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February 1, 2011

Salt Lake Area Sandy - FIREHOUSE SUBS held a ribbon cutting at its new location at 10325 S. State Street. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30-9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30-9:00 p.m. Salt Lake City - The federal government has given a big boost to the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH’s College of Architecture + Planning as it prepares to renovate its 40-year-old building into a net zero energy facility, which is a building that generates as much energy as it consumes through renewable power generating systems located onsite. The Department of Energy has selected the project to participate in its highly competitive Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) program, which seeks to improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the United States. Salt Lake City - ASPEN LOGISTICS introduced a new product recall tracking tool that addresses the potential threat to customers of a slow or non-compliant product recall response. Aspen, which is a third-party logistics (3PL) service supplier, operates the supply chains for many large manufacturers in the food, pharmaceutical and pet industries. These industries are susceptible to product recalls and have been placed under scrutiny after a recent rash of tainted products raised calls for an increase in regulations. Aspen created its recall tracking tool with this issue in mind. It will serve as an instrument to retrieve a real-time recall report on MyAspenLive.com. Salt Lake City - AIR TERMINAL GIFTS, a company that operates 16 stores at the Salt Lake International Airport, recently donated $12,000 to the nonprofit NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE. This is the fourth consecutive year Air Terminal Gifts has made a donation to Neighborhood House. The donation is part of a philanthropic effort put forward by the family-owned company to support local nonprofit organizations. Draper - MINDWISE, a full-service marketing agency specializing in non-traditional marketing tactics, has partnered with SEO.COM to offer a full suite of online marketing solutions. Mindwise will continue to offer its core marketing services such as events, guerrilla marketing, promotions, traditional advertising and social media. SEO.com will administer and fulfill all organic search and paid search marketing strategies. Salt Lake City - Six of the nation’s leading health care systems including INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE and MAYO CLINIC announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration to improve health care quality while reducing costs. They joined the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to share data on outcomes, quality and costs across a range of common and costly conditions and treatments. The group will determine best practices for delivering care for these conditions and will rapidly disseminate actionable recommendations to providers and health systems across the United States. Salt Lake City - CRI WORLDWIDE acquired LIFETREE CLINICAL RESEARCH. The combination of CRI and Lifetree creates one of the nation’s largest research organizations focusing on the conduct and design of early stage, patient population clinical trials. This will expand CRI’s clinical pharmacology capacity to more than 120 beds, making CRI one of the largest providers of patient population Phase I services in the United States. The combined organization will provide sponsors access to more than 6 million people while providing a broad range of psychiatry and neurology research products and services at three research sites located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Utah. South Jordan - The 48,000-square-foot Jordan Resource Center for the JORDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT is under construction at 11000 S. 300 West. The facility is being completely funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will serve students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Designed by PASKER GOULD AMES & WEAVER and constructed by COPPER VALLEY CONSTRUCTION, the center will include geothermal heating, efficient thermal wall construction, solar electric panels over much of the roof and wind turbines. PLAYERS DIANNE R. NIELSON, energy advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert, will retire from state government after serving for nearly three decades. Nielson has served as the Governor’s energy advisor since June 2007. The Boyer Company named JAKE BOYER as the president and CEO. Boyer has been the president of the company since July of 2006. He has worked for the company for 16 years and was the project manager for The Gateway. Boyer replaces STEVE OSTLER. Utah State Court Administrator DANIEL J. BECKER appointed RAY WAHL to the position of deputy state court administrator for the Utah State Courts. Wahl replaces MYRON MARCH who retired in December. MICHELLE M. SMITH, vice president of business development at O.C. Tanner, was recently selected by the Incentive Marketing Association to receive its 2010 President’s Award. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals appointed JOHN LAUCK as president and CEO. Lauck most recently served as co-CEO of Mrs. Fields Famous Brands. SelectHealth named BOB WHITE vice president and chief information officer. He has been part of SelectHealth for more than 16 years, overseeing the company’s information systems department. DAN HAIR was named Workers Compensation Fund’s chief risk officer. In this position, Hair will be responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise risk management program. LOIS BAAR, a partner at Holland & Hart, became the second attorney in Utah to be named a fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. --- Utah Valley Orem - UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY’s Noorda Theatre was one of five buildings awarded the top honor from the Utah chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA honors new projects and top architectural