Viracon 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 when done.

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."

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