Uponor Celebrates Grand Opening of Hutchinson Facility

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of Hutchinson High School’s Center for Technical Excellence took place Oct. 11

10/12/2018

Hutchinson, Minn., October 12, 2018 — Uponor North America hosted a ribbon-cutting and plant tour on Thursday, Oct. 11 to celebrate the grand opening of its newest expansion, a 237,000-square-foot facility located in Hutchinson, Minn.

The plant was completed earlier this year, six months ahead of schedule, and has already produced more than 30 million feet of PEX tubing, while adding more than 40 jobs in the community.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place from 9 to 11 a.m., while the tour of the Center for Technical Excellence immediately followed. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured speakers including Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America; Jon Sillerud, vice president of operations; Paul Jossart, senior manager of operations at Hutchinson; and Gary Forcier, mayor of Hutchinson.


Bill Gray said, “While this is our latest expansion, it is certainly not our last. We are grateful to Hutchinson and community leaders for their support. We look forward to remaining part of the community for years to come.”


Uponor North America first announced the $6.35 million investment in Hutchinson in July 2017 to support the company’s growing U.S. manufacturing operations. Hutchinson was an attractive location as it provided access to a large manufacturing workforce and the community showed strong support for Uponor.


Hutchinson Mayor Gary Forcier said, “I would like to thank Uponor for choosing our town to come to. We feel fortunate to have an upstanding company like Uponor come and be part of our community. We’re excited about the employment opportunities this brings and are looking forward to working with Uponor to continue to improve our community.”


At Hutchinson High School, guests toured the newly completed Center for Technical Excellence (CTE). The CTE is part of TigerPath, a skilled-workforce training program funded by 28 community partners, including Uponor.


Robert Danneker, principal of Hutchinson High School, said, "The strength of TigerPath lies within the strong, collaborative partnerships Hutchinson High School builds, maintains, and sustains with our local businesses and industries. Today, we celebrate Uponor and thank them immensely for their generous donation to TigerPath.”


To further celebrate Manufacturing Month, Uponor organized several additional events:


  • Oct. 10, Uponor joined nearly 1,000 organizations to raise awareness about the value of water by participating in Imagine a Day Without Water on social media.
  • Oct. 12, from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., Uponor welcomed 75 students from local schools to its Apple Valley facility. The students toured the plant and heard from a panel of experts on career opportunities in manufacturing.

For a special press page, including images for download, please visit:
http://uponor.oreilly-depalma.com/2018/hutchinson-ribbon-cutting.shtml

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About Uponor

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Apple Valley, Minn.-based Uponor North America strives to be the partner plumbing and HVAC professionals rely on for smart water and energy solutions. The company is helping to advance the construction industry through innovation, education and advocacy focusing on the defining issues of our time: water, energy and labor. An award-winning manufacturer of PEX piping and provider of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping, and pre-insulated piping systems, Uponor offers solutions for new construction, retrofits and remodels in the residential, light commercial and commercial markets. Uponor partnered with Belkin International in 2016 to form Phyn, a new intelligent water company that is revolutionizing the way consumers interact with water and helping solve major challenges facing the global water supply. Recognized for best-in-class manufacturing, sustainability, economic development and as a top workplace, the Uponor group of companies employs more than 4,000 worldwide. Uponor group’s global headquarters are located in Vantaa, Finland.

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