Chooses St. George, Utah Over Tucson for New Plant
Viracon recently announcement that it will locate its new plant
in St. George, Utah, (see USGNN March 22, 2006, Viracon
Names St. George, Utah as Third Plant Location). The decision
may have left some people asking, why St. George, Utah? How's $3,000
per newly created job?
Residents of Tucson , Ariz., were hoping to have the window manufacturer
locate there and, according to a news article in the Arizona Daily
Star, were on the location "short list" before being passed
over for St.
George. What made St. George win out? The Arizona Daily Star speculates
that the city's cash-for-jobs offering may have played a roll in
the decision. According to the report, Utah's Office of Economic
Development agreed to pay $3,000 per job for each worker the company
adds to the area, up to 250 workers, a total of approximately $750,000
If that is the reason, it is one Tucson is not likely to offer any
time soon. Mayor Bob Walkup was quoted in the article as saying
"We're always disappointed when we can't close a deal, but
we think offering cash and an incentive is inappropriate."
to read the article as it appears in the Arizona Daily Star.