LAYTON—Davis County has already become a leader in composites and manufacturing, but with the opening of the new KIHOMAC state-of-the-art facility in Layton, the industry is poised to take it to the next level.
“Welcome to my American dream,” said Ki Ho Kang president and CEO of KIHOMAC at a grand opening ceremony held Oct. 28. “This is what this is. We hope to further support Hill’s needs and those of the state of Utah, Davis County and city of Layton. Without your support this facility would not have been possible.”
KIHOMAC is a government contractor that provides aerospace metal and composite manufacturing. The 130,000 square foot building is located at 3800 N. Fairfield Road in the Layton/Hill AFB East Gate Development.
“We hope to offer high paying jobs here,” said Kang. “We’re still looking to fill about 20 positions. We went from start to finish on this project in less than 12 months. We are truly grateful to the construction company, they’ve done an outstanding job.”
Kang thanked his family members who had traveled from other states to support him. “I want to thank my mother, father and mother- and father-in-law for the sacrifices they made to come here (to the United States). They gave up everything they knew so that we could have a better life. They believe the U.S. is a shining city on the hill – that everything is possible. They came 40 years ago and this is their legacy as well.”
He recounted how he joined the Air Force when he was a shy young kid. “They took the time to teach me what I know,” he said. “They gave me a life of opportunity that I would have never known. America does that. People try to talk the country down, but it’s the greatest country in the world and history of mankind.”
As part of his commitment to see the industry grow in the area, Kang announced that he and his wife were giving land and funds as a gift to Layton to build an innovation center where other small start-up companies could grow their business like his.
“We’re working with USU, the U and Weber State to make this dream possible,” he said. “We hope within the next 25 years we can make this thing happen for the city.”
Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) also addressed the crowd. “On behalf of Governor Herbert and the citizens of Utah, I want to congratulate you,” he said. “This is a red letter day. It’s really great to see something like this happening here. This is a great example of how the incentive program works. About two thirds of the funds provided by the state are for local businesses to help them grow and expand. The state of Utah and the city of Layton will really benefit from this.”
Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson spoke of his father’s involvement in city government and how it influenced his interest in serving as mayor.
“My father once told me, the decisions you make while in office will affect the city, county and state for the rest of history – so consider them carefully,” he said. “The decision to create this area (East Gate) was made in 2007. That showed a lot of wisdom and foresight. This is absolutely amazing. It will not only affect Layton city and Hill but the state for years to come. We’ve also got an option on another 25 acres so that we can continue to see this area grow.”
Stevenson said KIHOMAC will continue to bring family sustaining jobs here. “The innovation center is one more cog to help this area blossom over the years,” he said. “I believe it will become one of the key areas in the state for the future. On behalf of Layton we welcome you. Thank you for everything you’ve done.”