Plumber Industry News: Uponor Completes $18 Million Minnesota Expansion

Ferguson opens Atlanta showroom; Nu Flow relocates Maryland office.
Plumber Industry News: Uponor Completes $18 Million Minnesota Expansion
Pictured (from left) are Jyri Luomakoski, CEO, Uponor Corp.; Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America; Mary Hamann-Roland, Mayor of Apple Valley; Ed Kearney, Apple Valley Chamber President; Anna Wills, Minnesota state representative; and Greg Clausen, Minnesota senator.

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Uponor North America celebrated the official opening of the company’s ninth expansion in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and the 11th in the greater Twin Cities area.

Gov. Mark Dayton, along with several political and community leaders, was in attendance for the ribbon cutting. Gov. Dayton spoke of the importance of new job growth in Minnesota and of attracting talent in light of a national and local employment shortage.

“It’s a great moment for all of you on the Uponor team. Thank you very much for your commitment to Minnesota. This is what makes Minnesota successful — entrepreneurs and those of you executives who have a commitment to our state, to locate and expand here.”

The $18 million expansion adds 90,000 square feet for lean manufacturing, office space and additional manufacturing equipment for producing crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe used in plumbing, radiant heating/cooling and fire safety systems.

With the expansion, the North American headquarters in Apple Valley, along with the company’s distribution center and resin-processing center in nearby Lakeville, brings the total Twin Cities metro area footprint to 656,738 square feet on approximately 50 acres. The new facility will provide 82 new jobs to the local economy.

“While this is our latest expansion, it is certainly not our last,” says Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “We are grateful to the State of Minnesota and the leaders of this local community for their support as we continue to grow.”

Ferguson opens 13,183-square-foot showroom in Atlanta

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery opened a 13,183-square-foot showroom in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, marketed as the ultimate shopping destination in Atlanta.

“The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is becoming a premier destination for a complete high-end shopping experience — it’s like the Rodeo Drive of Atlanta,” said Kara O’Donnell, area showroom manager. “While we experienced success for 14 years in our previous location at 764 Miami Circle North, we chose to move to this area to gain more visibility among shoppers seeking high-end brands and a personal shopping experience that allows them to see and touch the products before they purchase.”

Shoppers are invited to experience products through various interactive showroom displays, including a working kitchen and shower stall with multiple showerhead and body spray options. To assist customers with their lighting choice, the showroom features an LED lighting lab that showroom associates use to demonstrate how different light temperatures can change the look of an area.

“With the numerous options in lighting today, we provide an educational opportunity for our customers to visualize and experience what the fixtures and different types of lighting may look like in their own home,” O’Donnell says.  

High-end faucets, fixtures, appliances and lighting from manufactures including Hudson Valley Lighting, Jacuzzi Luxury Baths, Sub-Zero and Wolf are showcased throughout the facility.

Nu Flow Opens Mid-Atlantic Office

Nu Flow relocated its Mid-Atlantic branch office to Frederick, Maryland. The new 3,000-square-foot office is centrally located and within a one-hour drive of Washington, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The office features conference rooms, private offices, two dock doors and customer parking. 

Hot Jet develops two-part sewer cleaning system

Hot Jet USA, a division of PowerLine Industries, developed a two-part system that deep cleans and renews the insides of sewer systems without having to perform major excavation.

The two-part system uses hot water under high pressure to deep clean, sanitize and hydro scrub the inside of the sewer lines.

The second part of the system injects Total C, a mild enzymatic biological detergent that remains in the line and digests the FOG (fats oils and greases) after the lines have been hydro-scrubbed and reconditioned, keeping them clean and odor free even under excessive FOG discharges like those of a restaurant and commercial properties. 

Rausch Electronics adds distributor

Rausch Electronics USA added Municipal Maintenance Equipment of Sacramento, California, to its family of authorized distributors. MME has provided solutions for customers in the governmental and private sectors since 1992. The company has four locations and will provide Rausch product sales and support throughout California and northern Nevada.

“We look forward to starting work with the MME sales and service teams leading to a long and prosperous relationship, and I am proud of the efforts of Adam Baker (Rausch USA VP of Sales) as he continues to strategically grow our U.S. distribution network,” says Greg Hall, Rausch USA president.

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