Mark Your Calendars for EDCUtah's QIU Event
and Annual Meeting
EDCUtah has two major events coming up. The first is our Quarterly Investor Update (QIU) meeting from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 27 in downtown Salt Lake City (222 Main St., 15th floor). We expect the QIU to be another informative event with introductions by our newest investors, networking and a report of our economic development activity for the latest quarter. Our 2014-15 fiscal year started July 1, and we have already seen four wins that will bring more than 842 jobs to the state and a capital investment of more than $8.2 million. We hope you will attend the quarterly meeting, when we will share additional details.
The other big event is our Annual Meeting at the Grand America Hotel on Oct. 7. Dan Rather, one of the most recognized and renowned broadcast journalists of our time, will be the keynote speaker. Price Real Estate is our platinum sponsor for the event. Our gold sponsors are Rocky Mountain Power, Questar, CenturyLink and CBRE. Our silver sponsors are Syringa Networks and Wells Fargo Bank. We have one additional gold-level sponsorship available, as well as silver, reception and table sponsorship opportunities. For more information contact Kevin Bischoff, director of membership development, at 801-323-4255 or email@example.com.
Today's Economic Review also includes links to many of the ED-related news stories from the past week. As always, if you have comments, suggestions or topics you'd like to see in the Economic Review, please contact us by clicking the "Comments" link on the bottom of this page. Enjoy!
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Earlier this year, SyberJet Aircraft celebrated the ground breaking of its 30,000 square-foot completion and delivery center in Cedar City. Photo source: SyberJet Aircraft.com
Utah's Aerospace and Defense Cluster Shaped by Strong Companies, Deep Talent Pool
In July, Exelis Aerostructures, located west of the Salt Lake International Airport, announced a multimillion dollar contract with aircraft giant Airbus to supply composite floor beam struts for the A380 aircraft. With its double-deck and wide-body design, the A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner and offers multiple cabin design configurations with seating of 525 passengers and a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 kilometers).
Exelis' contract, which runs through 2023, is not only an exciting development for the company, but another feather in the cap of Utah's aerospace industry, which has one of the highest concentrations of aerospace employment in the country and an unparalleled supply chain.
"You look at the end-to-end supply chain capability that Utah offers and the focus that the governor's office has put on developing our aerospace and defense capabilities–from tooling to materials suppliers to manufacturers–and Utah is a great choice," says Marshall Wright, aerospace and defense cluster director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED).
Indeed, from rocket motors to jet engines, from satellites to aircraft construction, parts and maintenance, some of the nation's leading aerospace companies have found Utah to be fertile ground. The state is home to companies like Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, SyberJet, Exelis Aerostructures, Williams International, Duncan Aviation and Triumph Gear Systems, to name a few. Meanwhile, the strong employment base provides for a wide range of local expertise and a deep pool of highly qualified talent.
To help this strategic economic cluster grow, EDCUtah and GOED continue to invest in a wide range of tradeshows that target the aerospace and advanced composites industries, including the composites and advanced materials expo CAMX, which will be held Oct. 13-16 in Orlando; JEC Europe, held in Paris in March; and AUVSI's Unmanned Systems show, held each May in Atlanta.
Focusing on the commercial side of Utah's aerospace cluster, Wright offers a rundown of companies shaping the industry from within the Beehive State. Exelis, he says, will use patented manufacturing technology licensed from Bodair S.A. to produce the composite floor beam struts that are the structural support connecting the passenger cabin floor to the A380's fuselage. Composite materials comprise more than 20 percent of the A380's airframe. Exelis also manufactures tail rotor blade assemblies for the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter and composite fiber frames for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at its Salt Lake City manufacturing facility.
In Ogden, jet engine manufacturer Williams International operates one of the most modern and efficient gas turbine design-to-production operations in the world. The company produces jet engines for corporate aircraft manufacturers like Cessna, SyberJet, Pilatus and Beechcraft, as well as military missile systems. In Clearfield, ATK's Aerospace Structures division has grown its contract with Airbus to manufacture and supply composite stringers and frames for the Airbus A350 XWB -1000 variant aircraft. ATK has already delivered more than 10,000 parts to Airbus.
