Uponor Investment Will Expand Pex Pipe Manufacturing

Uponor North America (Uponor) has announced that the company has signed an agreement to purchase an existing 237,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office space in Hutchinson, Minn. The $6.35 million investment is located about 70 miles west from its North American headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn.

The company, 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.

Previously owned by Hutchinson Technology Inc. (HTI)/TDK, the building located at 45 West Highland Park Drive will be renovated to manufacture Uponor PEX pipe that is used in the company’s plumbing, fire sprinkler, radiant-heating and cooling systems.

“Uponor is seeing 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.”

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