The first two phases of the expansion were approved in 2013 in response to growing market demand for larger equipment. Since then, the Grovetown facility has completed upgrades, added tens of thousands of square feet to its foundry, increased furnace capacity, completed construction on a distribution centre, and won approval for three additional phases of improvement.
With the completion of the project, KSB has quadrupled its capacity to mold castings over 20,000 lbs (9000 kg), increased its maximum pouring output by up to 66,000 lbs (30,000 kg), reduced the number of required shot blast runs by 50%, added special cleaning stations for large castings, implemented new technology and efficiency solutions, and doubled employee locker room facilities.
KSB went ahead with the project’s completion, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
“Our customers in the mining industry are doing essential work to keep the economy afloat. KSB is more committed than ever to providing our partners with an uninterrupted supply of pumps and parts. Completing this expansion improves our ability to serve our customers, and we’ll stop at nothing to support the success of our clients’ operations,” says Wolfgang Demmler, president of KSB Mining.
In 2020, the KSB Group launched KSB Mining, a new market-driven organization providing expertise on centrifugal pumps to mining operations.
The expanded facilities in Grovetown serve as the headquarters of GIW Slurry Pumps.
GIW currently employs over 600 people at its Grovetown facility.