Janicki will open Utah facility to support F-35 work

Composites manufacturer Janicki was drawn to Utah by incentives and presence of other F-35 contractors ATK and HITCO.

The State of Utah's Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced on May 13 that composites manufacturer Janicki Industries (Sedro-Woolley, Wash., USA), will establish a new Utah precision composites manufacturing facility to support the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. 

“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 company expects to make a $19.5 million capital investment in the Utah plant. 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.

“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 more than 350 people in Washington State. A decision on a final location for the new Utah facility has not yet been made, but it will add an additional 50 people to the Janicki payroll over the next several 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 and 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.”