In Salt Lake City, Northrup Grumman builds and tests navigation systems, gyroscopes and accelerometers for commercial and military aircraft from its new, 52,000 square-foot Navigation Systems Division. The facility is home to an engineering, manufacturing and support staff of about 750 workers. Near the Salt Lake International Airport, Boeing operates a fabrication and assembly operation that employs 575 workers. Meanwhile, production is expected to begin later this year at the company's new 19-acre manufacturing center, where Boeing will build composite horizontal stabilizer parts for the 787-9 Dreamliner.
Rockwell Collins, located in the University of Utah Research Park, has a long, successful history of developing advanced simulation solutions for both military and commercial aerospace applications. By applying its expertise in simulation systems, the company has developed next generation CORE™ simulation architecture, which leverages advanced technologies and a modular design to maximize life cycle value and enhance training effectiveness. A highlight of the CORE simulation architecture is a highly configurable tool suite that provides the freedom to easily customize training for multiple situations.
In Park City, Triumph Gear Systems manufactures and supports power drive and actuation systems for commercial aviation and military applications. In Provo, Duncan Aviation operates a full-service maintenance facility that provides avionics, accessory, engine and airframe technical support for government, business and other service providers.
Earlier this year, actor Morgan Freeman, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a crowd of about 400 people gathered in Cedar City to celebrate the ground breaking of SyberJet Aircraft's 30,000 square-foot completion and delivery center. Situated at the Cedar City Regional Airport and adjacent to the headquarters of SyberJet's parent company, MSC Aerospace, the completion center will serve as SyberJet's primary focal point for customer interface, including marketing, sales, customer service, pilot training and aircraft delivery.
Together with Metalcraft Technologies, another MSC Aerospace subsidiary, this family of aerospace companies is producing the world's fastest and longest range light business jet, the SyberJet SJ30. The company also supports the manufacture and assembly of aircraft components for many leading commercial and military customers and expects to grow its Utah workforce to approximately 1,200 people over the next decade.
Wright says Utah's core aerospace and defense competencies include production of composite materials, electronics and communication systems. The composite materials, which are made of woven fiber and resin and produce products that are stronger and lighter than most metals, have become integral to the state's supply chain. Because advanced composite materials are becoming increasingly essential to aviation and numerous other applications, the state is looking for ways to help build redundancy into the supply chain and help material suppliers and manufacturers share some of the development risks along with the tooling and handling.
"My office is also working very hard to assist in workforce development, to help train the workforce of tomorrow for the growing opportunities in commercial and military aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, space operations, satellite systems delivery and all of the necessary support structure," says Wright. "Utah is in a unique position because of the strength of the aerospace and defense companies that are here, the expertise we have, the supply chain, the growth of the industry and the endless opportunities that are developing. This is a great time to be located in Utah, and the future is bright."
Investor Spotlight: Kane County
An EDCUtah investor since 2009, Kane County is rich in diversity, business opportunities, tourism and sporting events. From Sept. 21-27, the county seat of Kanab will be the central hub for the Grand to Grand Ultra, a 170-mile footrace beginning at the awe-inspiring North Rim of the Grand Canyon and finishing on the summit of the Grand Staircase.
Kelly Stowell, Kane County's director of the Center for Education, Business and the Arts, says the grueling footrace traverses the high desert landscape, navigates slot canyons and spans some of the most remote parts of North America. If that weren't challenging enough, runners have to haul their own food, water and sleeping gear from start to finish.
Recreational tourism is a huge part of the county's economy, but entrepreneurs are increasingly finding the location favorable for business. Thanks to the rollout of a high-speed fiber network to homes and businesses in Kanab, companies are able to open shop in this place of inspiration, yet work all over the world. The location has also become a popular spot for product companies to film commercials, and Stowell says the county is enjoying the economic impact.
Kane County participates in a wide variety of EDCUtah events, including the Quarterly Investor Update meetings, the annual meeting and the Community Match Grant Program. Thanks to a recent match grant, the county was able to produce a relocation guide it uses to recruit small businesses to the area. "EDCUtah has been really supportive of us, and we appreciate it," says Stowell. For more on Kane County, visit kane.utah.gov.
