Salt Lake Valley

March 12, 2014

Salt Lake City – JAYBIRD introduced Reign at the International CES in January. Reign is a wireless activity tracker that recognizes the entire spectrum of activity the body experiences throughout the day, analyzing distinct movements unique to each activity.

Salt Lake City – ZAGG INC introduced the ZAGG Cover-Fit at the International CES. ZAGG Cover-Fit is a lightweight Bluetooth keyboard designed specifically for the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO.


Salt Lake City – BIG-D CONSTRUCTION was awarded an incentive rebate by its long-time staffing partner, SOS EMPLOYMENT GROUP for safety milestones made within the past year. Big-D received the rebate for reducing the incidence rate for SOS associates hired by Big-D by more than 40 percent.

Salt Lake City – ALICE LANE HOME COLLECTION, a furniture boutique and residential and commercial design firm, announced it will open its second Utah location at TROLLEY SQUARE.

Salt Lake City – ROCKET FIZZ opened its first Northern Utah location at THE GATEWAY. Rocket Fizz stock thousands of kinds of bottled soda pop and candies from around the country.

Salt Lake City – The family-owned CHILDREN’S HOUR BOOKSTORE celebrated 30 years of business in January. Over time, the company has evolved from a bookstore to a boutique that offers women’s and children’s clothing and shoes, along with gift and household items.

Salt Lake City – The OFFICE OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT launched a new public website: The site serves as a hub of information regarding industry news, recent policy changes and new energy developments.

Salt Lake City – Two new tenants signed leases at I-80 CORPORATE CENTER, bringing the building’s occupancy to 100 percent. Both the interior and exterior of the 61,000-square-foot building were recently renovated. Tab Cornelison and Nadia Letey in the Salt Lake office of CBRE represented the landlord, THE BOYER COMPANY, in the transactions.

Salt Lake City – MINDSHARE TECHNOLOGIES added several new clients, including restaurants THE KEG STEAKHOUSE + BAR, ZAXBY’S, CORNER BAKERY CAFE, HÄAGEN-DAZS and JACK IN THE BOX; call centers at CLEARLINK and IGS ENERGY; and retailers BOBOCAT and FOOT LOCKER EUROPE.

Salt Lake City – VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS is expanding its existing Salt Lake City operation, a move estimated to lead to the creation of 1,000 full-time jobs over the next 15 years. Varian is a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The expansion of the Utah facility will add 120,000 square feet to the existing 341,000-square-foot building.

Tooele – CABELA’S announced plans to operate a distribution center in Tooele County. Cabela’s entered into an agreement with the state to create approximately 250 jobs, 85 of which will pay at least 100 percent of Tooele County’s average annual wage including benefits.

Salt Lake City – Medical technology company OTTOBOCK plans to expand its existing manufacturing and R&D center in Utah, adding 80 new jobs to the state in the coming years. Ottobock, based in Germany, manufactures advanced prosthetic devices and other mobility devices.

Salt Lake City – POC, a manufacturer of snow and cycling helmets, apparel, and accessories, partnered with Volvo Car Group to explore new ideas to fuel safety and design innovation. POC is a subsidiary of BLACK DIAMOND.

Salt Lake City – Utah’s first lice clinic, HAIR MAIDENS, opened in downtown Salt Lake. The clinic treats people infested with head lice using the FDA-cleared AirAllé—a medical device used worldwide and developed by biologists at the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH.

Salt Lake City – Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and more than 400 business and community leaders and economists launched the ECONOMIC CLUB OF UTAH, an association of economists, business professionals and public policy analysts intended to provide a forum to share research, data and analysis important to the success of the Utah economy.

Draper – 1-800 CONTACTS was acquired by private equity firm THOMAS H LEE PARTNERS, L.P. from WELLPOINT, INC., which sold 1-800 CONTACTS in order to focus more on its health insurance services during changes to the national healthcare system.

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