For Immediate Release
February 13, 2014
Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director
Environmental StoneWorks Continues to Build a Strong Foundation in Utah
The expansion of Environmental StoneWorks will create 124 new jobs
Salt Lake City, UTAH — Environmental StoneWorks, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced plans today to build a manufacturing facility in Washington County that will create 124 new jobs and lead to $2 million in capital investment.
“We are pleased to see Environmental StoneWorks increase its presence in the state,” said Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “As the only national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer in the country, the company’s expansion will not only benefit Washington County, but also builders, owners and architects across the nation.”
The new facility, a manufactured stone veneer plant, will provide the company capacity to service current markets in the west, while also allowing opportunities for growth and increased market penetration moving forward. This expansion will allow Environmental StoneWorks to meet the needs of customers now and in the future.
“With the continued improvement of the housing market and our increased presence in the Southwest markets, a new, larger facility in St. George, Utah, provides us a central location to service our current and future West Coast customers more efficiently,” said Environmental StoneWorks’ President and CEO Charles Stein. “St. George has great access to the surrounding markets and the local community provides a healthy environment for our current and future employees.”
Over the past three decades, Environmental StoneWorks has consistently expanded its turnkey capacity to offer a complete range of stone and brick veneer products and installation services to the nation’s leading builders. Environmental Stoneworks delivers a competitive product and a “one stop solution” for customers by packaging manufacturing and installation together as a service for builders and property owners.
The creation of the manufacturing facility in Utah will lead to over $40 million in new state wages and $2.5 million in new state tax revenue. Salaries of the new, incented jobs are contracted to pay at least 100 percent of the Washington County average wage and include benefits.
“The southern part of Utah is a great place for manufacturing; companies like Environmental StoneWorks can hire and attract talented people,” said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Utah. “I commend Washington County for putting together a compelling case for why Environmental StoneWorks should expand in the area.”
Environmental StoneWorks is an equal opportunity employer and will review and interview any qualified applicant. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for positions with the company, as it has established a veterans hiring policy and is actively seeking veterans to fill positions.
As part of a contract with Environmental StoneWorks, the GOED Board of Directors has approved a maximum cap tax credit of $514,304 in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) incentive, which is 20 percent of the net taxes Environmental StoneWorks will pay over the 10-year life of the agreement. Each year as Environmental StoneWorks meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the tax credit incentive.
About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Environmental Stoneworks
Environmental StoneWorks, LLC is the only national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer offering one-stop, start to finish service. Founded in 1978, Environmental Stoneworks operates manufacturing facilities in Denver, Colorado; North Branch, Minnesota; Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; and St. George, Utah. Environmental Stoneworks’ national capabilities are supported by more than 800 professionals operating in 18 installation hubs across the United States. For additional information about Environmental Stoneworks, visit www.estoneworks.com.