January 11, 2016

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January 11, 2016

Ogden – WHITECLOUDS, a 3D-printing services company, expanded into a new 60,00-square-foot facility and installed 14 additional full-color 3D printers from 3D Systems into its production line. WhiteClouds now has a fleet of 24 full-color printers from 3D Systems, including ProJet 660Pros, ProJet 4500s and a ProJet 860Pro. This expansion more than doubles the company’s full-color printing capacity, making WhiteClouds the largest full-color 3D print services provider in world.

West Haven – The Salt Lake office of CBRE announced that the Tractor Supply building in West Haven has been sold. CBRE represented the seller, HIX SNEDEKER COMPANIES, in the transaction. Located at 2550 S. Street, the Tractor Supply property is a brand new, 21,930-square-foot retail store. The building, located on 4.62 acres, was completed in 2015 and is close to a number of suppliers that make up the retailer’s clientele.

Ogden – The VIEW ON 20TH, a new multifamily housing complex in downtown Ogden, managed by PEG DEVELOPMENT and built by R&O CONSTRUCTION, opened. The one- to two-bedroom units range in size from 785 to 1,449 square feet and the building is located between the Ogden River and the downtown area. Units come with amenities like membership at the adjacent climbing gym, one gigabyte internet service, an adventure park, fire pits, kayaking rentals, a bike washing station and a clubhouse.

Logan – UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY received a donation from REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. for ongoing support at the USU Tooele Regional campus. Current construction efforts underway at the USU Tooele campus include the final phases of the Tooele Science and Technology Building.

Ogden – OGDEN CITY and WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY created a new affiliation with the WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE of Utah called E3. E3 stands for Educate, Empower and Enrich and is an organization that was created to empower women through education to achieve their greatest leadership potential and enrich their communities.

Ogden – WEBER STATE FARMINGTON STATION, a professional education center located at 270 N. East Promontory, opened. The 11,000-square-foot space is home to the new executive Master of Health Administration (eMHA) program, which began enrolling students in fall 2015.

Bountiful – NATURAL GROCERS opened its fourth store in Utah, located at 55 W. 500 South, in Bountiful. Natural Grocers will provide the Bountiful community with fresh produce that is exclusively USDA Certified Organic. The store will feature a mix of national brands and locally grown, raised and manufactured products from Utah in a small, neighborhood market environment. The Bountiful store will also feature a nutritional health coach and offer free nutrition education classes to the public.


San Antonio-based Diligent appointed BRIAN K. WILHOITE, PMP, as director of Hill Air Force Base operations. Wilhoite will be responsible for opening a local Diligent office in Ogden, managing Diligent's current Hill AFB programs and the pursuit of strategic new business opportunities. Prior to joining Diligent, Wilhoite provided assistance to the 309th Software Maintenance Group (SMXG) at Hill AFB for almost a decade.

Teenage Girls Exploring Careers in STEM attend Orbital ATK’s Expand Your Horizons Conference

Clearfield – Parents of 400 teenage girls got up early Saturday to take their daughters to school to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.)

These students, grades six through nine, attended the 15th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science and Mathematics conference held at North Davis Jr. High. The main goal of EYH is to excite young women about STEM careers, where men are still in the majority. At the conference, girls attended three workshops they selected from 23 different choices. These hands-on workshops were taught by women in STEM professions, giving the students a sense of what a career in these fields would be like and providing role models for them.

Kavya Manyapu, a flight test lead with THE BOEING COMPANY, kicked off the event with a keynote speech. Kavya is passionate about human space exploration and building space technologies with a belief in the universal applicability of space research for the betterment of our planet. She encouraged the students to create and commit to a five-year plan.

“Follow your dreams,” said Kavya. “You have to be dedicated to achieving your goals—it is you who has to lay the foundation for reaching your dream, and if you don’t believe in your dreams, nobody else will.”

The workshops spanned a variety of fun activities, including learning what it takes to be a veterinarian, a rocket scientist, a chemist, an engineer and a computer programmer. The girls who attended the EYH conference came from nearly 100 schools throughout Northern Utah.

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