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Governor Herbert Visits Lifetime Products Factory

November 8, 2012

Governer Herbert with Lifetime President Hendrickson

CLEARFIELD, UTAH — This past week, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert toured local manufacturer, Lifetime Products, Inc. in Clearfield, Utah to get a first-hand look at manufacturing processes and issues, and gain insight on how government can better help Utah manufacturing companies.

His visit also served as an opportunity to receive an update on a company utilizing tax incentives from the Governor's Office of Economic Development(GOED). Just over a year ago, Lifetime Products Inc. entered a partnership with GOED, Davis County, and Clearfield City to expand its plastics manufacturing facility via a $41 million capital investment over 10 years. Since the partnership, Lifetime's plastics capacity increased about 20 percent and six new blow-molding machines are currently being added and are scheduled for completion 2013.

Accompanied by his campaign manager, Scott Ericson, Governor Herbert met with Lifetime Products President Richard Hendrickson and CFO Mark Whiting. “Governor Herbert has a strong focus on creating and keeping jobs in Utah,” said Hendrickson. “Being able to see first-hand the positive impact his economic initiatives are having on the local community is invaluable feedback for future programs and development.”

The Governor toured part of Lifetime's 3.2 million-square-foot manufacturing factory which included Lifetime's metals and plastics facilities. With the addition of the expanded plastics facility, Lifetime now operates the largest blow-molded facility of its kind in North America. The new facility at Lifetime's headquarters in the Freeport Center houses several large blow-molding machines used to manufacture kayaks and sheds which are sold around the globe in more than 70 countries. The state-of-the art blow-molding and metal facilities were designed using the more than 25 years of experience Lifetime gained by manufacturing residential basketball hoops, blow-molded folding tables and chairs, and more.

As part of the agreement with GOED, Lifetime will retain its current workforce and add an additional 142 new full-time positions over 20 years. Hendrickson explained during the Governor's visit that Lifetime has hired 130 new positions in 2012 alone, and expects to continue creating new jobs with the expansion of the plastics facility.

During his factory tour, the Governor spoke to a small group of Lifetime employees saying, “Lifetime Products is a great example of a homegrown Utah business competing successfully in a global marketplace. Their commitment to innovation and providing quality products keeps hundreds of Utahns employed and helps drive our state economy forward.”

Following the tour of the Lifetime’s manufacturing facilities, Governor Herbert also visited the recently completed 5,400-square-foot Lifetime Health Clinic which provides convenient on-site access to medical care for Lifetime employees and their family members. Hendrickson explained the key role of the clinic is taking care of Lifetime’s employees and their families.

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Established in 1986, Lifetime Products Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah with products sold in more than 70 countries. Lifetime is the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene folding tables, chairs, and residential basketball hoops and also offers outdoor sheds, kayaks, and more. For more information about Lifetime and its products, visit www.lifetime.com.