Uponor North America Expands Manufacturing In Apple Valley, Minnesota
With construction beginning late spring 2017 and expected completion 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.
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," says 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.”
"When making this investment decision, we spent a significant amount of time evaluating our options," says Gray. "Throughout the process, the City of Apple Valley has demonstrated its support and the State of Minnesota has also shown its appreciation for Uponor. We truly appreciate their support and, as always, do our best to honor and exceed our commitments."
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," says Jyri Luomakoski, President & 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 North American headquarters are located in Apple Valley 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.
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