Gorman-Rupp invests in Europe

In Ireland, Patterson Pump Ireland Ltd has moved into its new production, test and administrative facilities in Mullingar. The new 40 000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility will provide for better integration of Patterson Ireland’s operations with its US-based parent Patterson Pump Co. Patterson Ireland’s former leased facilities had been expanded several times to 20 000 sq ft over the last 10 years to fill the site’s available space.

Jeffrey Gorman, president and CEO of The Gorman-Rupp Co, said that “it has been very gratifying to watch Patterson Pump’s Ireland-based company grow over its relatively short life. Our Patterson Ireland team has met the challenge of expanding our core fire protection sales growth outside of the USA with great success.”

Meanwhile, Gorman-Rupp Europe BV (G-R Europe) has consolidated its operating facilities into a new larger facility in the Netherlands. Formerly based in two smaller locations in the north and south, G-R Europe has expanded into a larger single facility in Culemborg, southeast of Amsterdam. This consolidation provides G-R Europe with improved logistical capabilities including more efficient access to Rotterdam’s port facilities for receipt of pumps principally supplied from Gorman-Rupp Pumps Group facilities headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio.

Mark Kreinbihl, Gorman-Rupp Pumps Group president, said that he and John Peters, managing director of G-R Europe “are pleased to reposition but retain Gorman-Rupp’s European base operations in the Netherlands to improve its operating and distribution efficiencies and customer service capabilities throughout its service areas.”

G-R Europe has also reached an agreement in principal to acquire Hydro+ SA and Hydro+ Rental SPRL based near Namur, Belgium. Hydro+ has been Gorman-Rupp’s Belgian pump and pump systems distributor since 1998. The two Hydro companies have combined annual revenues of approximately US$4 million.