Franklin Electric Company, Inc. Purchase of EBW, Inc., Muskegon, Michigan


Franklin Electric Company, Inc., Bluffton, Indiana
and Franklin Fueling Systems, Madison, Wisconsin


Franklin Electric Company, Inc. (FE) is the world's largest manufacturer of submersible electric motors and a leading producer of engineered specialty electric motor products and electronic controls used by original equipment manufacturers around the world for various residential, industrial and municipal applications. Franklin Fueling Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of FE.

In August 2000, FE purchased EBW, Inc. (EBW), a supplier of accessories for petroleum fueling systems. The EBW operations were all located in the metropolitan Muskegon, Michigan area. A portion of EBW's facilities had been occupied by a brass/magnesium foundry in operation since the 1930s. Releases from the former foundry operation resulted in soil contamination.


R&W's services commenced with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), asbestos survey and sampling, and a limited regulatory compliance audit. These tasks developed into a Phase II ESA consisting of multiple rounds of soil and groundwater sampling and analyses. These services were all performed before FE purchased EBW.

After FE purchased EBW, R&W performed an informal feasibility study, completed a remedial design, and provided construction management for the entire remediation. Selected remedial approaches included the following.

  • A soil vapor extraction-air sparging system (SVE-AS) was installed to reduce tetrachloroethene concentrations adjacent to and beneath a small building. After SVE-AS, R&W performed verification sampling to document the cleanup goals had been achieved.
  • Investigations were conducted to determine the extent and concentrations for PCB-affected soil. After receiving approval from U.S. EPA Region V, the soil with the highest PCB concentrations was excavated and place in a landfill in accordance with TSCA and Parts 115 and 201 of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Some soil was located beneath the manufacturing plant. R&W coordinated production demands for space, built structural modifications to allow nearby excavation, and observed the remedial contractors.
  • R&W also designed modifications for stormwater drainage and cap placement over soil affected by lead, lower chlorinated solvent concentrations and PCBs. Portions of the cap were designed to meet Toxic Substances Control Act requirements. The cap was specifically designed to eliminate the need to further remove contaminated soil and, thereby, minimized work's cost.

Project Schedule/Cost

The remedial design and site work were completed within approximately 18 months. The entire project cost was approximately $1.1 million, with R&W fees comprising approximately 12 percent.