The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center, in collaboration with the...
The facility is devoted to the production, service and distribution of wastewater technology
Illinois state Reps. Stephanie Kifowit, Tom Morrison and Ron Sandack visited Grundfos’ campus in Aurora, Ill., to tour the global pump manufacturer’s Water Utility Center, a warehouse and manufacturing facility devoted to the production, service and distribution of technology for the municipal wastewater market.
Established in March 2012, the center assembles a fully integrated team of professional experts in the municipal wastewater industry whose specialized skills include engineering, manufacturing, product sales and service, distribution, regulatory issues and equipment testing.
Grundfos’ Aurora campus, which employs about 80 people, was formerly the site of Yeomans Chicago Corp., a pump manufacturer acquired in 2008. Through the acquisition, Grundfos gained the regional expertise of a company with roots that go back more than a century in the Chicago area.
"Grundfos is a local example of how Illinois can create permanent local jobs through a unique market, which is in modernizing our water infrastructure in Illinois," Kifowit said.
The state of Illinois has shown commitment to water infrastructure, most recently through a $1 billion Clean Water Initiative to upgrade water infrastructure across the state.
"As a member of both International Trade and Economic Development, I am encouraged to see companies such as Grundfos choose Illinois for their North American headquarters," Sandack said.
As an emerging and increasingly vital hub for the water industry, Illinois represents a major investment priority for the company. The area is at the center of the resurgent manufacturing sector surrounding the Great Lakes and has emerged as global leader in infrastructure modernization and sustainability.
In spite of the progress made by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative, however, there remains work to be done. Illinois infrastructure received a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. According to the study, Illinois infrastructure will require $15 billion in drinking water needs and $17.5 billion in wastewater needs over the next two decades.