Uponor North America announced it will close RTI Piping Systems in the United States and Plasco PEX-b Manufacturing in Canada. Additionally, the Uponor Manufactured Structures and Uponor Ecoflex businesses will be consolidated into Uponor Wirsbo and Uponor Canada. The company said the plan will be finalized in early 2005 and will allow it to focus on the brand Wirsbo and PEX-a tubing.

The RTI and Plasco facilities located in Bellport, N.Y., and Langley, British Columbia, will close in the first quarter of 2005. The Manufactured Structures office in Elkhart, Ind., will relocate to the Uponor Wirsbo headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn., in early 2005.