The nearly 80-year-old Danish company began US operations in 1973 and now has 13 offices and manufacturing facilities and employs nearly 1700 employees.
“Grundfos began with the extraordinary vision of Poul Due Jensen, who sought to meet the needs of his first client and then made his life’s work to create solutions to his clients’ water pump needs,” said Ansell Sims, president of Grundfos US. “Celebrating 50 years in the US, we carry forward this legacy, always pushing the envelope in terms of innovation, sustainability, and efficiency. A heartfelt congratulations to the entire Grundfos family!”
In 1944, founder Poul Due Jensen began Grundfos out of his basement in Denmark. The company quickly expanded across Europe and other countries with the goal of opening sales and production operations in the US. In 1973, Einar Cook, a Danish-American from Fresno, California, imported a few pumps to sell in his farm equipment dealership and the US business was born.
Over the next 40 years, the company opened offices in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Kansas, and expanded the Fresno, California office. In 2006, Grundfos began a transformative time of growth by acquiring marquee brands including Paco, Peerless and Yeomans. From there, Grundfos opened its PES facility in Brookshire, Texas, in 2009 and a water technology center in Fresno in 2011. The following year, Grundfos established the US headquarters in Chicago and launched the water conservation project in Fresno.
In 2022, Grundfos relocated its US headquarters to a newly built, first-of-its-kind, environmentally sustainable building in Brookshire, Texas. The 45,000 sq ft facility is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified v4 Platinum new construction in Texas, according to the Green Building Information Gateway. The building uses zero fossil fuels, harvests, and stores 873,183 gallons of rainwater annually and provides 62% total energy cost savings compared to a typical commercial building.
“To Grundfos every drop of water symbolizes a promise for a better future,” said Poul Due Jensen, CEO of Grundfos and grandson of the founder, “Each day, we’re driven by a commitment to making a positive difference for our customers and communities by addressing the globe’s most critical water and climate concerns with groundbreaking, energy-efficient solutions.”