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UT: Utah Recruits Key Joint Strike Fighter Contractor

20 May, 2010


The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced that Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, WA, will establish a new Utah precision composites manufacturing facility to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Janicki Industries is widely recognized as a leading composite fabrication and CNC machining company with capabilities in the aerospace, transportation, and wind energy markets.

The company was founded as Janicki Machine Design in 1993 by CEO Peter Janicki, and its first innovation was to introduce machined composites to the marine manufacturing industry.  Janicki’s proprietary 5-axis CNC mills are specifically designed to handle complex, large-scale high precision projects. 

Janicki Industries is heavily involved in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. In 2001 Lockheed Martin was selected as prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program (F-35 or JSF).  The F-35 is expected to be the world’s premier war fighting aircraft through 2040.

“Our strategic alliance with Lockheed Martin, ATK and Hitco Composites encouraged us to consider locating in Utah,” said John Janicki, President of Janicki Industries.  “We gratefully accept GOED’s incentive offer, and we look forward to building long term business relationships within the state of Utah.” 
“The State has targeted seven industry clusters, which will bring sustainable job growth to Utah.  Janicki Industries experience in aerospace, defense and composites further strengthens these industries in Utah,” said Spencer Eccles, GOED executive director.

Janicki currently employs over 350 people in Washington, State.  A decision on a final location for the new facility has not yet been made, but it will add an additional 50 people to the Janicki payroll over the next several years.  The average project base salary will be in excess of 125% of Davis County average including company contributed health benefits and will generate $20.5 million in new state wages over 10 years.  The new employees will be brought on to help Janicki fulfill its contractual obligations to ATK and Hitco Carbon Composites.

“We are thrilled about Janicki Industries’ decision to expand its operations to Utah,” says Jeff Edwards, president & CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah. “Janicki Industries presence further expands Utah’s strength in the advanced composites industry and will be a key component to further growth in this field here in our State.”

The company expects to make a $19.5 million capital investment in the Utah plant and Based on the capital investment and the number of employees being hired by the company,  the GOED Board authorized a post-performance refundable tax credit up to $316,275 over 10 years.  During the life of the incentive the State estimates the company will pay more than $1.5 million in new state tax revenue.

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