Top 100 Private Companies
By Sarah Ryther-Francom
December 28, 2011
Though Utah’s fast-growing economy has hit a significant speed bump, many of the state’s companies haven’t hit their brakes. The businesses on our annual list of Top 100 Private Companies are still moving full speed ahead, providing jobs for numerous individuals and pumping dollars into the economy. These companies build your communities, secure your finances and keep you healthy, all while staying on top of their respective industries. Here’s a look at companies that are branding Utah as the place for business.
13. Clyde Companies, Inc.
Clyde Companies, Inc. has played a leading role in building the Beehive State. Though the company was officially formed in 1997 to consolidate the Clyde family’s five business entities—W.W. Clyde and Company, Geneva Rock, Sunroc, Gorge Rock and Beehive Insurance—the Orem-based company has roots extending more than 80 years. And the company’s legacy is strewn throughout the state, with projects like Legacy Parkway, the South Mountain Golf Camp and the recent Redwood Road expansion among its many projects.
From the beginning, each of the Clyde Companies was infused with values that founder W.W. Clyde created: “Our word is our bond, quality products and service at the best value, always give a full measure,” and, “we value people.” Those values serve as each company’s mantra today and have led to Clyde Companies enduring legacy. “Clyde Companies has been successful for more than 80 years through conservative financial management, carefully planned growth and top performing employees who live our core values,” says CEO Wilford W. Clyde.
40. Gastronomy Inc.
In a land-locked state, it’s not an easy feat to get your fresh-fish fix. Leave the task to Gastronomy Inc., a company satisfying numerous Utahns who crave the sea’s freshest catch.
The Salt Lake-based company operates some of the state’s most popular restaurants, including Market Street Grill, recognized as one of the state’s finest seafood restaurants; Oyster Bar, which features eight varieties of oysters daily; Fresh Fish Markets, famous of its take-home clam chowder; and The New Yorker, known as the place to impress out-of-state business clients. Each restaurant offers an elegant, unique ambiance and a world-class menu. But wait, there’s more: Each restaurant flies in hundreds of pounds of seafood delectables daily, sure to satisfy anyone with a hankering for the freshest fish. Not a seafood fan? The restaurants serve up a variety of mouth-watering dishes, delighting those with pickier palates.
Worried about your teen getting behind the wheel? Logan-based inthinc is creating technology that will help you keep a distant eye on your young driver. The company’s tiwi technology allows parents to monitor the speed and braking habits of anyone using their vehicle. The technology aims to teach inexperienced drivers safe driving techniques, with the ultimate goal being to prevent accidents.
That same technology is making strides with professional drivers. With waySmart, commercial fleet and NASCAR drivers can monitor their speeds, and be alerted when speeds are excessive. inthinc’s Witness Incident Data Recorder has also been used in all NASCAR racing series since 2002 to record crash data and improve car and driver safety. According to the inthinc, commercial fleet customers have already seen an 80 percent reduction in annual accidents, translating into millions of dollars saved. The company is currently working on a similar solution for lighter fleets such as delivery, municipalities and over-the-road vehicles.