Grundfos Joins Water Research & Business Accelerator Center

The Milwaukee Water Council today announced that the global pump company Grundfos will become an initial tenant of the Water Research & Business Accelerator Center at 223 W. Pittsburgh.  Grundfos, leasing space on the Milwaukee Water Council’s Executive Suite Floor, will use the space to foster relationships with other industry leaders.

“Partnerships are essential to advancing innovation in the water industry,” said Jay Stellmacher, National Sales Manager at Grundfos North America. “The Water Research & Business Accelerator Center provides Grundfos with yet another opportunity to collaborate with other key players, hastening the development of water technologies that contribute to a more sustainable infrastructure.”

Expected to open in early 2013, the Water Research & Business Accelerator Center will house water-related research activities for universities, existing water-related companies, the Water Council, and companies promoting business development and accelerator space for new, emerging water-related companies.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to see another international water technology company expanding its presence here in Milwaukee” said Dean Amhaus, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Water Council.  “The expertise that Grundfos brings to the table will only increase the already dynamic synergies within the Accelerator Center and Milwaukee’s global water technology cluster.”

The 106-year old structure, a 98,000 square foot former warehouse, is adjacent to the Reed Street Yards, which the City of Milwaukee has designated as a water technology research park.  The building’s redevelopment is considered a catalytic project for the Reed Street Yards Tax Incremental District, setting the stage for the City of Milwaukee to move forward with the infrastructure improvements to establish the water technology research park—and the Milwaukee region—as a global showcase for water management.

The new water research and business accelerator building is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States and one of only a handful in the world. Other initial tenants include A. O. Smith Corp., Badger Meter, Milwaukee Water Council and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The building is being developed by HKS Holdings, LLC and is owned by private investors.  The project is being supported by the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation and through a $750,000 investment by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). It will also be partially financed through a combination of New Market Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits.

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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