LAYTON – One Davis County company has seen its workforce quadruple over the last year.
Pluralsight has grown so fast Р from 20 employees a year ago to nearly 100 now Р that it is moving from downtown Layton to new facilities in Farmington’s Station Park in April.
The online technology training company is moving into a 30,000 square-foot, purpose-built facility in the ever-expanding Farmington center.
“We had some choices where to move, and felt that Davis County was a place that gave us really a strategic advantage as we were recruiting talent,” said Brett Barlow, chief marketing officer.
The Davis County native said the firm can help contribute to home-grown jobs, lessening the need of 80,000 people to commute outside of the county every workday.
“We like the commuter-friendly complex built there with FrontRunner dropping people right there,” Barlow said of Station Park.
That includes making it easy for clients visiting from out-of-state, to take mass transit from Salt Lake International Airport to their future headquarters.
In anticipation of its spring move, the firm has initiated a hiring campaign, including using billboards on busy sections of I-15 and I-80.
“We are really in a hyper growth mode,” Barlow said. The Davis Chamber of Commerce recognized the success of the company by naming it the Small Business of the Year at its 2014 awards banquet.
“They have not only developed a successful business model, but their loyalty to Davis County is going to make a difference here for years to come,” said Davis Chamber President Jim Smith.
“They were heavily solicited to relocate down to the Lehi area with other high tech companies, but they made the conscious decision to remain in Davis County. By staying here they help us keep some of our best and brightest young people,” he said.
“I feel we are able to recruit top talent,” he said of staff. “We have created a culture, really are focusing on organizational health and really creating a culture where people love being here.”
Pluralsight was founded by Aaron Skonnard of Fruit Heights in 2004 as a classroom training company specializing in teaching technology to corporate clients around the world.
With the 2007-2008 recession, the firm changed focus to online instruction. It now offers more than 1,200 technology courses.
“We feel like we are really helping to solve the talent crunch,” Barlow said. That applies particularly to IT administration, software development and related professional skills, he said.
“We’re proud and excited to be a solid member of the Davis County community. We are looking forward to really big things to come,” Barlow said.