It would be fair to say PEX pipe and fittings manufacturer Uponor is in an expansion mode.
On May 16 it opened its new Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ont. At about the same time it announced a $17.4 million expansion to its PEX manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
“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,” remarked Bill Gray, Uponor North America president.
The new Mississauga facility merges the company’s sales and marketing headquarters with its eastern distribution centre.
“The new Uponor Ltd. headquarters reflects the business Uponor has become and addresses the current and future needs of customers, partners and staff by adding 8,000 square feet of office space and increasing warehouse capacity by 30 percent,” said Charlie Harte, general manager, Uponor Ltd.
It boasts a modern workplace design and large, open spaces for customer service, codes and standards, marketing, sales, and training departments. The new open-concept workspace is designed to create an environment that encourages increased collaboration and sustains long-term employee growth.
The new and improved warehouse allows for more stock, thus fast-tracking delivery times and supporting ongoing market demand.
Uponor also welcomes the addition of an enhanced estimation and commercial piping design services group. This change resulted in closing Uponor’s Regina, Sask. office.
The Uponor Academy features a “hands-on customer experience centre” showcasing interactive commercial and residential PEX piping system solutions. The training space can accommodate up to 50 attendees, extending the accessibility of training programs for commercial plumbing, hydronic piping and radiant heating and cooling systems, which also include training credits for continuing education units (CEUs).
“These investments in the new Canadian headquarters reflect our focus on enhancing the customer experience and supports our strategic direction,” said Gray. And they also reflect a dramatically changing business, he noted at an open house June 1. A few years ago Uponor was primarily in the residential market.
“In 2012 we really began to focus on commercial.” Those efforts have paid off, with the commercial market now making up 50 percent of the company’s business compared to 20 percent prior to 2012.
U.S. plant expanded
Uponor expects to complete the expansion of its Minnesota manufacturing plant by January, 2018. It will add 58,000 square feet to increase manufacturing capacity. This is the tenth expansion since Uponor began operations in Apple Valley in 1990.
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 occupied beginning in mid-May.
Uponor, headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.