EDCUtah Quarterly Investor Update meeting (222 Main St. 15th Floor, Salt Lake City)
Uintah Basin Energy Summit (Vernal) Register here.
Utah League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference (Salt Lake City Sheraton)
US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention (Grand America Hotel)
EDCUtah Annual Meeting. Dan Rather will be the Keynote speaker. (Grand America Hotel)
Corporate Alliance Women's Summit (Snowbird)
Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (Orlando) Please contact Marcie Young Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-323-4242 for information about participating in the Utah Pavilion with EDCUtah and GOED.
Girl Scouts of Utah hosts the Girl Scout National Convention (Salt Lake City)
Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame (Grand America Hotel)
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Aug. 21, 2014
In the News
Logan ranks no. 4 in Forbes' list of "Best Places for Business and Careers"
Logan places fourth out of 100 in Forbes' latest ranking of the "Best Places For Business And Careers." (Forbes)
Utah job growth hits highest mark in 2014
Utah's economy is growing at its fastest rate so far in 2014, and the unemployment rate is holding steady, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services last week. The state posted a strong job growth rate of 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs over the past 12 months.
(Utah Policy) (Salt Lake Tribune) (Utah Business)
Utah jobless rate at 3.6 percent
The number of working Utahns increased significantly last month compared with the same period last year.
Goldman Sachs expecting to add 350 jobs in Salt Lake City
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) has extended an incentive offer to the Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in consideration for the company's plan to create up to 350 additional jobs over the next 20 years.
(Utah Business) (Utah Pulse)
Overstock.com plans to add 333 IT jobs
Overstock.com has announced plans to bring 333 IT jobs to Salt Lake County over the next 10 years. The jobs were previously contracted out of state. The company has signed an incentive agreement with the Governor's Office Economic Development.
(Utah Business) (Area Development)
Sugar House streetcar drawing business, not riders
The new Sugar House streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build.
(Salt Lake Tribune)
St. George innovators win R&D grant for medical device
Witting Innovations, a St. George-based mechanical and bio-engineering design firm, was recently awarded a $150,000 Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Health to work on a device that tests and refines data for a critical surgical monitor.
Utah County officials: We need more freeways
As the Utah Transportation Commission rotates its monthly meetings around the state, it usually takes a few minutes to hear concerns from local officials. That stretched to two hours last week as a parade of worried northern Utah County officials begged for new freeways and other road projects to handle exploding growth there.
(Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah Global Forum helps businesses export to Mexico
With 95 percent of eligible customers outside of the United States, the Utah Global Forum will spark an interest in Utah companies who want to reach beyond local borders to Mexican customers.
Provo comes in 2nd in Outside Magazine's 'Best Town' competition
Readers of Outside Magazine had the opportunity to cast their vote in Outside's 2014 Best Towns Competition, and one of Utah's favorite towns, Provo, emerged as a finalist.
Tempus Global Data and LSI form deal to sell weather data to Federal government
Tempus Global Data, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Logistic Specialties, Inc. to sell weather data to the United States government. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Drones set to hover in the Box Elder west desert
Drones are on the horizon here. Box Elder County has been approved for a $200,000 grant to develop a testing range for the remote-controlled, GPS-equipped, camera-bearing aircraft known mostly for their precision bombing work in Middle East conflicts.
Outlook brightens for old Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay
Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle's expectations are building that the old Cottonwood Mall site will be revitalized soon. Fueling his optimism is a recent commitment by Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres to establish a 10-screen, 2,300-seat complex – complete with an IMAX screen – in the 57-acre mixed-used project being redeveloped by Howard Hughes Corp.
(Salt Lake Tribune)
Salt Lake City seeks to legalize commercial rideshares like Lyft, Uber
The future is here, and so the law must change. That's the sentiment at City Hall as Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council wrestle with legalizing so-called transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft.
(Salt Lake Tribune)
New grant money helps combat air pollution
SmartTrips was one of this year's recipients of a grant from the Utah Clean Air Partnership, which has announced that another round of funding is available via applications that must be submitted by Oct. 1.
Salazar, sportsmen chide states' public lands movement
A states' rights, public lands movement with its genesis in Utah was blasted by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week as an effort that threatens to undo the successes of American conservation policy.