Uponor invests $6.35 million to
expand PEX pipe production.
Uponor North America has signed an agreement to purchase an existing
237,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office space in
Hutchinson, MN. The $6.35 million investment is located about 70
miles west of its North American headquarters in Apple Valley, MN.
The company’s global headquarters is in Vantaa, Finland.
The manufacturer of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe and related
products is growing its U.S. operations to support continued
opportunities in commercial and residential construction. Uponor
expects the deal to close by late August.
The facility, one of several buildings on the Hutchinson campus, was
previously owned by TDK/HTI. It will be renovated to manufacture
Uponor PEX pipe that is used in the company’s plumbing,
fire-sprinkler, radiant-heating and cooling systems. Modeled after
its award-winning facility in Apple Valley, the site is designed to
achieve the high environmental and sustainability standards and
operational excellence that the company espouses. The facility is
expected to be operational by early 2019.
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“Uponor is seeing
unprecedented product demand as a result of continued growth
in commercial and residential construction,” said Bill Gray,
President of Uponor North America. “This investment will
allow Uponor to increase production capacity as we build a
future on innovation, education and advocacy to better serve
our customers while also growing the state’s manufacturing
The Hutchinson site provides access to a large pool of
manufacturing talent and remains close enough to the
company’s existing operations to use shared services. This
is the 11th expansion since Uponor began operations in
Minnesota in 1990.
The purchase of the new facility comes on the heels of
Uponor’s announcement in May that it will expand its Apple
Valley manufacturing facility with a $17.4 million
investment. That expansion is expected to be completed by
January 2018. This newest acquisition will bring the
company’s total footprint in North America to more than 1
million square feet.
“We are excited and committed to support our growth
opportunities in North America,” said Uponor Corp. President
and CEO Jyri Luomakoski.“This investment will provide Uponor
with expanded manufacturing space to develop innovative,
next-generation solutions on a larger scale to position us
in meeting the future demands of the industry and provide
greater service to our customers.”
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