Utah’s First L/CNG Filling Station Opens

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Senator Orrin Hatch, Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Clean Cities Coalition and the Salt Lake Chamber’s Salt Shakers helped celebrate CH4 Energy’s new liquefied and compressed natural gas filling station.

The pumps, located at 2025 South 900 West in Salt Lake, are open to the public and provide enough gas for users to travel all the way to Las Vegas.  This is significant for Utah as it brings more clean-burning vehicles through our state involved in interstate commerce. Before these stations were opened, shipments leaving the Ports of Los Angeles (where LNG is a popular fuel source), for example, were forced to change to diesel fueled tractor trailers in order to complete the journey.

LNG is a clean burning fuel which significantly benefits our air quality efforts and further utilizes a domestic and abundant fuel source found in Utah.  CH4 Energy plans to open two more L/CNG stations this summer, one in Ogden and one in Southern Utah.

Salt Shakers help raise money for homeless

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Salt Shakers were proud to be a part of the Salvation Army’s kick off for the 2010 Annual Holiday Campaign to help raise money for the poor, homeless, and others in need who often remain overlooked during the holidays and all year long.

This year’s campaign theme, “Hope Wanted,” draws attention to the continuing hardships men, women and children face in the wake of our country’s ongoing economic struggle.  Many families are drained by waning unemployment benefits, high costs of living, and lack of jobs.  They are not just looking for help – they are looking for hope.

The Salvation Army’s time-honored Christmas Campaign will include traditional fundraising methods such as direct mail – in addition to the highly visible Red Kettles, a holiday tradition that has served as a symbol of goodwill for more than 100 years.

Salt Shakers cut ribbon on T’s Grill

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Salt Shakers have been busy giving the big scissors a workout.

The T’s Grill is the epitome of a small entrepreneur. Starting from humble beginnings, they have now opened their first “brick and mortar” location after several years of hard work,.

T’s started in 2006 with a small concession stand serving food at any event where they could get a booth and successfully grew into a full blown catering business. The opening of their first restaurant last week was in response to many customer requests for a permanent location. The owner and operators of T’s Grill were extremely grateful for the Shakers participating in their opening and provided a complimentary lunch that was very good. We wish T’s Grill great success with their new venture!

T’s Grill website: www.tsgrillonline.com.

Salt Shaker, Sen. Hatch herald opening of Alternative Vehicle Solutions’ R&D facility in SLC

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Salt Shakers, the official goodwill ambassadors of the Salt Lake Chamber, took part in the grand opening of Alternative Vehicle Solutionsnew 5,000 sq. ft. Research and Design facility in the greater Salt Lake area for the development of EPA Certified Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel delivery systems for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and aftermarket applications. The company has already signed a long term commitment to be a supplier to the General Motors Alternative Fuel Program.

The GM dedicated CNG vans will begin rolling off the assembly line at PCI a division of IMPCO Technologies located in Union City, Indiana this month.  As GM re-enters the CNG market, the technical side will be supplied by another local based company, Natural Drive. Natural Drive has supplied the market with EPA certified conversions in the General Motors platform for the last three years.

Sen. Orrin Hatch was also in attendance for the grand opening. He expressed his support of CNG in Utah.

“Congratulations to a new Utah based green company and green jobs created by Alternative Vehicle Solution,” said Sen. Hatch.  ”I have been supporting the necessary incentives for the last 15 years to move CNG forward in Utah and throughout the nation so we can use our own abundant natural gas in our own backyard.”

The AVS Research and Development facility is located at 255 West 2950 South in Salt Lake City. The facility is ISO 9001 compliant with all the state of the art computer design capability, inspection and testing equipment to meet the strict safety and durability standards set by General Motors.

Chamber Helps Celebrate Young Electric’s New Facility

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Salt Shakers helped cut the ribbon to open YESCO's new facility on the company's 90th anniversary.

On April 26, 2010 the Salt Lake Chamber and Salt Shakers joined with more than 300 employees, customers, vendors, and family members of the Young family, owners and operators of Young Electric Sign Co (YESCO) as the company opened its new plant in Salt Lake City.

Young Electric also celebrated its 90th anniversary. YESCO is based in Salt Lake City but has offices and divisions from Mississippi to Washington with about 1,600 employees, 600 of which work at four locations in Utah.

At the opening YESCO board chair Thomas Young, Jr., the son of YESCO’s founder, recalled his father teaching them that, “signs are one of the cornerstones of a free enterprise system- a critical part.”

One of YESCO’s vendors commented on the company’s importance in the marketplace: “This company doesn’t just build signs, they help build businesses.”

The Salt Lake Chamber is pleased to have this longstanding Utah company as a member of our organization and wish them well in their next 90 years of service to our community and country.