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Around Utah

November 5, 2013


Ogden – WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY’s John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics launched the Hall Global Entrepreneurship program. The program offers a minor in entrepreneurship to students seeking to launch their own business. Students earning a degree in any major—from music to computer science—will be able to gain mentorship and experience to start their own business.

Ogden – R&O CONSTRUCTION was selected to build the Hope Lodge, a 63,000-square-foot home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers who travel to Salt Lake from rural Utah and surrounding states for treatment.

Logan – Public Accounting Report ranked the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY at No. 34 in the nation and its graduate program No. 37.

Ogden – WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY opened its new Wildcat Center for Health Education and Wellness. The 20,000-square-foot expansion cost $8.5 million, which was paid for by a bond from student fee revenue.

Ogden – RICHARDS SHEET METAL WORKS, INC. celebrated its 85th anniversary with an expansion and new machinery. The company increased its capacity from about 70,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet.

Logan – UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY alumnus Jeffrey Clark and his wife, Bonnie Clark, provided a $6 million leadership gift to help establish the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at USU.

Also, two USU professors received a three-year, almost $500,000 grant from the USDA. The grant will be used for materials and to support student researchers.

Tremonton – WEST LIBERTY FOODS, LLC announced plans for a $13 million expansion at its Tremonton facility. Target completion for the expansion is December 2013.

Tremonton – AUTOLIV INC. produced its one billionth airbag initiator at its Tremonton facility. The company held a ceremony attended by employees and local and state government officials.


ALAN HALL was re-elected chair of the Weber State University Board of Trustees, and KEVIN SULLIVAN was elected vice chair. Hall is chairman of MarketStar and founder of Grow Utah Ventures. Sullivan is a retired Air Force major general.

PRESTON WARD retired as Cache County surveyor after 39 years working for the county. With his retirement, the Cache County Surveyor’s Office closed after more than a century in an effort to cut costs.

Pepperidge Farm Completes $45M Expansion

Richmond – PEPPERIDGE FARM celebrated the completion of a $45 million expansion to its manufacturing facility in Richmond. The occasion marked the start of production on a new Goldfish cracker line.

“Sales of Goldfish crackers continue to grow consistently, and expanding our production capacity is critical for us to stay ahead of this demand,” says Pepperidge Farm President Irene Chang Britt.

In addition to the new Goldfish cracker line, the expansion added new technology and production capabilities to the site in Richmond, which is Pepperidge Farm’s only manufacturing facility west of the Rocky Mountains. The expansion added 94,000 square feet to the existing 225,000 square foot site.

In Richmond, Pepperidge Farm currently produces around 60 million pounds of cookies, crackers and frozen products each year.


Heber City – CAFÉ RIO MEXICAN GRILL opened its 24th Utah location at 75 W. 1000 South. The Heber opening marks the company’s 65th Mexican grill location nationally.

Heber City – REAL FOODS MARKET, an organic grocery and health food store based in Heber City, opened its first Salt Lake County location in Sugar House. It is the company’s fourth Utah location.

Park City – Gourmet food retailer A LOCAL TABLE partnered with catering company ELLIE’S to share a kitchen off Bonanza Drive.

Park City – The PARK CITY AREA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION held its first “Dine-Around,” a weeklong event featuring three-course dinners from favorite area restaurants at a discount.

Park City – FLIGHT BOUTIQUE, a high-end clothing retailer, moved to 562 Main Street.

Roosevelt – J&R CONSTRUCTION acquired Wyoming-based JWright Companies. J&R offers a variety of oil and gas field services, including building locations, roads and tank batteries, as well as laying pipelines and roadways.


Skullcandy appointed JASON HODELL as chief financial officer. Hodell was most recently CFO at Shopzilla. Before that, he was CFO and COO of Move Networks.

DUANE SCHMIDT resigned after serving as mayor of Coalville since 2006. He plans to move to Ivins in Southern Utah.

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