December 1, 2008
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For the Media: Training

Uponor Reinvests in Training Program; Appoints Industry Veteran Wes Sisco as Senior Trainer

To continue its tradition of partnering with industry professionals for a better building-solutions environment, Uponor recently appointed industry veteran Wes Sisco as senior trainer for their renowned factory training program. In addition, Steve Swanson, an expert in the field of hydronic and steam-heating, HVAC and plumbing, has also joined the company as customer trainer. Read more...

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Industry veteran Wes Sisco uses his knowledge and experience in factory and field training in his new role as senior trainer for Uponor.

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Headed by Training Manager Mary Beth Manninen, Sisco and Swanson will collaborate with existing customer trainer, Josh Schwaller, to offer a unique combination of solid technical information, hands-on workshop opportunities and plenty of entertainment for factory training attendees.

“I’m excited to return to the factory training arena,” says Sisco, who originally began in Uponor’s training department eight years ago before moving into a field technician role. “As senior trainer, I plan to use my years of experience with installers in the field to focus on real-life challenges that can most benefit our training attendees.”

Sisco will share the training responsibilities with Schwaller and Swanson, who also hold extensive experience in their own right. Swanson brings more than 20 years of experience in the hydronic and steam-heating, HVAC and plumbing industries, including helping to develop curriculum and training programs for hydronic heating seminars and the State of Minnesota boiler license. Schwaller, who has held the role of Uponor customer trainer for nearly two years, possesses more than nine years of professional training, curriculum development and facilitation expertise.

“This new training team at Uponor offers great diversity in background and experience,” Swanson remarks. “This will provide an incredible resource to the trades’ community.”

Schwaller echoes that notion, and adds that working with two new members on the team will help to create a better, more comprehensive training offering.

“I’m looking forward to working with Wes and Steve to enhance our training program curriculum and offer a program that is not only informative and educational, but most importantly, relevant to meeting our attendees’ needs,” says Schwaller.

Manninen states with the addition of two new trainers to the training department, she is pleased to see Uponor’s commitment to valuable programs that help support the building industry and its professional partners in the business.

“Bringing Wes and Steve onto the training team will give us a broad array of talent in radiant, plumbing and fire safety expertise,” she says. “Wes’ background in the industry and hands-on field experience working alongside installers, coupled with Steve’s extensive knowledge in the trades and Josh’s training and curriculum development expertise, allows us to offer our customers a training experience that’s second to none.”

The training program will not only include factory training, but field training and even e-learning courses and webinars to offer a broad range of venues for every need.

The Uponor factory training program currently offers the following courses:

  • Radiant Solutions – Fundamentals Workshop

  • Radiant Solutions – Fundamentals Workshop with ADS

  • Radiant Solutions – Controls Workshop

  • AQUASAFE® Fire Safety Systems Workshop


For additional information about all Uponor training programs, visit the Uponor website at

Uponor Corporation is a leading supplier of plumbing, fire safety and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets across North America and Europe, and a market leader in municipal infrastructure pipe systems in the Nordic countries. Uponor Corporation employs 4,200 people in 27 countries and is listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.

Uponor, Inc. is headquartered in Apple Valley, Minn. For more information, visit or call (800) 321-4739.

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