Uponor Invests $18M to Expand PEX Pipe Manufacturing Facility

The new facility will add an additional 88,000 SF of manufacturing and office space to support Uponor’s PEX piping business.

The new facility will add an additional 88,000 SF of manufacturing and office space to support Uponor’s PEX piping business.

Uponor North America is expanding its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota, beginning late spring 2015, with completion expected by Dec. 1. The $18-million investment will be used toward the renovation and expansion of an additional 88,000 square feet to accommodate Lean manufacturing and office space, as well as additional required manufacturing equipment.

Uponor’s North American headquarters is also located in Apple Valley, and the company has a distribution center and resin-processing center located in nearby Lakeville. By year-end, the total Twin Cities metro area footprint will amount to 654,738 square feet on approximately 50 acres of total property.

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The new facility, which is located adjacent to the Uponor North America headquarters, consists of a 34,000 SF remodel to an existing structure along with a 54,000 SF addition.

The building expansion, in which the company will pursue LEED certification, is required to meet forecasted growth for its crosslinked polyethylene tubing in plumbing, fire sprinkler, radiant heating and cooling and hydronic piping systems used in residential and commercial buildings.

Uponor’s physical space is not the only thing that is expanding. They have created more than 130 new jobs in the Twin Cities over the past three years and anticipate adding a significant number of jobs as a result of the manufacturing expansion — contributing toward the economic development in the metro area. Uponor Group employs 4,000 employees worldwide, with about 500 employees located in the Twin Cities.

This year marks Uponor’s 25-year anniversary in Apple Valley. Uponor chose to continue to invest in the Twin Cities because of its location, access to a wealth of talent and the continued support from both the city of Apple Valley and the state of Minnesota.

For more information about Uponor, visit www.uponor-usa.com/mediaroom.