Uponor invests $17.4 million to expand PEX pipe manufacturing
Uponor North America is expanding its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minn., beginning late spring 2017, with completion expected by January 2018. The company’s $17.4 million investment will be used toward the expansion of an additional 58,000 square feet to increase manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand.
This marks the 10th expansion Uponor has made since coming to Apple Valley in 1990. The most recent expansion took place in 2016, with an investment of $18 million and addition of 88,000 square feet to the Apple Valley manufacturing facility.
Uponor has also leased an 8,500-square-foot office and lab space in a building next to its manufacturing annex, which the company’s technology group will occupy beginning mid-May 2017.
“These are exciting times at Uponor and the building industry as we continue to experience significant growth in both commercial and residential construction; and it’s an exciting time for our partners,” Uponor North America President Bill Gray said. “Central to our culture and values is our commitment to our customers; we are continually striving to exceed their expectations. Investments in capacity and our focus on enhancing the customer experience support our strategic direction and set us up for more opportunities.”
By year-end, the total Twin Cities metro area footprint will amount to 738,000 square feet, which is nearly 17 acres of facilities under roof.
The building expansion is required to meet forecasted growth for its crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing in plumbing, fire sprinkler, radiant heating and cooling and hydronic piping systems used in residential and commercial buildings. According to Gray, Uponor North America’s investments represent more than just a larger manufacturing footprint. The company created more than 100 new jobs last year in the Twin Cities and anticipates adding a significant number of jobs as a result of the manufacturing expansion — all of which contributes toward economic development in the metro area.
“Apple Valley's latest expansion with its automated packaging technology will become operational as Uponor celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018,” Uponor President and CEO Jyri Luomakoski said. “In an established organization like Uponor, we always remind ourselves that we constantly need to introduce new solutions, new ways of working and new ways to view the world to better serve our loyal customers. Our North American region has consistently performed well in this area — and the outlook remains solid, thanks to our dedicated staff in North America, our customers and business partners.”