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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

September 1, 2012

Salt Lake City – ZAGG INC introduced ZAGGprivacy, a protective film that provides visual data security for handheld electronics. The ZAGGprivacy screen film protects gadgets from dust, dings and scratches, and features a four-way privacy filter that provides 360-degree screen protection in both landscape and portrait orientations.

Salt Lake City – COMMERCE REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS negotiated the purchase of seven acres of land by SAVAGE SERVICES at the mixed-use development of View 72, located at 7200 South just west of I-15. View 72 is a joint venture project between GARDNER COMPANY and ARBOR COMMERCIAL and spans 100 acres. The purchase will enable Savage Services to build the first of two planned buildings for its global headquarters.

Salt Lake City – BLACK DIAMOND, INC. completed the acquisition of POC Sweden AB. POC will join Black Diamond Equipment and Gregory Mountain Products as the third discrete company operating from Black Diamond’s outdoor equipment and lifestyle platform.

Salt Lake City – PENNA POWERS BRIAN HAYNES (PPBH) won three Telly Awards for its creativity in broadcast, online, and theater ad concept and production. PPBH earned bronze awards for HENRY WALKER HOMES’ “Henry Has It” theater spot, Nevada Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities “Crash” TV spot, and PRIMARY CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER and UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’s Zero Fatalities Boost Til 8 “Kyle’s Story” internet/online commercial.

West Jordan – MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION won five awards at the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) conference in Seattle, Wash. Mountain America’s MyStyle Checking campaign earned three of the MAC honors, including a gold award for print ads and silver for comprehensive campaign as well as broadcast and video. Mountain America also won bronze for electronic marketing and for social media.

Salt Lake City – BOART LONGYEAR received the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its Salt Lake City manufacturing plant. The SHARP award is granted to companies that maintain an exemplary safety and health management system.

Salt Lake City – The MGIS COMPANIES, INC. (MGIS) sold its medical-professional liability insurance retail brokerage unit, MGIS P&C. The MGIS P&C East and West business unit accounts and in-force policies have been purchased by two separate buyers: DOCTORS FIRST, INC. and HUB INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

Salt Lake City – MINDSHARE TECHNOLOGIES’ iPhone app has been enhanced to include the functionality of the company’s online dashboard reports. The new app is designed to effectively provide real-time customer feedback and management tools to all levels of a company—from the local manager to the executive offices—directly through a mobile device.

Salt Lake City – USANA hosted its 20th International Convention at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. USANA has been in the Utah community for 20 years and has grown to 18 markets internationally.

Utah Physicists Invent “Spintronic” LED
Salt Lake City – UNIVERSITY OF UTAH physicists invented a new “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices.

“It’s a completely different technology,” says Z. Valy Vardeny, University of Utah distinguished professor of physics and senior author of a study of the new OLEDs in the July 13, 2012 issue of the journal Science. “These new organic LEDs can be brighter than regular organic LEDs.”

The Utah physicists made a prototype of the new kind of LED—known technically as a spin-polarized organic LED or spin OLED—that produces an orange color. But Vardeny expects it will be possible within two years to use the new technology to produce red and blue as well, and he eventually expects to make white spin OLEDs.

Invention of the new spin OLED was made possible by another device, an “organic spin valve,” an invention Vardeny and colleagues reported in the journal Nature in 2004. The original spin-valve device could only regulate electrical current flow, but the researchers expected they eventually could modify it to also emit light, making the new organic spin valve a spin OLED.

The whole device is 300 microns wide and long—or the width of three to six human hairs—and a mere 40 nanometers thick, which is roughly 1,000 to 2,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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