Pump and motor manufacturer Grundfos and its primary owner, the Grundfos Foundation, together have donated $65,000 to the American Red Cross of Central California–Central Valley Chapter in response to the recent wildfires that continue to have a devastating impact on communities in central California.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by these wildfires, some of whom must now start over,” says Grundfos Plant Director Antonio Rodrigues. “This hits close to home, because it is our home. We want to help the community — our neighbors, friends and partners — who are affected by this disaster.”

Grundfos employs more than 290 employees at its manufacturing plant in Fresno, California. At the facility, the company manufactures pumps that serve customers in groundwater and irrigation, domestic heating and hot water recirculation, commercial HVAC and plumbing, and industrial applications. To support production, the Fresno office also houses engineering, supply chain, finance, service and IT.

The company entered the U.S. market in 1973 after its founder Poul Due Jensen discovered a growing market for pumps in California, especially for farms and vineyards.

On Oct. 19, the board of directors of the Grundfos Foundation awarded $50,000 to the American Red Cross of Central California–Central Valley Chapter. Grundfos Americas followed up with a $15,000 donation to the chapter.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims of the wildfires. It is, however, heartwarming to see our colleagues in the U.S. exercising this level of compassion toward their fellow citizens. That is why we are also proud to support the Red Cross,” says Kim Nøhr Skibsted, executive director of the Grundfos Foundation.

As part of the local rebuilding efforts, Grundfos is creating a program that will provide a significant discount for a selection of its pump products to those that have lost water service due to the wildfires.

“Grundfos is committed to supporting the relief efforts for those who are being displaced or have lost homes, as well as those who are trying to save people, homes and property,” says Dieter Sauer, Grundfos Americas regional managing director. “We hope our donations encourage others to join in assisting those who have been affected.”

Grundfos is a manufacturer of pump solutions and water technology, including pumps, standard and submersible motors, and electronics for monitoring and controlling pumps. Since its inception in 1945, the company has grown from one factory in Denmark to a global corporation comprising more than 80 companies and over 18,800 employees. For more information, visit www.grundfos.us.