BUSINESS: Uponor Joins PMI As Manufacturing Member

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Joining Plumbing Manufacturers International at the start of 2022, Uponor North America is set to work alongside other PMI members to meet challenges relating to labor, supply chain, sustainability and more.

“We are constantly looking for new employees in our offices and factories, as well as providing our customers with solutions and support as they compete for labor in these challenging times,” said Kate Olinger, director of industry and regulatory affairs at Uponor. Supply chain issues are another concern. These include sourcing raw materials, trucking, and freight issues as well as supporting our customers in their supply chains.

Olinger discussed the interplay of sustainability and workforce, which is a strategic initiative at Uponor. When interviewing candidates, they want information about our commitment towards sustainability. This includes our commitment to people and planet, as well as our commitment to profit and keeping all three in balance. We are working hard to make the world a better place and to reduce our carbon footprint. At the same time, we plan for the long-term success of our company for customers, employees, and partners.

PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole stated that “Uponor is an outstanding addition to PMI’s roster of members, which produce 90% of the nation’s plumbing products. The strategic focus of Uponor is supported by the PMI priorities, especially those relating to climate change and workforce development.

Uponor’s primary product is cross-linked polyethylene (or PEX-a) plumbing and heating systems for residential and commercial purposes, Olinger said. Uponor recently started offering PPRCT, a large diameter mechanical piping solution, that integrates seamlessly with PEX systems. We offer the complete polymer solution, including fittings, valves, valves, and accessories. She said that our products often work ‘behind-the-wall’ to supply water to fixtures and equipment. Uponor’s North American headquarters is in Apple Valley, Minnesota. It has its global headquarters located in Vantaa in Finland.

Uponor, a new PMI member is seeking to increase its memberships in Plastic Pipe Institute, Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association and other organizations. Olinger said. Olinger stated that PMI’s commitment to monitoring codes at the local, state, and national levels is important. She also explained that PMI’s work from a government affairs perspective is important. There will be more opportunities to drive sustainability forward on a national or local level and have a seat in the table.

About Plumbing Manufacturers International

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of plumbing product manufacturers that produce more than 90% of the United States’ plumbing products, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable and innovative water-efficient plumbing technologies. PMI members contribute more than 464,000 jobs and $85.5 billion in economic impact to America’s economy.

About Uponor

Apple Valley, Minn.-based Uponor North America strives to be the partner plumbing and HVAC professionals rely on for smart water and energy solutions. Through innovation, education, and advocacy, the company helps to propel the construction industry forward. It focuses on the most important issues of our times: water, energy, and labor. The company is an award-winning manufacturer and distributor of PEX piping. It also serves as the exclusive North American marketer/distributor for Uponor PP–RCT. They offer plumbing, fire safety and radiant heating/cooling. Recognized for best-in-class manufacturing, sustainability, economic development, and as a top workplace, the Uponor group of companies employs more than 3,800 worldwide. Vantaa is the location of Uponor’s global headquarters.

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