Uponor plans expansion to meet growing demand

Uponor North America is expanding its Apple Valley headquarters for the fifth time since opening there in 1990. (Photo submitted)

Uponor North America is expanding its Apple Valley headquarters for the fifth time since opening there in 1990. (Photo submitted)

Uponor North America is breaking ground this month on an expansion of its Apple Valley headquarters, adding additional manufacturing space to meet a forecasted increase in demand.

The expansion will add 17,500 feet of space for the manufacture of crosslinked polyethylene tubing, which is used in plumbing, fire safety and heating systems.

“We are projecting substantial growth for our PEX product in the commercial and residential markets,” said Uponor North America President Bill Gray.

It will be the fifth expansion for the Uponor facility located at 5925 148th St. W., which was built in 1990 and houses the company’s North American corporate offices, manufacturing plant and Uponor Academy, the company’s on-site training center.

The construction, slated for completion by October with a planned occupancy date of late December, will also see the addition of 3,000 square feet of employee service areas, including an expanded lunch room, locker rooms, restrooms and outdoor seating.

“We are a 24/7 operation, so we’re making PEX tubing every minute of every day,” said Rusty Callier, the company’s director of operations. “We want to make sure we have sufficient space to manufacture the tubing, as well as provide a positive and productive environment for the employees who are making the tubing.”

Uponor, which in April was named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance trade association, currently employs 380 people at its Apple Valley site. The company is looking to expand its workforce, and to that end hosted a job fair April 18 which brought in candidates seeking manufacturing and maintenance positions.

More about the company is at www.uponorpro.com.

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