State and local leaders attended Uponor North America’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its ninth expansion in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and its 11th in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The $18 million project added 90,000 square feet for lean manufacturing, office space and additional manufacturing equipment for producing crosslinked polyethylene pipes used in plumbing, radiant heating and cooling, and fire safety systems.

With this expansion, the North American headquarters in Apple Valley, along with the company’s distribution center and resin-processing center in nearby Lakeville, Minnesota, 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.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton attended the the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He 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,” Dayton said. “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.”

Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America, said the company is committed to the state. 

“While this is our latest expansion, it is certainly not our last. We are grateful to the state of Minnesota and the leaders of this local community for their support as we continue to grow,” he said.