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OLATHE, Kan. — An international leader in high-efficiency water technology, Grundfos has secured a five-year extension on its facility in Olathe, Kan., which serves as headquarters for the company’s U.S. sales force.The extension will give the company, a manufacturer that employs more than 250 people in the Kansas City area, the time it needs to develop and implement plans to build a more permanent space in Johnson County."This extension further strengthens our long-term commitment to the Kansas City area," said Dennis Wierzbicki, president of Grundfos USA. "Grundfos established a presence in the U.S. 40 years ago and, since then, the American market has become absolutely crucial to our global business."Grundfos Kansas City was ranked one of the "Top 100 Privately Held Companies in Kansas City" by Ingram’s Magazine in 2013. In 2012, the magazine also honored the facility as a "Best Company to Work for in Kansas City" for its unique workplace culture.This year, Grundfos celebrates its 40th anniversary in the U.S. with the Kansas City Walk for Water, a philanthropic event that funds safe water systems in the developing world. The Walk will take place Sept. 18 at Kauffman Stadium, where the company recently installed 18 state-of-the-art pumps that together save the Royals a significant amount of energy each year. Grundfos was named the "Official Pump and Pump Systems Provider for the Kansas City Royals" in 2012.In addition to sales, Grundfos Kansas City is home to a number of functional departments, including human resources, information systems, credit and finance, customer service, product management, marketing, customer and employee training, and Grundfos’ North American headquarters for research and development.For more information and an image, visit our online media room: http://us.grundfos.com/about-us/news-and-press/press/grundfos-extends-lease-on-olathe-facility.htmlABOUT GRUNDFOSWith 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 18,000 employees. In 2012, Grundfos reported net revenues totaling $4 billion.This year, the company celebrates its 40th anniversary in the United States. 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 maintains operations, sales and service facilities in Olathe, Kan.; Allentown, Pa.; Fresno, Calif.; Brookshire, Texas; Aurora, Ill.; and Indianapolis. 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.High on the company’s corporate agenda is an active commitment to improving the environment. Grundfos contributes to global sustainability by pioneering technologies that improve quality of life for people and care for the planet. For more information, visit http://www.grundfos.us, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.