Gardner Denver will expand in Blair Co., adding 40 jobs

First, a corporate headquarters, then a small manufacturing operation.

That's what industrial equipment maker Gardner Denver Inc. has brought to Pennsylvania since late 2010. Gov. Corbett's office announced Monday that the company would add an "aftermarket service center" in Blair County in western Pennsylvania.

Gardner Denver, which makes compressors and pumps used in the oil and gas drilling business, is joining the rush of companies active in the Marcellus Shale region. The new 70,000-square-foot operation will manufacture fluid ends used in pressure pumps and provides service to its drilling customers in the shale area.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development will provide the company with a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $18,000 in job training assistance. In all, the project, which is expected to create 40 jobs in three years, is expected to cost $10 million.

Gardner Denver, which reported 2010 revenues of $1.9 billion, moved its corporate headquarters from Quincy, Ill. to Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, in December. As of July, 23 people worked in that office.