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Brady says having Sandy as the company headquarters is advantageous because the majority of the employees are centrally located. He also points out that one of the main screen printing companies Del Sol uses is in Salt Lake County, which makes the frequent trips there so much easier. Being closer to Salt Lake International Airport also factored in the move from Provo to Sandy.

Business clients, customers and other visitors to the city can also count on first-class accommodations and activities during their stay. Such favorable treatment is also a selling point for Del Sol to its clients that might be visiting from out of state.

“It’s great access for visitors and locals,” Brady says. “There are a lot of restaurants and retail. There are clean, safe and wonderful hotels. A lot of our clients find good accommodations and rest when they come into town.”

Both Brady and Rindlisbacher note that Sandy is a popular choice for hotel reservations and restaurant and retail patronage for out-of-town skiers.

A Bright Future
Sandy’s healthy business environment is one reason why sporting goods retailer Scheels selected the city for its newest location. “Scheels is thrilled to be coming to Utah, and this location in Sandy,” says Steve D. Scheel, CEO. “We have been studying this market for more than 10 years and we love the overall demographics of the market combined with the opportunity in all aspects of our business.” Scheduled to open in October 2012, the 220,000-square-foot Scheels development will showcase Utah’s largest selection of sports, sportswear and footwear.

So what other exciting developments are on the horizon for Sandy? Envision Utah Director Alan Matheson has high hopes for continued growth and prosperity.

Echoing the sentiments of Sandy business leaders Rindlisbacher, Ipaktchian and Brady, Matheson believes the city’s excellent location, the strong leadership of Mayor Tom Dolan and other city leaders, along with the appealing services throughout the city, will keep Sandy vibrant and flourishing for years to come.

“The [city] leadership recognizes that a strong business community is important for the community overall,” Matheson says.

In addition to his role as director of Envision Utah, which brings together residents, elected officials and other interested parties to help make decisions about how Utah communities should grow, Matheson is a member of the Sandy Planning Commission. From this perspective, he says the Sandy business community is truly a community. He has witnessed cooperation among businesses and their leaders, and he has seen groups of people work together to make Sandy a great place to live, work and play.

“The business community has been supportive, invested time and shared ideas,” he says. “To be successful, any city has to have that combination. The business community is a big asset; we want to build a community as a good place to live. We want a sense of common purpose. We sensed a lot of people recognize the need to provide a range of opportunity. Sandy has worked hard to provide that option.”

Matheson also highlights the developments and additions of Rio Tinto Stadium—which has brought not only Real Salt Lake but football, rugby and high school state championship soccer—the South Towne Expo Center, South Towne Mall and Jordan Commons, which he says is one of the most visited theaters in the country. He’s also excited for the prospects of the Sandy Civic Center.

“We see a tremendous potential for the Sandy Civic Center,” he says. “There is a broad commitment to make the civic center a source of pride. It can be recognized not only in Utah but around the country.”

And Matheson promises that other major projects to keep Sandy prosperous are on the way.

“There’s a lot more to come,” he says.


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