Springfield-based Paul Mueller Company plans to build a new facility in the Netherlands.

Springfield-based Paul Mueller Company plans to build a new facility in the Netherlands

The new facility in the town of Groenlo, expected to cost $21 million, will replace four separate locations the manufacturer currently operates in the country. It will be located about six miles from one currently operating in the town of Lichtenvoorde.

“Groenlo was chosen because of its close proximity to the current Lichtenvoorde location, easing the transition for the majority of the production employees,” Paul Mueller CEO David Moore said in a news release. “Working together in one location, our co-workers can better develop common goals and address customer needs.”

Groenlo is a town of about 10,000 in the eastern part of the country, not far from the German border.

The company — which fabricates stainless steel products for dairy farms and food, beverage and pharmaceutical uses — says the new facility will allow it to save money compared to the cost of operating four separate facilities.

Construction is expected to start this summer, with a forecast completion date of summer 2018.

Paul Mueller’s operations in Europe date to 1969, when the company entered into a joint venture with a company producing dairy farm equipment. In 2008, Paul Mueller acquired several companies in the country.

“The Netherlands produces dairy farm equipment (storage and cooling), brewery equipment, plate heat exchangers and processing tanks,” spokeswoman Christine Daues said in an email. “In most cases the product designs are different from the United States designs and are tailored to meet the needs of the market they are serving. Paul Mueller Company in The Netherlands primarily serves customers in Europe, Africa,…