The Gorman-Rupp Company was founded in 1933 during the worst depression in U.S. history. It was during this year that J.C. Gorman and H.E. Rupp, two entrepreneurs from Mansfield, Ohio, pooled $1,500 – along with other considerable talents and fortitude – and began a pump manufacturing business within the walls of a barn on the outskirts of town.
In an industry that lacked a clear market leader, Gorman and Rupp saw an opportunity to excel, establishing their new company upon a mission statement that dictated it would “enter a field of pumping service only when able to provide superior products with better performance.”
Today, the Company that began on a handshake, a principle of superior product performance and $1,500 (all the original equity that has ever been put into the Company), stands as a leader in its field and boasts a history of innovation, improvement and quality that continue to set standards for the industry.
The original barn has grown to a total of over one million square feet of manufacturing and warehousing in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Gorman-Rupp manufactures over 4,000 models of pumps. Around the world, Gorman-Rupp is chosen as the superior pumping solution in markets such as municipal, water, wastewater, sewage, industrial/chemical, construction/mining, petroleum/aircraft fueling, OEM/government, agricultural/irrigation, flood control, fire protection and many other applications where reliability and performance are essential. It goes to prove that there is no limit on what dedicated men and women can accomplish when they put their heads – and their hands – together.
Today, Gorman-Rupp is a publicly traded company on the NYSE Amex Exchange under the symbol GRC.
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