Western Pump

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Western Pump was a San Jose-based pump and turbine manufacturer. The company was also known as the Bradford Manufacturing Company[1] The company apparently produced pumps for agricultural and industrial purposes; the Libby, McNeil, and Libby cannery in Sacramento used the company's pump for their water supply[2].

The company also drilled wells, and won the contract for the Moffett Field in 1932[3].

According to patents, the company was in existence as late as the 1960's[4].

Taylor Bradford, owner of the company in the 1960's, was considered part of San Jose's power structure, and was a member of the influential University Club[5].


Location Years Address Details
San Jose 522 West Santa Clara St.


  1. Advertisement: August 16, 1930 San Jose Evening News.
  2. C.W. Geiger, "Libby, McNeil, and Libby's Sacramento Cannery". In January 1921 Canning Age. Article includes plan of factory site and location of different buildings and railroad sidings.
  3. March 5, 1932 San Jose Evening News.
  4. Patent 3369493: Deep well pump with plastic liner for line shaft. Inventor: Eugene F. Sullivan, filed Aug. 8, 1966, assigned to Western Pump.
  5. Scott Herhold, "A Snapshot of San Jose's mid-60's Power Structure. In May 8, 2014 San Jose Mercury News.