Ohio Chamber Board Member Spotlight: Jeff Gorman

We are continuing our series highlighting the members of our board of directors. Jeff Gorman has been president and CEO for 39 years of The Gorman-Rupp Company, a company his father helped found during the Depression. Jeff served as chairman of our board of directors 2009-2010.

 When was the company established?
March 1, 1933

Where are you located?
Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio.

 Do you have additional facilities?  If so, how many in Ohio, and how many outside of Ohio?
Gorman-Rupp Industries located in Bellville Ohio

Outside Ohio:
Patterson Pump Company, Toccoa, Georgia
National Pump Company, Glendale, Arizona
Bayou City Pumps, Houston, TX
AMT Pumps, Royersford, PA
International Operations:
Gorman-Rupp of Canada Ltd, St. Thomas, Ontario
Patterson Pump Ireland Ltd. , Mullingar, Ireland
Gorman-Rupp Europe, Culemborg, The Netherlands
Gorman-Rupp Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

How many employees do you have in Ohio?

What is your company mission/purpose and what service do you provide?
Manufacture of pumps and pumping systems for municipal, industrial, fire protection, construction, petroleum and original equipment applications.

Is there any product or service that makes your company unique that you’d like other Ohio businesses to know about?
The world leader in self-priming pumps for hundreds of fluid handling applications.

How long have you been a member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce?
A long time, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce records are probably more accurate than ours. (We checked, since 1942!)

 Why did you join the Ohio Chamber of Commerce?
To help support business in Ohio and have a voice in the legislative process. Having had the honor of serving as chairman of the Ohio Chamber for two years I witnessed first hand the important role that the Chamber plays in business advocacy for all of Ohio.