Uponor Invests $17.4 Million to Expand PEX Pipe Manufacturing
Uponor North America (Uponor) is expanding its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota, beginning late spring 2017, with completion expected by January 2018. The $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 is the tenth expansion since Uponor began operations in Apple Valley in 1990. The most recent expansion took place in 2016 when the company invested $18 million and added 88,000 square feet to its 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,” said Bill Gray, Uponor North America president. “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.”
Uponor’s North American headquarters are located in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and the company has a distribution center and resin-receiving facility located in nearby Lakeville, Minnesota. 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.
“Apple Valley's latest expansion with its automated packaging technology will become operational as Uponor celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018,” said Jyri Luomakoski, president and CEO, Uponor. “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.”
Uponor’s decision to expand again in Apple Valley was partly due to the cooperation of both the State of Minnesota and the City of Apple Valley, and their willingness to provide an attractive business climate for Uponor’s continued growth.