Downers Grover, IL - Grundfos, the global leader in advance pump solutions, has appointed Dieter Sauer as president and general manager of its Water Utility business, which is headquartered in Aurora, Ill. In this position, Sauer will oversee and direct all operations in Grundfos’ Water Utility division including the company’s newly opened service center.
Duncan Cooper, regional managing director for Grundfos North America, said “Dieter brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industrial, wastewater and municipal water management sector. His strong leadership skills and his significant achievements in both sales and production areas complement our existing strategies and plans."
Sauer has over 20 years of pump experience and most recently served as president of Pulsafeeder Inc., a manufacturer of chemical metering pumps for municipal water and wastewater, oil and gas and industrial markets where he led strategic and operating planning processes for sales, marketing, R&D, operations, finance, human resources, quality control and administrative affairs.
“I look forward to working with our team in Aurora to achieve our ambitious goal of doubling regional revenues to $1 billion,” Sauer said. “We will continue to expand our business and support our partners through innovative techniques and service.”
Grundfos’ operations in Aurora include office, warehouse and manufacturing facilities devoted exclusively to product development, factory production, and servicing and distribution of pumps and other equipment for the municipal wastewater treatment market throughout North America and beyond. Grundfos opened a new Service Center in November 2013 which provides consultative assistance to customers throughout a product’s lifecycle and includes guidance on product selection, delivery and installation, service during the operational cycle and end-of-life replacement.
Formerly Yeomans Chicago Corporation (YCC), the company was acquired by Grundfos North America in December 2008. YCC itself consisted of a collection of venerable, Chicago-based pump companies whose roots go back a century or more that include Morris Pumps (founded in 1864), Yeomans Pumps (1898) and Chicago Pump (1909).
Sauer graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., with a bachelor of science in Business Administration. He will relocate to the Chicagoland area with his wife and their children.
With an annual production of more than 16 million pumps, Grundfos is the global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology, specializing in circulator pumps for heating and air conditioning as well as centrifugal pumps for industrial applications, fire protection, water supply, wastewater and water treatment. In addition to pumps, Grundfos produces standard and submersible motors as well as state-of-the-art electronics for monitoring and controlling pumps. Since its inception in 1945, the company has flourished from one small factory in Bjerringbro, Denmark to a global corporation comprising more than 80 companies and over 18,500 employees. In 2013, Grundfos reported net revenues totaling $4 billion.
In North America, Grundfos employs more than 1,600 people – 1,300 in the U.S. alone – and is continually expanding its regional expertise. Grundfos North America is headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. The company maintains operations, sales and service facilities in Olathe, Kan.; Allentown, Pa.; Fresno, Calif.; Brookshire, Texas; Aurora, Ill.; Indianapolis; San Francisco; Seattle; and Portland, Ore. In Canada, Grundfos has a sales facility in Oakville, Ontario, and in Mexico, the company operates a manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí and sales offices in Monterrey and Mexico City.
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