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Another major European manufacturer locates

Added: (Thu Apr 12 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - A Denmark-based company has relocated its North American headquarters from California to Olathe, Kansas.

Grundfos Inc., a division of Grundfos, Denmark and a world leader in the manufacturing of sophisticated, high-tech pumps used in office, industrial, agricultural and residential building projects, has decided to relocate its North American headquarters and operations centre to Kansas.

The company has leased space in a technology park in Olathe, a community of 89,000 located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. There will be an initial capital investment of $4 million and over 100 new staff employed at an average annual salary of $78,000.

“When looking to relocate, Grundfos considered numerous locations,” explained Victor Lukic, president and CEO of Grundfos Pumps Corp. “What impressed us was the level of commitment that the team in Kansas demonstrated. They used an approach similar to that of a business partner rather than a typical government organisation, which made it easier to decide in favour of Kansas.”

The headquarters relocation is the first phase of a two-phase project. Within three years, Grundfos will investigate the possibility of building its own facilities in the area.

“We are pleased to welcome this international company to our Kansas business community,” said Lieutenant Governor, Gary Sherrer. “The relocation of Grundfos’ North American headquarters to Kansas will bring a world-class company and high-quality jobs to the state. It is especially gratifying that our workforce training program played a significant role in meeting the company’s needs for this project.”

Kansas offers incoming companies an attractive range of support services and financial incentives. European companies interested in a Kansas location can contact the Kansas European Office in the UK for further information, on 01372 363386.

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Issued by Prowse & Co, European Marketing Representatives for the State of Kansas. Contact: David Bowden-Smith, email: david@prowse.co.uk Tel: 01372 363386.
News release is available online at www.prowse.co.uk/newsf.html

12 April 2001

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