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Grundfos partners with Mohawk College in Ontario to enhance training capabilities of apprenticeship program

April 30, 2013
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

STONEY CREEK, Ontario —Grundfos announced on April 15 that Mohawk College is the first institution in Ontario to be chosen for the Grundfos Technical School Initiative, a program designed to invest resources in apprenticeship schools across Canada.

One of the largest trainers of apprentices in Ontario, Mohawk College will receive $25,000 over five years from Grundfos, a global pump manufacturer with Canadian headquarters in Oakville. The funding will be used to buy equipment, establish an annual bursary and supply educational material to apprentices in Mohawk’s plumbing program at the college’s skilled trades campus in Stoney Creek. The grant also includes a $500 award to support the tuition of a student designated by the college.

“An educated student body is the key to our continued success in Canada,” said Simon Feddema, President of Grundfos Canada. “We chose Mohawk College for our initiative because of its dedication to the study of engineering and trade practices that complement our product line.”

To further support the program, Grundfos will supply Mohawk with literature, sample products and a discounted rate on additional products. The company will also offer the expertise of its employees, who will give lectures to classes on pump theory.

“Strong industry partnerships help Mohawk deliver quality training to our apprentices,” said Mohawk College Vice President Academic Cheryl Jensen. “Mohawk is honored to be the first college in Ontario to be selected for the Grundfos Technical School Initiative.”

Grundfos launched the Technical School Initiative in 2011 with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. As the company begins to implement the program on a wider scale, the goal remains to help trade institutions to produce a more informed, highly trained workforce.

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With an annual production of more than 16 million pumps, Grundfos is a global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology. The company specializes in circulator pumps for heating and air conditioning as well as centrifugal pumps for industrial applications, water supply, sewage and dosing. Grundfos also manufactures standard and submersible motors and 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. In North America, Grundfos employs more than 1,600 people 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 or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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