Viracon Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony in St. George, Utah

Viracon, with headquarters in Owatonna, Minn., has officially begun construction of its new St. George, Utah, facility. A ground breaking ceremony took place May 16 at the new site, 1630 East Park Industrial Drive (4500 South), Ft. Pierce Industrial Park. Viracon expects the new facility will increase glass fabrication capacity by approximately $40 million at full capacity.

Speakers included St. George Mayor Daniel D. McArthur, Viracon's president, Don Pyatt, vice president of manufacturing for the new facility, Bill Wright, and president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Jeff Edwards. Carol Sapp, executive director of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and chair of the Washington County Economic Development Council, introduced the speakers to the audience of government and community dignitaries.

The new $25 million facility was designed by architectural firm MRW Design Inc. of St. George. Watts Construction, also of St. George, will serve as the general contractor.

The facility is slated to open in April 2007, and will employee approximately 150 people. Once fully operational (within three years), the facility will employ between 250-300.

According to Pyatt, the plant will be a comprehensive, full-fabrication facility, complete with two insulating glass lines, as well as tempering, laminating, coating and silk-screening production lines.

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