West Valley City 2020-2021 Successes
9 Jan 2022
West Valley City, Utah, continues to be “The City in Motion.” In 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a record-setting $283.5 million in new capital investment was brought in through new industrial buildings, commercial office buildings, and commercial retail buildings. Many were concentrated in the light industrial northwestern corner of the City. New construction, like the Fairbourne Station office tower, the ARA building D, and the new office buildings in the Lake Park Commerce Center were major contributors to this economic boom, continuing the transformation of West Valley City.
West Valley City Economic Optimization Department’s (WVCEOD) facilitation of capital investment is achieved through its work to develop and maintain a diverse and vibrant economic base by supporting current businesses and providing the resources site selectors need for relocation and expansion. While focusing on economic growth, WVCEOD keeps in mind the City’s sense of place, encouraging developers to make buildings attractive with glass fronts and aesthetically pleasing entries.
WVCEOD extensively leverages the City’s location assets to attract investors. In West Valley City, businesses have convenient and easy access to interstates, highways, air transport, and freight rail for superior connections to the entire Intermountain West. Just outside the front doors of many of the industrial buildings is S.R. 201 which connects to Interstates 15 and 80. Salt Lake City International Airport is just 10 minutes away.
ARA Industrial Park Building D
The completed ARA complex, 5 million square feet of new industrial space, represents $189 million in capital investment, not including future tenants. The entire complex followed a 5-year build-out schedule with the first 597,000-square-foot building completed in 2015, and Building D completed in 2021. ARA Building D will be the largest privately held building in the state measuring 897,000 square feet. ARA projects the creation of over 3,000 jobs based on typical tenants from other buildings they own.
Lake Park Commerce Center is located at 4837 W 2400 S. Buildings 1 and 4 total 559,508 square feet and are still partially under construction. Tenants include Thee Weir Group, FB Flurry, Tovala, and Trevco.
- The Weir Group, a 150-year-old company headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global leader in slurry handling equipment and associated aftermarket support for abrasive, high wear applications. Its technology is used in mining, oil and gas, and general industrial markets worldwide to improve safety, efficiency, and sustainability. Weir’s Utah expansion is projected to add up to 133 new high-paying jobs in the next 10 years.
- FB Flurry has a new 208,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the Lake Park Commerce Center. Flurry is privately owned and has been providing fulfillment and technology service for over 20 years.
- Tovala, the successful smart oven start-up company, was just named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2021. At the beginning of December, they held their ribbon cutting for Lake Park Commerce Building 1 located at 5041 W 2400 S. Tovala brings 100 new jobs to West Valley City.
- Trevco is the only vertically-integrated global print-on-demand licensee. They have over 300 product types and are trusted by over 1,200 licensing brands. They expanded their operations to lease a 50,000-square-foot facility in the Lake Park Commerce Center. With start-up, they had an estimated $850,000 in capital expenditures and created around 50 new jobs including warehouse and machining positions. Trevco anticipates additional growth in future years and may pursue seasonal hiring during high-demand periods.
West Valley City’s 727,933-square-foot master-planned four-building industrial park is located in “one of the most dynamic real estate corridors in the Western United States known as Salt Lake County’s ‘Northwest Quadrant.’ Salt Lake County’s Northwest Quadrant has evolved into a premier high-tech and medical device manufacturing, advanced materials and aerospace/defense manufacturing, R&D, regional distribution and e-commerce hub.” The property has access to all major transportation infrastructure without congestion and is in close proximity to an extensive labor pool. Tenants include Duluth Trading Co., Irby, Brewers Supply Group, COMPAX, Aligned Data Center, and Serto.
- Duluth Trading Co., the growing lifestyle brand famous for its durable, solution-based goods and clothes, opened a 228,000-square-foot satellite distribution facility at 6162 W. Beagley Road. The center created 300 full- and part-time employment opportunities as well as more than 100 seasonal, part-time staff openings to support peak season operations.
- Irby Utilities is a company with a vision: to change the role of the electrical distributor from that of a bid-based provider of electrical products to that of a high-value partner, providing total electrical solutions. They expanded their operation into the Intermountain West with a 126,000-square-foot facility in West Valley City.
- Brewers Supply Group (BSG) was founded in 2004 to deliver the finest brewing ingredients at competitive prices. They opened a 67,000-square-foot production and distribution center in West Valley City.
- COMPAX opened a 63,000-square-foot facility in West Valley City to expand its mission to deliver innovative packaging for brands. They have 16 years of manufacturing experience in the United States.
- Aligned Data Center with its mission to make critical infrastructure adaptive and intelligent enough to enable customers to expand on demand found a natural home in West Valley City for its 59,000-square-foot facility. Utah ranks 2nd in the nation and 3rd in the world for the fastest internet connectivity speeds, with an extensive fiber infrastructure. Referred to as the Silicon Slopes, Utah ranks 5th in the nation for national disaster safety.
- Serto, a global manufacturer of valves, tube unions, and hoses, among other things, opened a 16,800-square-foot facility at 6368 W. Beagley Road.
Hexcel is an advanced composites technology global leader, manufacturing carbon fiber, woven reinforcements, resins, prepregs, honeycomb, and additive manufactured parts for customers in commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial markets. Hexcel has an established manufacturing site in West Valley City, and in October 2021, they broke ground on their 100,000-square-foot flagship Center of Research & Technology (R&T) Excellence that will support next-generation developments in advanced composites technologies. The expansion will create up to 150 new high-paying skilled sciences and advanced technologies jobs over the next 12 years.
Completed in 2021, this innovative office campus environment, adjacent to a golf course and walking paths, consists of five buildings totaling 525,000 square feet. The campus features balanced energy consumption, peak shaving technology, Qualified Opportunity Zone investment, innovative tech, and extensive amenities including a fitness center, covered parking, bike storage, game space, and much more.
Completed in 2020, and accepting tenants in 2021, Fairbourne Station is an 8.5-acre development featuring Embassy Suites, upscale residences, 200,000 square feet of office space, and retail pads. The complex is the area’s second-tallest structure outside of downtown Salt Lake City and was designed with aesthetics in mind providing 360-degree views of the majestic Utah mountain ranges.
Currently under construction, this seven-story luxury apartment complex with 420 units represents a $95 million capital investment.
This extensive project consisting of multi-family four- and five-plexes represents $10 million in capital investment. Building One, a prominent five-plex on Caddy Hill Lane, had its framing finished in late 2021.
West Valley City welcomed several new retail establishments in 2021 that brought in substantial capital investment:
- Dutch Bros: $1.5 million (completed)
- Panda Express: $2.5 million (completed)
- Krispy Crème: $3 million (under construction)
- Liquor Store: $5 million (under construction)
- Raising Canes: $2.5 million (completed)
West Valley City Economic Optimization Department
The centrality of West Valley City, Utah’s second largest city, delivers exceptional convenience coupled with a desirable cost of living and economical cost of doing business. See what we can do to help you expand or advance your business today! Contact us at 801-963-3345 or follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to see our City’s recent projects.