firms for their contributions to urban development. The innovative design of the $3 million Noorda Theater allows it to transform its seating configuration from show to show. The theater also houses a mesh lighting grid that is strong enough for actors and technicians to walk on, but capable of “disappearing” once the stage lights come on. The Noorda Theatre also offers classrooms, rehearsal spaces and smaller performance venues. The facility has been one of the first in the nation to integrate video technology, making it possible to archive shows or workshops and instantaneously share them with other professionals across the world. Salt Lake City firm AXIS ARCHITECTS designed the building. Axis Architects and the Noorda Theatre received three of the six design excellence awards given by AIA. Provo - NOVELL has joined the Microsoft Windows Azure Technology Adoption Program to address cloud security challenges through the Novell Cloud Security Service. Microsoft and Novell will work together on pre-release, non-commercial, internal testing and validation of Novell Cloud Security Service on Windows Azure with a goal to deliver a consistent access, security and compliance management framework for applications hosted on Microsoft’s cloud application platform, Windows Azure. Springville - W.W. CLYDE & CO. constructed a $26.6-million roadway, known as the U.S.-93 Twin Falls Alternate Route project. The new road opened nearly four months early to motorists in Twin Falls, Idaho to provide a bypass option for trucks and commercial traffic traveling past Twin Falls. Other road projects recently completed by W.W. Clyde include the Pioneer Crossing and I-15/Beck Street projects in American Fork and North Salt Lake, respectively. Additionally, the firm is currently completing, among other projects, a $19 million pipeline project in Provo for the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. Orem - XACTWARE, a provider of claims estimation and management solutions to the property insurance industry, is among the founders of the Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) new state-of-the-art research center. Located in South Carolina, the research and training facility features a 21,000-square-foot test chamber where IBHS researchers can simulate extreme weather conditions—such as hurricanes, hailstorms and wildfires—to test various residential and commercial construction materials and building techniques. The research center will help improve construction standards and reduce the extent of insurance losses brought on by natural disasters. Springville - NEWAYS has installed its new logo on its global corporate headquarters. The 16-foot-diameter logo is just one piece of a rebranding process that has been underway for some time. PLAYERS AtTask appointed STEVE ERICKSON, partner at SageCreek Partners, to its board of directors; JODY BAILEY as vice president of engineering; and BRYAN D. NIELSON as vice president of product management. SageCreek Partners announced that Managing Partner GREG BUTTERFIELD has joined Allegiance’s board of directors to help develop the company’s ongoing strategy. Prior to founding SageCreek Partners, Butterfield was a group president at Symantec. He also previously served as Altiris’ chairman of the board, president and CEO. Utah Valley University named KENT MILLINGTON to be the first director of technology commercialization. Millington will work to identify and cultivate the area’s entrepreneurial and informational technology properties developed at UVU and throughout the region, and facilitate the transfer of those technologies into commercially viable enterprises. VitalSmarts promoted three leaders, MARY MCCHESNEY, JOHN MINERT and EMILY HOFFMAN to senior management positions. McChesney was promoted to vice president of marketing, Minert to vice president of global channel development, and Hoffman to senior director of client training and employee development. --- Wasatch/Summit Area Park City - DEER VALLEY RESORT was rated the No. 1 ski resort in North America an unprecedented four years in a row the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 issues of SKI magazine. Deer Valley is celebrating its 30th anniversary during 2011. Park City - SUNDANCE INSTITUTE and MAHINDRA GROUP entered into a multifaceted agreement that showcases the commitment to and support of independent cinema around the world. The collaboration allows for the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab which shall become an annual event in India, and the Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to be awarded annually at the Sundance Film Festival. Park City - MONKEY MOUNTAIN, a family activity center, opened at 1526 Ute Blvd. The center includes a 2,000-square-foot indoor playground, which features a 4-tier indoor play structure, two party rooms and a parent’s lounge equipped with free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. Logan - S&S WORLDWIDE repudiates a news report out of Dongguan, China regarding the 4th Dimension roller coaster to be installed in Changzhou, China this year. It was erroneously reported in the Dongguan Today news that a local company in Dongguan is “making” the first 4th Dimension coaster in China. S&S Worldwide is the sole owner of the 4th Dimension coaster technology (through the company’s 2002 acquisition of Arrow Dynamics). Under a contract with Dinosaur Park in Changzhou, S&S Worldwide is currently building a 4th Dimension coaster, arguably the most technologically advanced coaster on the planet. As is typical with coaster and amusement ride projects, S&S is contractually responsible for all aspects of the 4th Dimension coaster, including design, engineering, fabrication, and installation oversight and supervision. PLAYERS Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced that MICHAEL RUZEK has been invited to join the Business Owner Executive Council. Ruzek, who serves as first vice president and financial advisor, has worked at Morgan Stanley since 2008 and has been in the financial services industry since 1999. Stein Eriksen Lodge named ANN