Around Utah

By Devin Felix

September 9, 2013

The brothers started manufacturing and selling their inventions with the launch of their Layton-based company, TRIBE ONE OUTDOORS. The company took its products to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, where the brothers showcased their goods.

Outdoor Retailer (OR), which just finished its 17th year at the Salt Palace, is the outdoor industry’s largest trade show. It brings in retailers, product designers, journalists and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. This year an estimated 26,500 people attended to check out the roughly 1,300 companies that were exhibited. Among them were many Utah-based companies, including long-established brands like BLACK DIAMOND, PETZL and GREGORY.

“It’s invaluable to be able to have the industry’s flagship trade event in their back yard,” says OR spokesperson Maura Lansford.

Spencer says having a presence at the show was valuable for his young company. Tribe One’s products are carried by a few retailers in Utah, but representatives of retail companies can be an elusive group. It’s often hard to form the kinds of connections that could result in a national retailer deciding to carry your product. Being in the same place as several thousand such representatives makes that process easier.  

Another startup that exhibited last week was POWER PRACTICAL, a Salt Lake City company that makes the Power Pot, a cooking pot with an attached thermoelectric generator. The pot creates electricity that can be used to charge devices such as cell phones or cameras. It was the second OR show for the company, which first attended the winter market earlier this year.

CEO Matt Ford says the product drew a lot of interest at the winter show, but people seemed to be waiting to see if the company would develop beyond just an interesting idea. At their second show people seemed to take them more seriously, Ford says.

Lansford says this year’s summer OR show was roughly comparable in size to last year’s summer show in both the number of exhibitors and visitors. The show added an extra outdoor pavilion this year, which allowed many exhibitors to enlarge their booth space inside the Salt Palace, Lansford says. “It was definitely a success,” she says. “We had really positive feedback from our attendees.”

Outdoor Retailer is scheduled to continue holding its twice-annual shows at the Salt Palace through 2016.

Utah Valley

Springville – Z Capital Partners acquired the minority ownership stake of NEWAYS ENTERPRISES. As a result of the transaction, Z Capital is now the majority controlling shareholder of Neways.      

American Fork – DIALOGUE MARKETING INC. announced plans to merge its three Utah offices into one central location. The office will occupy the entire first floor of building D at the North Pointe Business Park in American Fork.

Orem – DOXTEK INC. acquired RED EAGLE CONSULTING, Inc. The combined team has an expanded engineering team, enhanced technical support and increased product offerings.

Orem – ONE EIGHTY broke ground on a new, 143 - unit independent senior living community at 250 E. Center St. The community will include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Provo – DOJO announced a new coding school called DOJO DEVCAMP. The program teaches students the programming language Python and others during a nine-week training period.

Provo – NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC. received official approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to begin direct selling activities in five additional provinces and 30 districts. The provinces include Anhui, Gansu, Chongqing, Shaanxi and Yunnan.

Orem – H&M plans to open a new location at UNIVERSITY MALL. The store will cover 20,000 square feet.

Provo – BYU BROADCASTING developed video streaming apps for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform and Android mobile devices. The apps are scheduled for release this fall.

Provo – The UTAH VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, the YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY (YEA) and UTAH COUNTY ACADEMY OF SCIENCES launched the Utah Valley YEA! Educational program, which teaches students in grades six through 12 about running a business. 

Lehi – KIRTON MCCONKIE moved its Utah County office from Orem to Thanksgiving Park. The firm occupies 20,500 square feet of the 30,000 square feet in the building.

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Provo – When Garrett Gee was just a 23-year-old freshman at Brigham Young University in 2011, he and two of his classmates created an app and started a company that now has more than 50 million users worldwide.

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