Efficient Plant January 2018 - 22
feature | plant profile
In a huge expansion
project, Uponor North
America benefits from
digital-twin technology and other tools to
plan for current and
JON SILLERUD HAS spent half of his 30-yr.
career managing new-growth projects for large
manufacturing facilities. This experience has
taught him valuable lessons about strategic
planning. "Spending time in detailed planning
is always time well spent," said Sillerud, the vice
president of operations for Uponor North America and executive leader for the biggest expansion
project the company has ever undertaken.
Thanks to continuous, long-term growth,
Uponor North America made the commitment
to invest in a gigantic expansion project that has
included $17.4 million for new construction on a
58,000-sq.-ft. expansion on its main Apple Valley,
MN, campus and the $6.35-million purchase of
an existing 237,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility
in the nearby town of Hutchinson-located about
70 miles west of Apple Valley.
Uponor North America, 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. It has
taken only nine months for Uponor to complete
the new construction project on its campus and
the company expects to begin pipe production
in the first quarter of 2018. Production in the
Hutchinson acquisition facility is expected to
begin during the second half of 2018. The new
acquisition, combined with the new construction,
brings the company's total footprint in North
America to more than one-million sq. ft.
Above. The Hutchinson, MN, facility provides Uponor with an additional 237,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and office
space, bringing the company's total footprint in North America to more than 1-million sq. ft.
Left. The manufacturing annex, located across the street from Uponor's North American headquarters, added
88,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and office space in early 2017 to the company's Apple Valley, MN, campus.