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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 workforce.”

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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