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Uponor expands PEX Pipe Manufacturing in the US

HUTCHINSON/USA, July 24, 2017 – Uponor North America has announced that the company has signed an agreement to purchase an existing 237,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office space in Hutchinson, Minnesota. The 6.35 million US dollar investment is located about 70 miles west from its North American headquarters in Apple Valley. The company is acquiring the manufacturing plant to meet long-term demands.

Uponor, manufacturer of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe and related products, is growing its U.S. manufacturing operations.

Uponor, manufacturer of crosslinked
polyethylene (PEX) pipe and related
products, is growing its U.S.
manufacturing operations. | Logo: Uponor

The company Uponor, which manufactures crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe and related products, is growing its U.S. manufacturing operations to support continued opportunities in commercial and residential construction. Uponor expects the closing to occur by late August 2017 and become operational by early 2019.

The facility Uponor is purchasing was previously owned by TDK/HTI – one of several buildings on the Hutchinson campus. It will be renovated to manufacture Uponor PEX pipe that is used in the company’s plumbing, fire-sprinkler, radiant-heating and cooling systems. Modelled after its award-winning facility in Apple Valley, the company will remain committed to high environmental and sustainability standards and operational excellence.

“Uponor is seeing unprecedented product demand as a result of continued growth in commercial and residential construction,” says 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 is an attractive location as it provides access to a large manufacturing pool of talent and remains close enough to the company’s existing operations in order 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 US dollar 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,” says Uponor Corporation 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.” bi

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