Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Davis County positioning itself to land Janicki Industries' new facility

Janicki Industries, a Washington-based composites manufacturing company, has already committed to expanding in Utah. The lingering question: where?

The Davis County Commission took a step Tuesday that could land the expansion there, perhaps in Layton.

A resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $9.5 million in federal stimulus bonds still faces a June 29 public hearing, and the process also needs final approval for the execution of a loan agreement between the county, Janicki and Wells Fargo Bank.

But Ben Hart, economic development specialist for Layton, said Tuesday's resolution bolsters the county's chances. "Obviously, being from Layton city, there's a good chance — we're hoping that facility will be in our community," he said.

The company is considering three to five sites in northern Utah, and getting the 50-job expansion would be "a big boon, not only for Davis County, but also the aerospace and composites industry in the state of Utah," Hart said. The Deseret News