Hundreds of Grundfos Indianapolis employees and partners joined community leaders in celebrating two milestone anniversaries – 40 years of Grundfos operations in the U.S. and the 90th anniversary of our Peerless Pump brand.
The employees and guests gathered outside the newly branded facility to hear speeches from Jes Munk Hansen, president of Grundfos North America, and representatives from the offices of Governor Mike Pence and Mayor Greg Ballard.
“It is thanks to our employees’ relentless ambition that Grundfos has been able to achieve such immense success in the United States for the past 40 years,” Hansen said.
Deputy Mayor Deron Kintner read a formal proclamation from the mayor, which declared June 20, 2014 “Grundfos/Peerless Pump Day” in the City of Indianapolis. Employees said they were proud to receive such recognition from the mayor’s office.
“Our politicians and special guests seemed to really enjoy our enthusiasm,” said Teresa Dauenhauer, accounts payable manager.
The milestones were commemorated with the unveiling of a new welcome center for the facility, which featured a gallery of Grundfos and Peerless brand products, as well as a beautiful yet low-energy water display and a historic photo mural.
“I don’t get to see many pumps because I work in accounting, so I found the pump display to be very informative and educational,” Dauenhauer said. “The shop employees were eager to tell me about the products and I could see pride in their eyes.”
The photo mural gathered a crowd interested in learning about the facility’s history throughout the decades, from World War II to the present day.
“The new welcome center is elegant and refreshing,” said Angie McIntosh, shipping supervisor. “I am very pleased in regards to the investments towards the facility. It proves to me that Grundfos intends to stay here in Indianapolis.”
McIntosh has worked at the facility for 22 years and mentioned that she appreciated how Grundfos includes all of its employees when celebrating major accomplishments.
Dauenhauer’s comments reflected McIntosh’s sentiments.
“It felt like we, as employees, were being treated as VIPs as well,” she said.
Fred Bock, vice president of Marketing and Branding, said honoring the employees was one of the major goals of the day.
“The anniversary event was really a celebration for the employees,” Bock said. “For them to see some of the results of their hard work in the new welcome center made it even more special.”
After the speeches and ribbon cutting of the welcome center, employees enjoyed a barbecue lunch in front of the facility and received Grundfos-branded T-shirts that celebrated the 40th anniversary. They enjoyed mingling with other employees whom they don’t see on a day-to-day basis as well as with customers and partners.
“More than one person commented on the investments made in the Indianapolis facility and the promise of future investments,” McIntosh said. “I walked away with a real sense of pride.”
John Thompson, chairman of the board for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, attended the event as a guest and commented on the enjoyable event.
“Grundfos is a great company with great people,” Thompson said.