Denmark-based water pump manufacturer Grundfos began construction on its new North American headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois. The firm already employs about 100 people at its Aurora, Illinois, location. Its new headquarters will add an additional 40 jobs over the next several years.
The company specializes in manufacturing circulator pumps for heating and air conditioning, as well as centrifugal pumps for industrial applications, water supply, sewage and dosing. Grundfos also manufactures standard and submersible motors and state-of-the-art electronics for monitoring and controlling pumps.
Grundfos is pursuing LEED certification at its new 10,871 square-foot facility, which will utilize Energy Star-rated equipment and the latest technology in lighting and controls, as well as sustainable building materials for the office’s furniture, flooring and fixtures.
“The Chicago area is emerging as an important hub for the water industry, and is one of the reasons why we’re establishing our North American headquarters here,”said Jes Munk Hansen, Grundfos North America president. “The State of Illinois has shown commitment to water infrastructure, most recently through a $1 billion initiative to upgrade water infrastructure across the state, and we anticipate playing a major role in the further development of critical water initiatives in the state and around the country.”
“I am pleased that Grundfos has chosen Illinois as the location for their North American headquarters,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “Illinois continues to be one of the best places to do business in the world. My Clean Water Initiative has made Illinois a hub for water technology and even more attractive for international business.