ST. GEORGE — The dream of creating a tech hub in St. George came one step closer to reality Friday with the groundbreaking of PrinterLogic’s new headquarters on Tech Ridge.
The St. George-based tech firm held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future building, to be built at the old airport adjacent to Dixie Technical College. PrinterLogic, a developer of cloud-based serverless printing infrastructure software, is the first private sector company to break ground on 150-acre Tech Ridge development, which has been in the planning stages for years.
“Tech Ridge is a project designed to transform this land up here into a world-class multipurpose development. It takes what you see today and transforms it into this live-work-play type of an area within St. George,” PrinterLogic Chief Strategy Officer Matt Riley said.
Long-term plans for the expansive development include space for buildings housing multiple tech companies surrounded by residential neighborhoods, restaurants and hotels, all flanked by a large amount of open space for recreation.
PrinterLogic’s design plans for the building reflect the “live-work-play” vision of the development, which features a large basketball court in the middle of the office space.
Reflecting on how the idea for Tech Ridge came together, PrinterLogic CEO Ryan Wedig said a group of like-minded individuals in St. George’s budding tech community came together to consider how they could add to Southern Utah’s economy.
“What if we could have another sector,” Wedig said members of the group asked. “What if we could have technology and we can give them a space where they can come together and do special things and make a serious stake in the ground? And that was part of the vision that we needed to make all this happen.”
“To be able to get it all together and make something like that building happen is incredible,” he said, thanking his team of 125 employees based in St. George for their role in making the company’s growth possible. The company employs an additional 60 people at different global locations.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who was in attendance at the groundbreaking, commended PrinterLogic for being the first company to take the step toward the vision of Tech Ridge.
“People should be knocking down the doors to come to this spot, and you are here first, and that’s incredible,” Cox said.
Cox said companies like PrinterLogic are among the major players working toward the governor’s office’ goal of adding 25,000 jobs to the more rural regions of Utah.
While an expanding tech industry is great for Utah as a whole, St. George Mayor Jon Pike said PrinterLogic’s groundbreaking represents a significant step toward the city’s vision of bringing high-paying tech jobs to Southern Utah.
“I think it will attract people from around the community and beyond to some of the venues that will be here,” Pike said.
The city of St. George has been instrumental in plans for the development at the site of the old municipal airport, which was originally slated to be sold for residential developments.
“We really view this as an extension of St. George,” Pike said. “We’re doing big and great things here, and I’m really excited.”
The new PrinterLogic headquarters is slated for completion next year, during which time additional tech companies are anticipated to begin construction of new campuses, such as St. George-based busybusy.
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