Despite the challenges of the global economic downturn, Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos Pumps continued its commitment to the North American market with the grand opening of the brand new Peerless Engineered Systems (PES) building. The 45,000+ sq-ft facility was built outside Houston in Brookshire, Texas. The building shares land with Grundfos Commercial Building Services (formally PACO Pumps), and will be home to the PES division of Peerless Pump Company.
“With the acquisition of PACO Pumps in 2006,Peerless Pumps in 2007 and the most recent acquisition of Yeomans Chicago Corporation in 2008, we bought these businesses as a sign of our commitment to the North America market. Now, the Grundfos North American business has grown both organically and through these acquisitions, by a factor of three,” said Jes Munk Hansen, managing director of North America for Grundfos. “We also made a commitment to investing in the businesses we acquire: investments in people, machinery and the buildings. I am proud to see the most recent of these investments, this wonderful new building. I am pleased to stand here amongst you with the excellent examples of the highly engineered systems that are made here,” Hansen added in his comments to Grundfos and PES team members and assembled VIPs at the grand opening event.
The PES facility will continue its focus upon the design and manufacture of pre-packaged fire pump systems. “A near 50% gain in square footage will definitely aid in our growth ambitions,” said Arron Phillips, PES general manager. “Our proximity to the Grundfos facility will not only support with our integration activities but allow us to take full advantage of the synergy that exists within our products and our talented group of employees,” Phillips adds. “It says a great deal about Grundfos, Peerless and our people, that we can move a facility nearly 30 miles and retain virtually every employee. This is a very exciting time for all of us” said Andrew Warrington, President of Peerless.
The nearly $4 million facility will be home to 32 highly skilled workers including; engineers, machinists, welders and electrical professionals.
Grundfos is a global pumps and pumping systems leader serving the residential, commercial-building and process-industry markets, as well as being a major supplier to the water-supply and water-treatment industries. Founded in 1945 in Bjerringbro, Denmark, Grundfos employs more than 17,000 people throughout the world. Grundfos’ North American headquarters is located in Olathe, Kansas
For more information on Grundfos Pumps and PES, visit www.grundfos.us, and www.peerlesspump.com