News | September 24, 2014

Varian Medical Systems Groundbreaking on X-ray Facility Expansion Triggers Influx of New Jobs to Salt Lake

September 24, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems broke ground on new construction that will expand its current Salt Lake City manufacturing facility and allow for the consolidation of operations currently underway outside of Utah to ultimately create 1,000 new full time jobs in the state over the next 20 years.

"Utah is home to hardworking people with immense engineering and technical talent, many of whom can be credited with Varian's success in the manufacturing of our state-of-the-art X-ray technology," said Dow Wilson, CEO of Varian Medical Systems. "Today we celebrate more than 45 years of Varian's economic partnership with Utah which continues to be a sound investment for the future of our company, the state of Utah and Utah's citizens."

Salt Lake City serves as the headquarters for manufacturing Varian's X-ray products and the additional space will allow for Varian's flat panel image detector and X-ray tube product lines as well as cleanrooms, R&D laboratories, expanded manufacturing space and administrative offices. Today, approximately 70 percent of the orders for X-ray products come from customers outside the United States, making Varian Medical Systems one of Utah's largest exporters.

Joining Wilson with shovels in hand, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Val Hale, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Jeff Edwards, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah; Sunny Sanyal, senior vice president and president, Imaging Components Businesses; and those credited with the design and construction, marked the site of the expansion after meeting with Varian employees and touring the existing facility.

"This is an exciting day for Varian Medical Systems and for the state of Utah," said Sen. Orrin Hatch. "Varian has made a significant contribution to Utah's economy and our local community for decades. The company's planned expansion is a testament to the confidence its leaders have in Utah's business climate and is indicative of the growth and success Varian is experiencing in the medical device industry. Varian's capital investment and planned expansion will have a positive impact on Utah's tax base and employment outlook. I look forward to many more years of a successful partnership between Varian and our state."

The effort to expand Varian's presence in Salt Lake City began in January of this year through a partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). The GOED Board of Directors has approved a tax credit of some $7.1 million in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) incentive, in anticipation of receiving more than $35 million from Varian in new state tax revenues over the 15-year life of the agreement. Each year as Varian meets the criteria in its contracts with the state, it will earn a portion of the tax credit.

"With Utah's job growth at its highest since the recession, Varian Medical Systems could not have chosen a better time or place for its expansion. Among Utah's life science sector more than 150 are medical device companies and Varian will add to this vibrant community," said Hale. "Our office has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Varian Medical Systems, and we look forward to continuing that relationship as they grow and in turn help Utah grow."

Currently, Varian employs 860 people in Utah. The expansion effort will add 135,000 square feet to the existing 341,000-square-foot building and is expected to generate more than $400 million in new state wages.

"We are thrilled to see Varian take this step towards their expansion in Utah," said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah. "It is extremely rewarding to see such a high-quality company grow and expand in our state, reinforcing our belief that Utah has a unique combination of assets that allows businesses to flourish."

For more information: www.varian.com

Related Content

X-ray performed on a GE Optima 646 DR system. The FDA has updated its radiology reporting forms on its website.
News | Business | July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017 — The U.S.
Kubtec Launches New Website For Digital Imaging and Irradiation Products
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 20, 2017
Kubtec announced the launch a new website focused on the applications of digital X-ray imaging and irradiation for...
Agfa HealthCare Previews New DR 800 Imaging System at AHRA 2017
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 11, 2017
July 11, 2017 — Agfa HealthCare will display the new DR 800 Multi-Purpose Digital Imaging System with MUSICA for dyna
Canon and Virtual Imaging Inc. Showcase Newest DR Technologies at AHRA 2017
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 07, 2017
July 7, 2017 — Canon U.S.A. Inc. and Virtual Imaging Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.
Fujifilm Showcases Digital Radiography, Mammography Innovations at AHRA 2017
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 06, 2017
Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. will present its comprehensive portfolio of digital radiography (DR) and...
RaySafe Introduces Pro-Slit Camera for Accurate Focal Spot Measurement
Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 27, 2017
Unfors RaySafe recently introduced the RaySafe Pro-Slit Phantom and the RaySafe Pro-Stand.
Carestream Showing New Mobile X-ray System With Carbon Nanotube Technology at AHRA
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017 — Carestream Health will show the DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile...
Image Diagnostics Unveils Uni Diagnost UD1 at American Urology Association Meeting
Technology | Interventional Radiology | May 24, 2017
Image Diagnostics Inc. (IDI) recently unveiled the Uni Diagnost, the first integrated multipurpose imaging table, light...
Kubtec Announces Partnership with Vizient Inc.
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 05, 2017
May 5, 2017 — Kubtec announced that its contract to be a supplier to Vizient Inc. is now active.
Carestream Introduces SmartGrid Software to Reduce Effects of Scatter Radiation
Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 04, 2017
Carestream Health recently introduced SmartGrid software that can reduce the damaging effects of scatter radiation in a...
Overlay Init