This week on the Utah Business Report

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In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL News Radio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

We talked about how Utah’s exports increased 14 percent in the first half of 2012, from $8.5 billion to $9.7 billion.

As part of the Chamber’s 125th anniversary, we want to share the rich history of the members who have made the Chamber so successful.

For over 40 years, Scott Companies have been involved in the construction equipment business in the Intermountain West. Scott Companies has also been a Chamber member for over 40 years. It’s one of 77-hundred businesses that make the Chamber so strong.

Established by D. Brent Scott in 1968, Scott Machinery Company was the authorized John Deere and Hitachi Construction equipment dealer in Utah, western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho. The business grew to include eight locations, 150 employees and over $100 million in sales.

In 2009, the John Deere-Hitachi business was sold to Honnen Equipment Company of Commerce City, Colorado.

In 1995, the company acquired Intermountain Bobcat and operates it today as a business unit of what is now known as Scott Intermountain Companies, which is owned and operated by brothers David and Jeffrey Scott.

This summer, Questar executive Shahab Saeed was appointed to serve on the Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees.

Saeed is vice president and chief operating officer of Questar Energy Services and Questar InfoComm. He is currently the chair of Intermountain’s Urban Central Region, which includes Intermountain services in the Salt Lake area. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Ballet West.

Intermountain’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 19 people who volunteer their time to direct the nonprofit organization. They set policy, create goals, evaluate management’s performance and ensure Intermountain operates in the best interest of the community. Trustees also serve on governing boards for hospitals and other care services, as well as charitable foundation boards.

Visit Salt Lake has a new partner when it comes to online booking: aRes  Travel.

aRes Travel Incorporated is very excited about its new relationship with Visit Salt Lake. President and CEO Alan Suchodolski says this deal will allow the companies to work more efficiently and strengthen the promotion of Salt Lake through the deals and packaging capabilities aRes offers.

As part of the agreement, aRes Travel will integrate its private-label booking engine with the Visit Salt Lake website, allowing visitors to the site to research the destination and book hotels, attractions, deals and travel packages seamlessly without the need to search other websites.

Eric Thompson, Visit Salt Lake’s vice president of marketing, says this partnership is a win-win situation for both organizations.


The Economic Development Corporation of Utah is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and is proud to have been a part of Utah’s economic growth all these years.

It is the mission for E-D-C-Utah to be a catalyst for quality job growth and increased capital investment within the business community. They work to bring new opportunities in Utah and also expand the opportunities already here.

Some of the wins from the corporation’s first 25 years include Adobe, AlphaGraphics, AmerSports, Cephalon, Edwards Lifesciences, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Oracle, and Proctor and Gamble.

E-D-C-Utah started in 1987 as a private, nonprofit organization that spun out of the Salt Lake Chamber. Now the company is a public-private partnership that works with state and local governments, as well as the private industry to attract and grow competitive, high-value companies and spur the development and expansion of local Utah businesses.


For the full reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL Radio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL News Radio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may just feature it on the Utah Business Report. 

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