Above: A worker at Lifetime Products, Inc. a manufacturer of a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Lifetime Products, Inc. is Utah's 10th largest industrial employer. (Photo Source: Lifetime Products, Inc.)
Utah is a truly unique manufacturing state. Home to some top manufacturers making everything from electronics to medical devices and rocket propulsion systems to essential oils, Utah is renowned for its low business costs and educated workforce.
Let’s take a look at the latest trends in Utah’s eclectic industrial sector and explore the state’s ten largest companies.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Utah is currently home to 3,347 industrial companies employing 193,636 workers.
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According to MNI, Salt Lake City is Utah’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 53,312 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Utah include
• Ogden (15,414 jobs)
• Lehi (10,370 jobs)
• Logan (8,909 jobs)
• Clearfield (7,665 jobs)
Salt Lake County is Utah’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 89,069 workers. This is followed by Utah County with 36,647 workers, Weber County (16,827 jobs), David County (13,259 jobs) and Cache County (12,770 jobs).
The food processing industry is Utah’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 12% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by chemicals and allied products and also electronic and other electric equipment, each of which account for 11% of Utah’s factory workers. The instruments and related products industry account for 9% of Utah industrial workers, as does the fabricated metals industry.
MNI reports there are 13,129 executive contacts among Utah’s manufacturing companies, available to IndustrySelect subscribers. These include 1,605 presidents, 1,293 owners and partners; 867 vice-presidents and 1,014 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Utah manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Utah manufacturers are women-owned
• 1% are minority-owned
• 11% are publicly owned companies
• 12% import raw materials
• 26% distribute their products internationally.
These trends reveal that Utah is slightly more reliant on imported materials compared to the U.S. as a whole (12% versus 11% nationally) Additionally, more Utah industrial companies are publicly-owned, compared to the U.S. manufacturing average (11% versus 5% nationally)
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|L3Harris Technologies, Inc.,||3,500||Salt Lake City||UT|
|Clyde Companies, Inc.||3,200||Orem||UT|
|doTerra International||3,200||Pleasant Grove||UT|
|Merit Medical Systems, Inc.||2,000||South Jordan||UT|
|Young Living Essential Oils||2,000||Lehi||UT|
|BioFire Diagnostics, Inc.||1,900||Salt Lake City||UT|
|Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.||1,800||Corinne||UT|
|Autoliv ASP, Inc., Module Facility||1,700||Ogden||UT|
|Lifetime Products, Inc.||1,700||Clearfield||UT|
1. Vivint, Inc. (Provo, UT)
Employing 5,000 in Provo, Vivint, Inc. is Utah’s largest industrial employer. A “smart home” electronics company established in 2010, Vivint provides smart home automation, home security, energy management, and more.
2. L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Communications & Networked Systems (Salt Lake City, UT)
Ranking second in the state for number of industrial jobs is L3Harris Technologies in Salt Lake City.L3Harris is a US-based technology company and defense contractor. Employing 3,500 and occupying 902,000 square feet,, this location functions as the company’s divisional headquarters, producing wideband data links and satellite communication systems.
3. Clyde Companies, Inc. (Orem, UT)
Home to 3,200 workers, Orem-based Clyde Companies, Inc. is a major construction materials company. Established in 1997, this location functions as the company’s corporate headquarters and produces concrete products as well as sand and gravel processing.
4. doTerra International (Pleasant Grove, UT)
Established in 2008, doTerra is a chemicals company, producing therapeutic grade essential oils for personal care, spa products, as well as manufacturer-contracted nutritional supplements. The company reports $2 billion in sales annually.
5. Merit Medical Systems. (South Jordan, UT)
Merit Medical Systems is a medical devices company with locations around the world. Occupying 700,000 square feet, the company’s South Jordan headquarters employs 2,000 and focuses on proprietary disposable medical devices used in cardiology, radiology & endoscopy interventional & diagnostic procedures.
6. Young Living Essential Oils (Lehi, UT)
With 2,000 employees, Young Living Essential Oils is the largest woman-owned industrial company in the United States. Established in 1993, this Lehi location functions as the company’s headquarters and produces essential oils & oil-enhanced health products. With farms and distilleries on six continents, the company remains true to its “seed to seal” commitment.
7. BioFire Diagnostics (Salt Lake City, UT)
Established in 1980, Salt Lake City-based BioFire Diagnostics makes DNA analysis machines for the molecular diagnostics, life science, biodefense & water/food testing industries, and was instrumental in developing a develop a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.
8. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc. (Corrine, UT)
With annual sales of $400-$500 million, this Northrop Grumman site encompasses 3.4 million square feet in Corrine. The company develops solid rocket propulsion systems & specialty energetic products at this location.
9. Autoliv ASP, Inc., Module Facility (Ogden, UT)
Sweden-based Autoliv is the world’s largest automotive safety supplier. Employing 1,700 in Ogden, this Autoliv location produces airbags and distributes its products around the world.
10. Lifetime Products, Inc. (Clearfield, UT)
Rounding out our top ten list is Lifetime Products, Inc. in Clearfield. Lifetime Products produces a wide range of consumer and industrial products including portable basketball equipment, and folding tables as well as blow-molded plastics, tubing, and sheet metal prototypes. Established in 1986, the company reports annual sales of $500 million-$1 billion.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2021. It is updated annually to reflect new statistics in Utah's manufacturing sector.