Two Decades Of Experience

Our Story

UPI Brings More Than Two Decades Of Experience

UPI Our Story

United Piping Inc. (UPI) began more than twenty years ago out of our predecessor, Ogston's Inc., which enjoyed 35 years in the piping fabrication business and helped build the strong reputation we uphold today.

Bob Schoneberger and Dave Rickard joined forces in February 1997, and formed UPI in Duluth, Minnesota. The two complemented each other well, as Dave had the mechanical and welding expertise and Bob had extensive experience in mechanical engineering and business operations.

In May of 2000, we built our current pipeline fabrication and maintenance facility on our Duluth campus that more than tripled our shop's capacities for fabrication. Since the year 2000, our fabrication facility has continued to grow and we now have over 25,000 square feet of dedicated fabrication space, as well as a self-contained abrasive blasting booth, and separate painting and coating bay. In addition to our fabrication facility, we have several locations for pipe and equipment storage. Our campus in Duluth has over 40 acres of laydown yards and equipment staging areas. This allows for quick access to our large inventory of timber mats and is conveniently located equipment for urgent project needs.

UPI became a subsidiary of APi Group Inc. in 2009. Since then, UPI has grown more than tenfold, providing hundreds of jobs and career advancement opportunities. We are constantly building to take on larger and more complex projects within the oil and gas pipeline industry, while maintaining the highest quality work and a stellar safety and quality reputation. our growth continues to significantly contribute to the economy in Duluth, MN, our home base; Morris, IL; Mt. Pleasant, MI; and Claysville, PA; but also significantly benefits the communities in which our projects are located.

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