GILES SWEISFORD executive pastry chef. Sweisford will oversee the lodge’s renowned dessert and pastry program in the Glitretind Restaurant. JILL LAYFIELD was named CEO of Backcountry.com. Layfield joined the company in 2004, most recently serving as COO. As CEO, Layfield will run the company’s day-to-day operations and lead the company to its goal of becoming the top core gear retailer. --- Northern Logan - For the second year in a row, UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY student researchers will experience zero-gravity flight as they conduct an innovative heat transfer experiment of their own design aboard NASA’s “Vomit Comet.” The USU team’s proposal was among 14 submissions from throughout the nation selected for NASA’s 2011 Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. At least seven students will travel to Houston’s Johnson Space Center in June for astronaut training that will culminate in microgravity flight aboard a specially modified Boeing 727. USU has sent more student-built experiments into space than any other university in the world. Centerville - The DAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS will officially open in February. The $14.5 million, state-of-the-art venue features 540 seats in a multi-stage theatre complex and is home to the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre company, which plans to draw upon local talent to stage Broadway-style performances. The company’s first production was the Broadway musical Hairspray. Ogden - Three innovative research projects at Weber State University have received $84,500 in grant money from the UTAH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program. The projects include a helium-impermeable membrane for use in lighter-than-air craft and weather/high-altitude balloons; a disposable, low-cost autonomous hover vehicle; and a low-sodium fluid and dispenser to reduce pneumonia and chronic lung disease among ventilated intensive care patients. The WSU projects were three of eight awards announced in the latest round of TCG funding. The winners were chosen from a pool of 31 applicants representing seven Utah public universities and colleges. Layton - DICK’S SPORTING GOODS plans to open its second Utah location in the Layton Hills Mall. The new 46,500-square-foot sporting goods store will be located in the former Mervyn’s site. Construction is underway with the opening scheduled for October 2011. Dick’s Sporting Goods has more than 300 locations nationwide; its first Utah store is located at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. Bountiful - The orthopedic services at LAKEVIEW HOSPITAL were ranked No. 1 in the state by HealthGrades, an independent ratings organization that evaluates patient outcomes for 5,000 hospitals. The hospital was also ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for joint hip replacement. The HealthGrades study analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2007 to 2009. The study found that there was an 80 percent lower chance of experiencing complications in a 5-star rated hospital, like Lakeview, than in 1-star hospitals. Clearfield - Local retailer BACKYARDS INC. is officially changing the name of its six stores along the Wasatch Front to Lifetime Store. Backyards is owned by Lifetime Products, and the name change is intended to help customers recognize it as Lifetime’s factory retail store. The name change coincides with Lifetime Product’s 25th anniversary. PLAYERS Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced that MICHAEL RUZEK has been invited to join the Business Owner Executive Council. Ruzek, who serves as first vice president and financial advisor, has worked at Morgan Stanley since 2008 and has been in the financial services industry since 1999. Stein Eriksen Lodge named ANN GILES SWEISFORD executive pastry chef. Sweisford will oversee the lodge’s renowned dessert and pastry program in the Glitretind Restaurant. JILL LAYFIELD was named CEO of Backcountry.com. Layfield joined the company in 2004, most recently serving as COO. As CEO, Layfield will run the company’s day-to-day operations and lead the company to its goal of becoming the top core gear retailer. --- Southern St. George - NAI UTAH SOUTHERN REGION reported that St. George is expected to grow from 79,750 jobs in 2008 to 227,540 jobs by 2030, an increase of 4.88 percent annually. The projected growth was reported in the most recent edition of The New York Times 2011 Almanac. St. George - The ST. GEORGE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (SGU) opened on January 12, 2011. The $159 million state-of-the-art construction, built on 1,203 acres, is nearly five times the size of the area’s former airport, which was unable to support growing demand for interstate travel to the area. Able to accommodate regional jet aircraft, 737s and Airbus 319s, the new SGU will provide access to the majestic national and state parks, year-round golf courses, destination resorts and spas, as well as the local towns that are driving tourism and economic development in the region. St. George - TOWN & COUNTRY BANK reported net income of $97,000 for the quarter ending December 31, 2010. Contributing to the bank’s quarterly profit was a onetime fee earned in conjunction with Town & Country’s acquisition of deposits from Cedar City-based ADB BANK. At year-end, the bank’s assets stood at $68.4 million with net loans of $46.7 million and deposits of $60.7 million. Town & Country Bank will celebrate its third year of operations next month. PLAYERS BRIAN ALLRED joined Wilson Electronics as senior account manager, leading the M2M group. Allred previously worked at Symantec Corporation, where he managed the company’s sales support center. The American Red Cross hired MARGIE WOODRUFF as development and community relations director for the St. George and surrounding areas. Woodruff joins the Utah Region of the American Red Cross to provide relief to victims of disaster and help individuals prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
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