June 1, 2012

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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

June 1, 2012

Lindon - ACCESSDATA was chosen by the OFFICE OF DEFENDER SERVICES, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS, to be the legal evidence review platform for all federal defender organizations (FDOs) in the United States. This partnership covers all districts in which there are FDOs (91 of the 94 Federal Districts) for all of their attorneys and staff. In addition, FDOs and private attorneys who accept Criminal Justice Act appointments will be eligible to access the system via AccessData’s cloud solution to support multi-party/multi-defendant review for select complex cases.

Provo - VIVINT launched the Vivint Secondary Panel, which enables increased accessibility to the smart home features managed through the Go!Control panel, the heart of Vivint’s home automation system. Vivint customers now have the option for increased access to their system’s functions through these secondary, in-home touch-screen control panels, which can be placed strategically throughout the home, giving users additional points of access.

American Fork - THE SWEET TOOTH FAIRY won in a recent episode of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. It received $10,000 and the opportunity to have its winning creations featured at the cast party following the Los Angeles premiere of the Rock of Ages national tour.

Adobe Campus Halfway Finished, Will House 1,000 Employees

Lehi - The steel, glass and concrete monolith rising along I-15 in east Lehi was born out of lofty aspirations.

With open workspaces, a good view, large park-like green spaces equipped with wifi, an on-site cafeteria and workout facilities, environmentally friendly design and access to public transit, the new ADOBE building was made to “be a real campus that exudes Adobe culture,” says John Mellor, vice president of business development and corporate strategy.

Growth of the company’s digital marketing group drove the need for expansion, Mellor says. Omniture had been casually looking for more space for a few years, but when Adobe acquired Omniture in 2009, a building upgrade made even more sense.

Adobe broke ground on its new facility at 3750 N. Frontage Road in Lehi in late September 2011 and expects to be finished in November.

Adobe currently employs 800 people in the state. When its new campus is finished, it plans to have about 1,000 employees in Utah. The jobs cover a variety of fields from computer engineers to finance to marketing. “There’s such a rich workforce here (in Utah),” Mellor says.

The building will house both the digital marketing and digital media units, says Wade Sherman, lead counsel for digital marketing. “It’s cool because you can attract talent from all these different walks of life.”

Mellor says having a building that is visually beautiful, state of the art and enhances work-life balance is a big tool in recruitment.

When finished, the campus will meet LEED gold certification, and will meet platinum certification a few years after.

People want to work for companies that are socially responsible, environmentally responsible,” Sherman says.

Adobe is even using the heat from the equipment in the building, like servers, to warm the building during colder months.

In addition to the estimated $5 million a month the construction of the building is putting into the Utah economy, the jobs it will bring are “family-sustaining jobs,” says Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager for digital marketing. Adobe’s Utah jobs pay 175 percent of the Utah County average wage.

Northern Area

Ogden - An affiliate of SUN CAPITAL PARTNERS, INC. acquired CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, INC. CornerStone is a nutritional supplement manufacturer that develops, produces and packages more than 500 different capsule, tablet and specialty powder products for its customers.

Logan - THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC. launched the Thermo Scientific HyPerforma Single-Use Bioreactor TK, an integrated system that combines the company’s single-use bioreactor technology with a robust controller platform that enhances functionality and greatly reduces setup times before each production run.

Tremonton - MOM BRANDS invested in a more sustainable and efficient lighting program at its Tremonton cereal plant. The energy-saving renovation entailed upgrading and retrofitting all interior and exterior lighting. It also included the implementation of lighting controls to dramatically reduce the energy required to light the facility, while significantly improving overall light quality and quantity, resulting in a “lighter and brighter” work environment.

Ogden - WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY hosted the 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Approximately 175 WSU students were among those presenting their original research, scholarly and creative projects. Chosen as the 2012 conference site through a competitive bidding process, WSU was selected because of its long history of actively supporting and taking a leadership role in undergraduate research.

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