Wilo USA to consolidate facilities to Cedarburg

By Laurie Arendt

April 3, 2019

Weil Pump in Cedarburg, a Wilo company, designs and manufactures centrifugal pumps for construction, industrial, commercial and municipal applications.
Submitted photo

CEDARBURG — It’s hard to deny that the $100,000 donation from Weil Pump and Scot Pump is not just an investment in the future of Cedarburg’s students, but also in helping to create a deeper talent pool for their local business operations.

Either way, it’s a win-win for the greater Cedarburg community.

Last Wednesday, the Cedarburg firms announced their donation of $101,368 over four years as a sponsor of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming in the Cedarburg School District. The donation was made through the Wilo-Foundation, a philanthropic arm of their Germany-based parent company, Wilo SE.

“We are excited to support the Cedarburg Education Foundation/ Cedarburg School District and the STEAM initiative,” said Jeff Plaster, managing director and CEO of Wilo USA. “Cedarburg is an important location for Wilo’s long-term strategy, and STEAM will play a key role in fueling growth, adding jobs, and strengthening the community.”

Wilo USA acquired Cedarburg=based Weil Pump, Scot Pump and Karak Machine Corp, in 2017. The company has since announced plans to consolidate its Thomasville, Ga., locations into the existing Weil facilities. Globally, Wilo is represented worldwide in over 90 countries by more than 60 subsidiaries, including 21 production sites, and employs more than 7,700 people globally. “Cedarburg will become the operational center for Wilo in North America,” said Georg Weber, chief technology officer and Wilo SE executive board member. “We as an engineering company relying heavily on the educational skills and expertise of our engineers and tradesmen — that same education young people receive in the Cedarburg’s school district is vital to our long-term success.”

“It’s very gratifying to see the Wilo Co. make such a significant commitment to our community, both in the contribution to the CSD’s STEAM program and to the promise of more jobs and opportunities in Cedarburg,” said Cedarburg Mayor Mike O’Keefe. “It is so encouraging to see companies with deep roots in our city continue to be great corporate partners.”