Growth of the facility allows Grundfos to expand local assembly operations of commercial and industrial product, service and distribution through Eastern United States and Canada. The company headquartered in Denmark with North American operations based in Olathe, Kan., also has increased training activities in Allentown for partners on the East Coast.
During the grand-opening event, manufacturer reps, OEM partners, and commercial engineering, contractors and wholesale distributor visitors learned about the expansion and how it now enables Grundfos to improve its outreach among customers in the Northeast. They received facility tours, saw assembly and test facility operations, and also spent time at multiple product stations within Grundfos' new mobile product laboratory with a wide variety of working pump displays.
According to John Petrella, Allentown facility operations manager, the facility’s current staff of 25 will grow. “We plan to add between eight and 13 jobs here within the next 12 months. And we expect that, as we take on new assembly operations, we will add five new jobs each year after that.”
Grundfos began operations in Allentown in 1988. A decade later, the company began to assemble product in Allentown. This most recent expansion to the facility avails more floor space for service work, product assembly and the storage of up to $18 million in equipment inventory.