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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

September 1, 2012

American Fork – Deluxe Corporation acquired ORANGESODA, INC. The acquisition is expected to generate approximately $15 million in incremental revenue. OrangeSoda employs approximately 175 people and will continue to be headquartered in American Fork.

Lehi – XANGO, LLC was awarded the 2012 ETHOS Award in the Wellness Sub-category with its FAVAO by XANGO total lifestyle reset program, and it was named a Product Innovation category finalist by the Direct Selling Association (DSA). ETHOS Awards are given annually to DSA member companies with programs that empower independent direct sellers and fuel business processes.  

Provo – VITALSMARTS released the fourth edition of Crucial Conversations Training, one of the training industry’s leading courses in teaching high-leverage skills to improve dialogue, relationships and bottom-line organizational results. The two-day training course is based on extensive research including 10,000 hours examining thousands of opinion leaders in team meetings, high-stakes discussions and face-to-face confrontations.

Provo – VIVINT SOLAR expanded its availability to residents in Hawaii. Vivint Solar customers save money on energy through the company’s power purchase agreement (PPA), in which customers agree to purchase the power their solar panels generate at a cost significantly less than a typical power bill. In exchange, Vivint designs, installs and maintains the system with no out-of-pocket costs.

UVU Breaks Ground on Student Life and Wellness Building
Orem – UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY broke ground on the construction of the new Student Life and Wellness Building and a parking structure, a pair of facilities that together will add 323,494 square feet of space to the heart of UVU’s Orem campus.

The Student Life and Wellness Building will house a host of student-oriented educational and wellness resources, while the parking structure will provide six levels of parking stalls.

“This structure will provide an anchor point for students on what is traditionally considered to be a commuter campus,” UVU President Matthew S. Holland says of the new student facility. “Research shows that the more students are engaged with campus life, the more likely they are to reach their educational goals. It will be yet another symbol of UVU’s commitment to student success.”

“We want to provide a collegiate atmosphere that students can have as their own,” says Bob Rasmussen, associate vice president of student life and dean of students. “This building is part of UVU’s program to retain students until they complete their degrees, build school spirit and enhance our existing alumni base.”

The four-story Student Life and Wellness Building will include fitness areas and study and reflection rooms. It will also house new Student Life offices and the Wellness Center.

The parking structure, set to open in July 2013, will be built in conjunction with the Student Life and Wellness Building, which is set for completion in December 2013. The two buildings will be connected by an elevated and enclosed walkway

GSBS ARCHITECTS, based in Salt Lake City and Fort Worth, Texas, teamed up with Niagara Falls, New York-based Cannon Design for the architectural design of the structures. Salt Lake City-based JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION serves as contractor.

Northern Area
Riverdale – UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN UTAH awarded AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION (AFCU) with its 2012 Bravo Award for Excellence in Community Service. AFCU volunteers tutored ninth–grade students at Mt. Ogden Junior High in math.

Ogden – ALLEGIANT announced nonstop jet service between Ogden and Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz. beginning Sept. 20, 2012. The new flights will operate twice weekly between Ogden Airport (OGD) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA).

Lindon – JUMP ON IT celebrated its fifth anniversary by giving the 250,000th customer and his or her family a lifetime membership. For the past five years, Jump On It has provided Utahns with a full-service party facility for events like birthday parties, church groups, corporate events and family reunions.

Ogden – BANK OF UTAH’s new South Ogden branch collected clean, gently used household items, toys and clothing to support a charity yard sale benefitting the HAVE A HEART FOUNDATION, a service arm of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors that is supported by the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association. The two organizations build new homes for special needs families every year in Davis and Weber counties.

Ogden – BANK OF UTAH relocated to 4605 Harrison Blvd. The new, approximately 3,000-square-foot, full-service bank location features a drive-up depository, night drop, safe deposit boxes and an exterior-access ATM. The branch offers retail and business banking, and home lending mortgage services.

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