The Gorman-Rupp Company Spends Millions Expanding European Operations
The Gorman-Rupp Co., an international pump manufacturer, has invested more than $10 million expanding its European operations in Ireland and the Netherlands, in addition to a planned acquisition in Belgium.
Patterson Pump Ireland Ltd., a branch of Gorman-Rupp, has recently moved into its new facilities in Mullingar. The new 40,000 square foot facility will be used for production, testing, and administrative duties. It will provide better integration of Patterson’s operations in relation to its US-based parent company. Over the last 10 years, Patterson Pump Ireland Ltd.’s leased facilities have expanded in order to fill the site’s available space.
Jeffrey Gorman, president and CEO of The Gorman-Rupp Co., says, “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.”
In addition, Gorman-Rupp Europe BV (G-R Europe) has consolidated all of its operating facilities into a larger facility in the Netherlands. The facilities were located in two smaller locations in the north and south, but the pump manufacturer has consolidated its operations into a new facility in Culemborg, which is southeast of Amsterdam. The consolidation offers improved logistical capabilities that include efficient access to Rotterdam’s port facilities so the receipt of pumps from the Mansfield, Ohio location is easy.
“We 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,” says Mark Kreinbihl, Gorman-Rupp Pumps Group president with John Peters, managing director of G-R Europe.
G-R Europe will also acquire Hydro+ SA and Hydro+ Rental SPRL, which are located in Belgium, because they have been pump and pump systems distributors since 1998 for Gorman-Rupp.