April 1, 2012

Cover Story

Student 25

The Rules To be eligible for Student 25 consideration, a company must:...Read More

Featured Articles

Around Utah

Abby Albrecht


Around Utah
Christopher M. Lee


Legal Briefs
Private Party M&A Outlook

Money Talk
Strategic Giving

Economic Insight
A New City

Lessons Learned
Growing Pains

Level Up

Calculated Risk

Business Trends
Count Us In

Living Well
Taking the Plunge

Editor's Note
Utah’s Legacy of Innovation Continues

State of Fraud

On the Horizon

Innovation Awards

Industry Outlook

Special Report
It’s a Wrap

Special Report
Strictly Business

Special Report
Employment Law



Utah Business Staff

April 1, 2012

Part of it has to start with us and with this generation, because parents have a significant amount of influence in what their children do and where they go to school and how they view the world. It behooves all of us to look at the language that we use as we talk to our own children and our neighbors’ kids. It’s an important part of this.

BRIGHTWELL: We need to be realistic about who we are as a state. For our small portion of projects—I mentioned 190—over 50 percent of them are manufacturing based, so it’s a reality of who we are in Utah. Those also bring stability to our economy because they represent energy, food manufacturing, composites and metal manufacturing, aerospace, paper manufacturing, plastic, chemical, wood, defense, life sciences. Those are all projects that we’re working on now.

So there is a great opportunity to let our kids know that it is the fabric of what Utah is. When you couple that with the lifestyle that’s here, there is great opportunity.

What keeps you awake at night? What is the one thing you worry about?
BHASKAR: How to keep growing, especially internationally.

BRUCE: We may not be competing against each other, but we are competing. And to remain innovative in the front end, staying out in front of your competition, is something that can keep you up at night. Because I might be doing well, but am I doing good enough or am I really the best?

DICKSON: We have kind of an interesting thing going on right now—we’re getting ready to be sued by the state of California. What’s happened is we put “Made in the USA” on our blender boxes, and we can’t do that anymore. We can be made everywhere in the USA except California. We make our motors here in the United States, we make all of our plastic parts, all of our steel parts, all of our circuit boards. Everything is made in the U.S. except some parts on our circuit board—one-penny resisters and things like that.

The attorneys, who work on a contingency basis for the California Attorney General, will contact you and say, “We’re going to bring a suit. You’ve got to stop putting the American flag on your box because we found a component that’s not made in the United States.” And so then their attorney gets involved with our attorneys and they work out a deal.

FOSTER: They tend to bring these cases in en masse—it’s a racket. They do the same thing with rubber gloves in California. California’s created a lot of legal entrepreneurial concepts. I can’t speak authoritatively to all of them, but it’s a racket.

DICKSON: It’s a class action thing, which is good for us because then other people can’t come in later and do it, as I understand it. So the Attorney General will decide to settle—it’s just a way for the attorneys to make money. What we’re contemplating right now is taking them on. I’ve been on Leno and the Today Show.

California is a horrible place to do business. Why did I move my beautiful family from California? It’s a horrible place to do business. Utah is the best place in the world to do business.

CRAMER: As Todd says, the best economic development agency we’ve got in the state of Utah is the California State Legislature. They’re driving the Tom Dicksons here.


Page 1234567
Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
PR Spring ConferenceUtah Business Event
May 7, 2015
Join your Utah colleagues from Utah Business, PRSA & IABC for this important, 1-day event that in...
30 Women to WatchUtah Business Event
May 21, 2015
Utah Business Magazine along with Snell & Wilmer are proud to announce the 18th annual 30 Women T...
CXO of the Year 2015 - NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!Utah Business Event
Jun 25, 2015
NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN_______DEADLINE TO ENTER: April 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. Nomination Forms ...
Community Events View All
Introduction to Human Resource Management 5-day Certificate Program
Mar 31, 2015
Brand new for 2015! Our newly redesigned Introduction to Human Resource Management Certificate P...
Mar 31, 2015
LEAD is a way to hit the Re-Start Button: a two-day leadership conference featuring 22 hand-selec...

info@utahbusiness.com  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: