HVAC Breaking News

Sept. 24, 2008: Uponor Consolidates Operations, Closes Canadian Facility

September 24, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - In response to the prolonged downturn in the construction and building market, Uponor has announced a plan initiating a cost reduction program throughout North America and Europe. The company said that, in order to structure Uponor North America for sustained profitability and growth, it would close its Canadian manufacturing facility in Saint John, New Brunswick.

“We’ve been successfully managing our company throughout the market’s downturn,” said Anders Tollsten, executive vice president, Uponor North America. “In order to respond to the continued economic conditions and increased transportation costs, we made the decision to consolidate our production capabilities in North America.”

The company’s primary manufacturing facility is located at its headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn.

Uponor indicated its global cost-reduction program would affect 200 positions in Europe and North America. Approximately 80 of those 200 employees are impacted by the Saint John closure, and Uponor said it is working with those affected by offering outplacement services and severance packages. The company is also recruiting employees for the Apple Valley manufacturing facility to minimize the impact on the total personnel reduction in North America.

“Our actions are part of our global initiative to ensure success in a low-volume building market,” Tollsten said. “Despite the difficult economic environment, we are taking advantage of opportunities and actively focusing on our strategic-growth initiatives, such as new product development, investments in our Apple Valley, Minn., manufacturing facility, new distribution center, and sales and marketing objectives in the U.S. and Canada.”

Tollsten added that Uponor has positioned its organization to align with the current volume of business. “We’re convinced that consolidating our production capabilities will improve our overall operational effectiveness,” he said. “And by streamlining our organization, we will be able to continue to invest in our strategic growth.”

Bill Gray, Uponor Ltd. general manager, Canada, said, “I’m confident the consolidation of production in Apple Valley will enhance service to our customers. As well, we recently opened our new Canadian headquarters in the greater Toronto area, and we are investing in sales and marketing resources throughout Canada. These actions demonstrate Uponor’s long-term planning and commitment to better serve our Canadian customers.”

Uponor is a leading supplier of PEX-a plumbing, fire safety, and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets. For more information, visit www.uponor-usa.com.

Publication date: 09/22/2008

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Joseph Groh

Joseph Groh, an industry veteran boasting 35 years of HVAC experience, discusses the 2008 bicycle accident that cut his career tragically short, and how the Joseph S. Groh Foundation is his way of giving back to the construction trade. Posted on Aug. 22.

More Podcasts


NEWS 08-18-14 cover

2014 August 18

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Prohibiting HFCs

EPA is proposing a rule that would prohibit some HFCs in select refrigeration applications. Do you agree with this move?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con