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Grundfos opens water tech innovation facility


September 29, 2011
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2011sep20_wtc-ribbon-cut_ndjSeptember 29, 2011, Fresno, CA — Grundfos Pumps unveiled its Water Technology Center, a new facility for promoting innovative water research and developing sustainable solutions, on Sept. 20 in Fresno, Calif.

September 29, 2011, Fresno, CA — Grundfos Pumps unveiled its Water
Technology Center, a new facility for promoting innovative water
research and developing sustainable solutions, on Sept. 20 in Fresno,
Calif.

Niels Due Jensen, Grundfos chairman and son of the company’s founder, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the center, which offers a space for government, academic institutions and start-ups to share and gather information on irrigation, water monitoring, wastewater treatment and other water technology.

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Ashley Swearengin, mayor of Fresno, applauded Grundfos’ investment in the city.

“Thanks to innovative companies such as Grundfos, Fresno sets the standard in water technology throughout the world,” Swearengin said. “With its new water technology center, Grundfos is further investing in commercializing new water technologies that can benefit our entire region.”

To promote innovation in the water industry, the center will also partner with groups like the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State University, Central Valley Business Incubator and companies like Climate Minder and Aquacue.

“Grundfos is the company I will work with into the future of protecting that resource,” said architect John Picard, an expert in building efficiency. He said Grundfos “gets it” when it comes to the future of water.

“Their vision and their commitment is what we need to sustain water in this world,” Picard said.

The center will offer research entities access to Grundfos resources, helping to catalyze solutions to water scarcity challenges. It will function as a hub for linking research with business development.

The ceremony also featured addresses from Water Technology Center head Henrik Skov Laursen, Central Valley Business Incubator CEO Kirk Nagamine and William Covino, provost of California State University, Fresno.

2011sep20_wtc-ribbon-cut_ndj 
From left: Grundfos Manufacturing Corporation president Heins Kart Pedersen, Minna Due Jensen, Grundfos Foundation chairman Niels Due Jensen, Fresno State University provost William Covino, Central Valley Business Incubator CEO Kirk Nagamine, andGrundfos Water Technology Center head
Henrik Skov Laursen.