In March of 2016, Charon Technologies began searching for a location for its research and development expansion. The company was in search of new talent and fresh ideas and sought out the west for that purpose. The search originally centered around Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas, however, after meeting with EDCUtah and visiting the state, Utah quickly rose to the top of their list of potential expansion locations. Several major decision drivers shed favorable light on Utah for Charon Technologies. One of these factors was access to Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah -- research universities with whom they could partner -- as well as the network of technical colleges where assembly technicians could be trained.
The selection process initially focused upon the northern Wasatch Front, and after a discussion with the dean of the Electrical Engineering Program at Utah State University, the company realized that they could recruit a quality workforce in Logan and decided to pursue real estate in Cache Valley. Charon Technologies strives to offer excellent work/life balance to their employees. As Logan provides skiing, hiking, boating, 4-wheeling, and more, all within minutes, it fits perfectly within the company’s culture.
EDCUtah aided Charon Technologies by conducting market and labor research and identifying key stakeholders in the community to assist in the process, from commercial real estate brokers, to recruiting firms, to University representatives. Nadia Letey with CBRE was instrumental in the initial property search and provided the connection to Interstate Commercial Properties in Cache Valley, who helped the company identify the optimal location.
Since establishing the business in Logan, Charon Technologies has had more applicants for their open positions than they could absorb, a problem they assure EDCUtah they never had at their location in the DC area. They are successfully attracting talent from not only Cache County and the Wasatch Front, but all over the country, and they attribute this to the fact that people are attracted to the lifestyle offered in their new location.
The company will expand to a location within miles of Utah State University in Logan and will create 20 jobs.