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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

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Park City - RESORTS WEST launched its Mountain Adventure Travel Package. The summer package includes a mountain bike tour along the Wasatch Crest Trail, the Utah Olympic Park’s bobsled track, and a 60-second freefall and parachute ride after skydiving above the mountains. Guests can modify the package to their ability and thrill-seeking level, choosing different biking terrain or even a scenic hike.

Park City - RED LEDGES, a premier tennis, golf and four-season recreational community, launched its Cliff Drysdale Tennis School. The Red Ledges facility will be the first high-altitude tennis school offered by Cliff Drysdale, U.S. Open doubles champion and ESPN commentator. The school will include private lessons, group clinics, community tournaments and international exhibitions.

Deer Valley - DEER VALLEY RESORT expanded its summer mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift operations for the summer 2011 season. The resort will run the Ruby Express chairlift from the Empire Canyon Lodge area. The resort is also building the Road to Ruby, an approximate four-mile connecting trail from Bald Mountain to the Flagstaff Mountain area, and is adding an intermediate trail system in the Flagstaff Mountain area.


Cedar City - FLYING J AUTO PLAZA was sold to SINGH PETRO INC. The renamed Cedar City Travel Plaza has rebranded from a Flying J to a TEXACO. MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION funded the project in conjunction with the SBA. Neil Walter of NAI UTAH SOUTH represented the buyer and the seller in the transaction.

Escalante - The ESCALANTE HERITAGE/HOLE-IN-THE-ROCK CENTER AND MUSEUM was recently dedicated. Locals have worked for 20 years to build the facility to preserve and promote the cultural history of the Escalante area.

St. George - ST. GEORGE FIRE STATION NO. 8 located at 1096 Bluegrass Way in the Sun River community, celebrated an open house. The new $1.5-million dollar station will be staffed by nine full-time firefighters. The two-acre facility was built by general contractor VELOCITY CONSTRUCTION. MESA CONSULTING provided the architectural services, VAN BOERUM & FRANK provided the mechanical, plumbing and electrical design, and LANDMARK performed the geotechnical testing and engineering.

Cedar City - GENPAK, a manufacturer of foodservice packaging items, expects to invest more than $22 million in a new plant and equipment in Cedar City. The new project will generate 125 new jobs over the next five years and will offer an average pay of nearly 150 percent of the Iron County average wage.

St. George - Southern Utah’s Concepts to Company competition named the following companies winners in the contest: NEWMAN TECHNOLOGY, CUMULUS and QUANTUM INGENUITIES. Each company was awarded cash and services to help turn their concepts into companies.

St. George - ROBERT JUDD AUTO SALES moved to 1058 E Highland Drive. The new location will provide the dealership with higher exposure and room for additional vehicle inventory. Jon Walter at NAI UTAH SOUTH assisted the landlord and tenant with the lease at the new location.

First Wind Begins Commercial Operations

Millard - FIRST WIND, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, announced that the construction of the 102 megawatt (MW) Milford Wind Corridor Phase II (Milford II) project has been completed and commercial operations have begun. Located in the counties of Millard and Beaver, the Milford Phases I and II are the two largest wind energy projects in Utah.

The 102 MW project, which features 68 1.5 MW GE turbines, is located north of the 204 MW Milford Wind Corridor Phase I project (Milford I). At 306 MW, the combined output of Milford I and II has the capacity to generate enough energy to power up to 64,000 homes.

The Milford Wind project has been an ongoing source of jobs, business activity and tax revenue for Millard, Beaver and adjacent counties. Milford II supported about 200 on-site construction jobs during peak months. Additionally, First Wind and RMT hired many Utah-based subcontractors, suppliers and local businesses. The combined 306 MW facility will support 20 full-time, on-site operations and maintenance jobs.

“The local communities in Millard and Beaver counties have benefited in so many ways from the Milford Wind projects,” says Millard County Commissioner Daron Smith. “Through direct spending or local subcontractors, this development has been an economic benefit for our towns, while also helping our environment. Southern Utah has tremendous potential for generating renewable power and these types of projects send the right message to our young people.”

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