Grundfos, a global leader in advanced pump technology, recently opened its North American head- quarters in the Chicago area, a region that is quickly emerging as an important hub for the water industry.
The $4 billion, Denmark-based company chose Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago, for its proximity to the resurgent manufacturing sector surrounding the Great Lakes and its open political cli- mate promoting advancements in water infrastructure and sustrainability.
For example, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has laid out an ambitious vision for the future that includes improving energy efficiency by 5 percent and decreasing water use by 2 percent citywide.
Meanwhile, the state of Illinois has shown commitment to water infrastructure though the $1 billion Clean Water Initiative, a plan to invest in modern infra- structure upgrades that will guarantee the safety of drinking water, decrease energy costs and create jobs across the state.
“From our new headquarters in the Chicago area, we anticipate playing a major role in the further development of critical water initiatives in the state and around the country,” said Dun- can Cooper, president and CEO of Grundfos North America.
Through its new presence in Chicagoland, the company is poised to more prominently contribute to political dialogue in the state and throughout the U.S., strongly advocating for the important role of technology in maintaining and improving the country’s aging infrastructure.
Grundfos also has a manufacturing and warehouse facility in Aurora, Ill., that is devoted exclusively to the production, servicing and distribution of pumps and other equipment for the municipal wastewater treatment market throughout North America and beyond.
Along with infrastructure modernization, sustainability is also a major priority for Grundfos. In addition to manufacturing energy- and water-efficient pumping solutions, the company is committed to reducing its own impact on the environment. Its new headquarters is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver for Commercial Interiors, the recognized system for certifying high-performance green tenant spaces.
The office also showcases the company’s character through a galleria of Grundfos products, a mural of an early manufacturing facility and a water wall powered by a Grundfos smart pump and controlled by a Grundfos GO, an app for iPhone and Android devices.
In addition to housing a number of permanent employees, the headquarters will also serve as a meeting place for Grundfos personnel and partners from throughout the region.