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Whatever your business interests may be, the Utah Manufacturers Association has been the resource organization where industry leaders can come together to solve the relevant issues facing the local manufacturing industry. We advocate for our members and the industry, because we know “what Utah makes, makes Utah.”


The Utah Manufacturers Association provides unmatched access to and information on the key issues affecting your business and your bottom-line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from health care reform and labor relations to energy and the environment to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on your behalf to advance policies that will help your manufacturing business thrive.

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Manufacturing is one of Utah’s basic industries and creates tremendous value in the economy. Why?—because along with agriculture and mining, it’s the only industry that actually creates new wealth. All other industries create added value from an already existing product or service.

That is why it is important that we educate Utahns on the economic impact that the manufacturing industry has in the state: it makes up nearly 14% of the state’s economy, totaling $14 million of economic activity, and employs more than 125,000 Utahns. Informing the community of these numbers is crucial in maintaining and encouraging a positive business environment, and a key initiative of the UMA. The old saying holds true: "What Utah makes, makes Utah."

We are proud to present our series of "member spotlights" of those companies that provide jobs and economic opportunities by making things in Utah.

Member Spotlight

Allied Electric Sign & Awning

Allied Electric Sign & Awning began when Duane Millard and Monica Collard (father/daughter) bought Allied Griffin Awning in 1993.  They then purchased Northwest Sign Co. in 1999.  The business continued to grow when they purchased Bona Signs (Springville) in 2011, Intermountain Signs (Ogden) in 2012, and more recently, Trade Mark Signs in Las Vegas earlier this year.

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It all started as an idea in a garage in Riverdale, Utah. As a dedicated father and fan of basketball, Lifetime Products’ founder simply wanted to build a better basketball hoop for his family. His passion for innovation quickly expanded beyond his initial project, and he created a company called Lifetime Products. The philosophy for the name, as well as the goal of the company, was to build durable lasting products for consumers and their families. Lifetime began by manufacturing basketball systems. Lifetime Products became a worldwide trusted brand as it quickly broadened from basketball hoops to picnic tables, then folding tables and chairs. Now our sheds, kayaks, and more, are leaders in their markets. From those first years in Lifetime’s history, the company has grown from 15 employees in a partial warehouse to over 1,500 employees — all over the globe.

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Action Target

Action Target started in 1986 when its founders built a pneumatic turning target system for the Provo Police Department training curriculum. The need for dynamic and safe shooting equipment inspired the development of innovative technology such as the Total Containment Trap™. This patented steel bullet trap revolutionized the shooting range industry with its ability to guide projectiles into a deceleration chamber without total fragmentation. Action Target has continued to be the primary innovator in the business and currently has more than 4,000 products and holds over 40 patents.

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Foam Fab

Foam Fab has been in the foam fabrication and hard molds business for over 25 years. They started with architectural details and difficult custom projects customers needed to get done. They have added through the years custom foam packaging and fabrication, foam plugs and blockouts, hard molds (FRP, rubber, and wood), prototyping and CNC routing to meet our customer's needs. Foam Fab is passionate about providing the highest quality finished product for our customers. They are known for being The go to business where customers know their project will get done, no matter how complex.

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National Vinyl Products

In 2004, after growing his vinyl fence contracting business to the largest in the state, John L. Hadfield built a state of the art vinyl fence manufacturing facility in Nephi, UT to produce his own line of vinyl fence materials for distribution throughout the US and Canada. National Vinyl remains a family-run company today, many of their key leadership personnel and vinyl fence extrusion experts are members of the Hadfield family.

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Reliable Controls Corporation

Reliable Controls Corporation was defined with the purpose of implementing automation and commissioning services, utilizing homegrown processes and new technologies that ensure safety, consistency, accuracy and quality in everything they do.Their company actually began in a residential basement, moved into a garage, followed by several other offices, until they ended up where they are today.

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American Pacific

American Pacific has been in business since 1955. The original manufacturing plant was located in southern Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. In the beginning, the company provided consulting services specializing in mining and chemical plant design, and also owned a chlorine gas packaging and sodium hypochlorite manufacturing operation. These operations grew into the specialty chemical manufacturing company they are today serving the defense, space, pharmaceutical, and fire safety industries. They have been manufacturing chemicals in Iron County Utah, 15 miles north west of Cedar City since 1989.

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JulieAnn Caramels

JulieAnn Caramels started making caramels for her husband who traveled the United States. He would do tradeshows trying to get people to his table and everyone loved the caramels. The name JulieAnn is for my two Aunts who had an impact on my life. Julie is a great cook and Nancy Ann is a great cook. They changed my life after my mother's death. JulieAnn Caramels is known for unique gourmet confectionery and is passionate about helping their customers turn every moment into a caramel delight, creating something just a little different.

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Janicki Industries

While Janicki Industries' main business is in the Military and Space/Aerospace markets, the company services a very diverse customer base including; Private Space Exploration, Wind Energy, Mass-Transit / Transportation, Custom Yacht Makers, and even a new offshoot Company, Janicki BioEnergy, where the OmniProcessor is designed and fabricated to solve the world's sanitation and clean drinking water needs. They are passionate about solving the most challenging problems.

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Juniper Systems

Juniper Systems started out as a small company called HarvestMaster which provided data acquisition systems through on-combine seed research. A handheld computer was needed to help control the system and record data. The engineering team decided to develop their own and the concept was a success not only in the agriculture market but many other markets as well. They are passionate about an excellent customer experience to help their customers do the job they need done.

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Advanced Window Products

Advanced Window Products origination dates back to 1986, where their owners realized the need for a local, honest window manufacturer to provide replacement windows to the public. At the time, there were only big-name manufacturers that supplied to contractors for new construction, but it was hard for home owners to obtain a quality product that came complete with installation.

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