaking views and so much more. But for us at Longo, the biggest thrill lies in the complex, yet utterly fascinating, inner workings of the island’s most infamous mode of transportation: the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen Ferry.

The 860-ton ferry has been in regular use since 1956 and started out as a newspaper and vehicle ferry. Today, it shuttles thousands of visitors to and from the island every weekend during the summer months. It has a capacity of more than 1,200 passengers and can even transport up to 50 vehicles at a time.

Earlier this year, the vessel was in need of some major maintenance, and HMS Global Maritime – the marine operations company that manages the ferry – enlisted Longo to perform those repairs.

Our technicians were called upon to assist in the removal, installation and alignment of two of the ferry’s generators and DC motors. First, we checked the alignment onboard the vessel. From there, we oversaw the removal of the motors and generators and then transported them to our service center, where we repaired and rebuilt the units. Once we got them back in working order, we transported them back to the boat and supervised their re-installation. We re-checked and corrected the alignments after installation and then tested and cleaned the units as part of the final, at-sea assessment phase.

HMS Global chose Longo because of our technicians’ extensive skills and experience in the maritime arena. We also possess the required safety training, certifications and insurance to work on all types of ocean vessels.

150 Year Old Pump
Civil War Relic

Longo has been called in to remove/repair/replace some very large motors and pumps and some that have been around far too long. When we saw this one we knew it was something special. The pump you see here is a Worthington pump circa 1870. Yes, that is service since the end of the Civil War, for 150 years!

We are always willing to try to repair a pump, but sometimes it just isn't really feasible. And that applies to pumps a lot younger than this one. It is interesting that the pump here was able to function all these years. You might say it gave its all and now it is done.

Being in place that long means things get a bit organic, becoming one after a while. The application of rust remover is not the answer for a pump this old. The torch work shown here was necessary since the bolts holding the pump in place had rusted into one solid mass.

Covering the Delaware Valley

Longo's commitment to the Philadelphia market is stronger than ever with the addition of John LaTorre as the Longo Field Sales Representative for the region.

We're proud to have John as an integral part of our sales team. His experience as a sales engineer ranges from power transmission to facilities management. With John's multifaceted background he is well versed in diagnosing and ultimately solving our customers' problems. Having been on both sides of the customer supplier fence, he appreciates a sense of urgency and takes care of problems quickly and efficiently. He has a bachelor's degree from Villanova and a master's degree from Webster University as well as an early career in the Marines.

John LaTorre can be reached at 215-499-8120 or