Dallas-based Flowserve Corporation opened a new pump manufacturing plant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, replacing an operation that had been in operation there 70 years. The earlier plant, opened in 1941, will be phased out over the course of this year, as more than 350 employees relocate to the new site.
The supplier of industrial pumps, seals and valve products and services for infrastructure markets worldwide will use the new locations to supply customers across Latin America. The cost of the new investment was not announced.
Flowserve is an integrated manufacturer of fluid motion and control products, including engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves, as well as a range of related flow-management services.
"We are proud of this new facility and believe it sends a positive message to the marketplace and our customers that Flowserve is committed to Brazil and the entire Latin America region," stated president and CEO Mark Blinn. "When fully operational, the plant will expand our ability to continue providing the outstanding, localized service that our customers demand."
Flowserve said the new plant would manufacture a range of its pump products, as well as offer 6-MW test stand capacity, and parts, service and training services.
The 15,000-sq.m. is on a 44,000-sq.m. site, suggesting future expansion as demand may allow.
"Localization of our products and services is a key component of our Flowserve strategy," according to chief operating officer Tom Pajonas. "This plant demonstrates our continuing drive to serve our customers in the best way possible."