ON-Lion Letter

Gardner Denver, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial compressors, blowers, pumps, loading arms and fuel systems, is moving its global headquarters to Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.  The headquarters could ultimately employ as many as 200 senior executives, managers, and professionals. 

Founded in 1859, Gardner Denver is one of the oldest manufacturing businesses in America.  The global company has approximately $2.5 billion in revenue and close to 7,000 employees in more than 35 countries.  Gardner Denver will rank among the 15 largest privately held companies in Wisconsin.

"We are excited to make Milwaukee the home of our new global headquarters," Gardner Denver chief executive officer Peter Wallace said.  "The region has an impressive roster of global businesses, a strong manufacturing pedigree, and a deep talent pool for a business like ours.  It is an excellent location for us."  Gardner Denver was previously headquartered in Wayne, Pa. 

"We're delighted that Gardner Denver has selected Milwaukee as its new home," said Gale Klappa, co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership, and chairman and chief executive officer of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.  "Companies with the scale and stature of Gardner Denver do not relocate often, and, of course, there is intense competition from other U.S. cities whenever these opportunities arise.

"The decision by Gardner Denver to locate here is another strong, positive sign that our assets, talent, and work ethic are attractive to global companies."

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports Milwaukee 7, a partnership of seven counties in southeast Wisconsin.

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