Gines Auto Service
Hole in the Ground
On the Rise
David Hoopes: Putting People First
Candice Davis: In the Driver’s Seat
Home Sweet Office
The State of Security
Don’t Stand on the Sidelines
Cutting Through the Haze
Industry Outlook: Higher Education
In the Hot Seat
Losing its Luster
Utah’s Control4 Goes Public
Companies to Watch
Each year, we scour the state looking for promising companies with unique and game-changing products. Here’s a look at some under-the-radar businesses that we think you should keep an eye on. They might just be the next big thing.
Unique factor: Vexxel Composites was founded in 2010 as a sister company to HyperComp Engineering. Vexxel manufactures high-pressure vessels using patent-pending composite technology that gives the vessels the ability to hold 700 liters of liquid instead of the typical 9 liters. “The wealth of knowledge of composite business in Utah is good. We’ve been able to find some broadly skilled people who made our startup easier and more successful,” says Wayne Clark, founder and president.
Future plans: This year, Vexxel is working on producing pressure vessels to support the compressed natural gas market. The company is also working on developing new products for various entities, including the U.S. Navy. The company expects to double its sales in 2014 and continue to increase those sales by at least 30 percent per year for the next seven years.
Origins: When Michael Lundwall decided to evolve his rapid prototyping business and develop an affordable, consumer-model 3D printer, he turned to Kickstarter—and racked up $1.2 million in pre-sales of Rigidbot through a Kickstarter campaign that ended earlier this year.
Unique factor: Invent-a-Part offers its Rigidbot printer for only a few hundred dollars, rather than the tens of thousands it costs to buy a professional model. Similar consumer-level devices cost at least four times as much as Rigidbot. “Our goal is to get this technology out to anyone who wants it. I believe in the next few years there will be one in every home,” says Lundwall.
Unique factor: “We want to be the organization that solves healthcare’s big data problem,” says Angela Bailey, senior vice president of marketing for Remedy Informatics. The company’s data management platform, Mosaic, lets healthcare providers easily track, analyze and share data. This allows physicians to more easily share crucial data on individual patients among the different doctors treating that patient. It also makes it easier for researchers to collaborate and for epidemiologists to spot meaningful patterns in public health.
Growth trajectory: Remedy became profitable about three years ago, and last year its revenues increased by about 300 percent. Some of Remedy’s clients include the Cleveland Clinic, Baylor University, Indiana University and the University of Utah.
Unique factor: ThermImage is developing two medical devices that have no equivalent products in the market, says CEO Doug Turnquist. The AccuCore DTMS can be used by doctors to non-invasively monitor patients’ interior brain temperature during cardiac surgery, which previously had to be inferred from the temperature of other parts of the body. The Thermaflux Scanner can be used to diagnose urinary reflux in children without the need for catheters or other uncomfortable testing methods.
Future plans: The AccuCore DTMS is moving through the FDA’s regulatory process, and ThermImage expects it to be available for sales in 2014. The Thermaflux Scanner is expected to be available in 2015.
Unique factor: VPI Engineering provides professional engineering services, product development, technology design and manufacturing. “We have the capability to take an idea from concept to prototype to full production. We provide cradle-to-grave services,” says Gary Olsen, vice president of business development.
Future plans: VPI has designed products for companies in the commercial, retail, automotive, U.S. government and U.S. military industries. Within the next year, it plans to expand its engineering and manufacturing offerings into more wireless device development. VPI is also mapping out a strategy to double its revenue and size within the next five years.
Unique factor: Revel TV creates custom television channels for hundreds of clients in various industries in 11 different states. “We take care of the whole process for clients, from hardware and software to installation and ongoing content strategy,” says Brian Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO.
Future plans: Revel TV is on track to experience triple-digit growth this year, which it has done every year since its inception. The company’s biggest push in the next few years is to create more strategic relationships with out-of-state resellers. Its goal is to have 1,000 clients nationwide in five years. Revel TV also plans to open more satellite offices around the nation that will focus on localized customer support in areas where the company has a large density of clients.