The Gorman-Rupp Company, a manufacturer of pumps and related equipment, has announced the formation of Gorman-Rupp Africa Proprietary Limited (“G-R Africa”) as a wholly owned operating subsidiary headquartered in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. G-R Africa will primarily focus on the planned expansion of international sales throughout Sub-Sahara Africa and the extension of the company’s existing sales operations based in South Africa. The addition of G-R Africa will complement the company’s existing international operations centers in Europe and Asia.

“This expansion in Africa demonstrates another step in our long-standing focus on international growth,” said President and CEO Jeffrey S. Gorman, in a prepared statement. “Africa is an increasingly rapid-developing continent that continues to benefit from positive internal governmental reforms that are starting to strengthen its various economies. As a result, the urbanization rate is increasing in many areas of the continent, but it still generally remains highly underdeveloped and lacks needed water, wastewater, agriculture and construction infrastructure, all of which are proven core markets for The Gorman- Rupp Company’s products.”

The Gorman-Rupp Company designs, manufactures and sells pumps and related equipment (pump and motor controls) for use in water, wastewater, construction, industrial, petroleum, original equipment, agriculture, fire protection, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), military, and other liquid-handling applications.