Utah’s Electronics Industry: A Magnet for Innovation and Growth

Utah has become a hub for the electronics industry, with manufacturing playing a crucial role in the state’s economic growth. In 2018, manufacturing accounted for 427,980 jobs, $26.4 billion in earnings, and $44 billion in GDP. This industry supports one-fifth of all Utah jobs and one-quarter of the state’s total GDP and earnings.

Employment in manufacturing has soared to 143,461 jobs, making it the fifth-largest industry in Utah. Around two-thirds of these jobs are in durable goods, while the manufacturing sector paid $10.4 billion in wages in 2018. The average annual earnings in the industry rank fourth at $72,565, which is 38.6% higher than the statewide average for all industries.

Utah’s thriving computer and electronic product manufacturing sector boasts 292 facilities, while electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing has 59 facilities. Major companies such as Autoliv, L3 Technologies, Merit Medical Systems, ATK Space Systems, and IM Flash Technologies have established a strong presence in the state, employing thousands of workers.

Wilson Electronics, a leader in cellular signal repeater technology, was named the 2022 Utah Manufacturer of the Year and recognized for Best Company Culture at the Utah Manufacturing Association Awards Banquet. Misty Snuffer, Senior Operations Manager at Wilson Electronics, also received the Women in Manufacturing award for her dedication to the industry.

Texas Instruments (TI) recently announced plans to build a second factory in Lehi, Utah, to meet the increasing demand for semiconductors in electronic devices. The $11 billion project, the largest economic development announcement in state history, is expected to create 800 jobs and strengthen TI’s presence in the region.

Intermountain Electronics (IE) is undergoing a massive expansion, with plans to double its local manufacturing footprint and workforce by the end of the decade. Founded in 1985, IE has grown into one of the country’s leading energy infrastructure specialists, serving various sectors of the energy industry.

Spartronics-owned Inovar has also contributed to Utah’s booming electronics industry. With nine facilities across the U.S., Mexico, and Vietnam, the company employs around 270 people at its North Logan facility and serves highly regulated industries such as aerospace, defense, and medical.

L3 Technologies, Utah’s largest tech employer in 2018, has continued to expand its operations in the state, securing government contracts for the development of products such as the Air Force and Army Anti-jam Modem.

The state’s thriving aerospace sector has also attracted industry giants such as L3-Harris, Lockheed Martin, and Parker Hannifin, as well as homegrown companies like RAM Company. Founded in 1975, RAM Company has grown into one of Southern Utah’s largest private employers, supplying precision valves for civil, defense, and space platforms.

Utah’s electronics industry continues to flourish, with significant investments from both homegrown businesses and global giants. The state’s strong manufacturing base, talented workforce, and innovative spirit will undoubtedly fuel further growth and success in the coming years.