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Sarah Cutler

February 1, 2012

Logan - Apple Inc. granted EK EKCESSORIES, INC. a license agreement approval for use of the iPhone, iPod and iPad icons for the iCat line of lanyards and leashes.

Clearfield - LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC. received the Greatest Contributor Award from the Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance. The award is given annually to a company that has contributed heavily to expanding and growing entrepreneurial activity in Northern Utah.

Logan - UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY’s vehicle electrification spin-out company, WAVE, INC., received a federal grant to reduce transit system energy consumption by electrifying a bus route on the University of Utah campus.

Ogden - FIRST DATA CORPORATION and TRANSPORTATION CLEARING HOUSE (TCH) completed a merger and created a joint venture company. First Data contributed its EFS transportation services business to the new venture with TCH. The joint venture creates a payment card provider to the transportation industry.

Layton - VANGUARD RESOURCES chose UPTURN SOLUTIONS software to help renovate Air Force Village. Upturn Solutions’ CMMS software, Sprocket, helped Vanguard effectively manage the materials and maintenance process to demolish and rebuild a 60,000-square-foot community consisting of 38 cottages and an adjacent 30,000-square-foot facility.

Syracuse - DOLLAR LOAN CENTER opened its fifth Utah store in downtown Syracuse, the first in Davis County. The new location is 1588 S. 2000 West.

Logan - MARCUS & MILLICHAP REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT SERVICES arranged the sale of Armor Storage of Logan, a 479,160-square-foot self-storage facility. The asset commanded a sales price of $7.2 million.

Brigham City - COOL ANGLE LLC developed a patented technology for directionally reflective roofing products. When installed, the top side of the shingle granules is highly reflective toward the sun, and the bottom side facing the street level has a more traditional appearance. By reflecting more heat from the sun, homes and buildings are able to maintain a lower internal temperature, which decreases the need for air conditioning and energy consumption.

Layton - The Hyperbaric & Wound Center at DAVIS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER achieved national accreditation. One of only six accredited hyperbaric facilities in Utah, the Hyperbaric & Wound Center at Davis Hospital treats patients with chronic, non-healing or difficult wounds with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other wound treatment options.

Farmington - STEPHEN’S GOURMET COCOA introduced two new flavors in 2011, Mexican Chocolate and Caramel Mocha. In the last 23 years, more than 30 million pounds of Stephen’s hot chocolate have been sold, reaching all 50 states and extending throughout the world into such regions as Thailand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Ogden - CERRO WIRE LLC had 15,000 feet of its wire used in the house that was featured on the ABC network’s hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in December 2011. The home required 15,375 feet of wire and it took more than an hour to open all the packages that arrived in several truckloads.

Davis County – The DAVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE recently honored five Davis County-based businesses during its annual Business Awards Banquet. FUTURA INDUSTRIES was named Business of the Year. INSTAFIRE received the Innovation Award. SOUTH DAVIS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL was named Employer of the Year. PARC received the Entrepreneurial Spirit award. CANDLE WARMERS was named the area’s Small Business of the Year.

Lifetime Products Acquires Emotion Kayaks

Clearfield - Sporting goods manufacturer LIFETIME PRODUCTS acquired the assets of Pennsylvania-based Emotion Kayaks, including its intellectual property, trademark portfolio, manufacturing equipment, inventory and retailer contracts. Kayak products previously distributed by Emotion Kayaks will be manufactured at Lifetime’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Clearfield.

“With the recent tax incentive from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development we received to expand our manufacturing capabilities in Utah, we will be expanding our blow-molding facilities,” says Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson. “These new facilities will be used to manufacture more kayaks to meet demand for this growing product line.”          

Thomas Strauss, president of Emotion Kayaks, will be joining the Lifetime team and will play a key role in the transition. The kayak product addition will complement Lifetime’s water sports lineup, which currently includes sit-inside, sit-on-top, tandem and youth kayaks, as well as paddleboards. With the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks, Lifetime will be one of the largest kayak manufacturers in the world.
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