Housing shortage is getting so bad in Utah, employers are starting to step up

By Tony Semerad | The Salt Lake Tribune

October 31, 2022

For a pioneering no-kill animal shelter located amid the grandeur of Utah’s national parks, this is wild territory.

A chronic housing shortage in and around Kanab has recently turned much worse and Best Friends Animal Society -- Kane County's largest employer with around 850 workers and 40 job openings -- says it's building affordable housing for its workers.

Company leaders, homebuilding partners and their pets celebrated recently by tossing shovels of red dirt at a groundbreaking that is reverberating as a first in the nonprofit world.

With the way Utah's housing market is turning, it’s also a harbinger of what's to come for other major employers, especially for those enticed to come to Utah with public funds.

Echoing old company towns in Utah’s early mining history -- places like Magna, Bingham and Copperton -- the Best Friends animal sanctuary is building 12 duplexes for 24 dwellings in Kanab with private yards, garages and appliances just a 15-minute drive away, with the first units to open sometime in 2023.

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Salt Lake Tribune Top Workplaces 2022

Meet the 155 companies in Utah that received the highest ratings from their employees in 2022.



Large Businesses

#1 Large Business

Health Catalyst, Inc.

Vendor Serving Healthcare Industry
(founded in 2008)

#2 Large Business

O.C. Tanner Company

Employee Appreciation Services and Rewards
(founded in 1927)

#3 Large Business

CHG Healthcare

Healthcare staffing
(founded in 1979)

#4 Large Business

Fidelity Investments

Financial Services
(founded in 1946)

#5 Large Business

Big-D Construction Corp

Design-Build General Contractor
(founded in 1967)

#6 Large Business

LendingClub

FinTech Bank
(founded in 2007)

#7 Large Business

1-800 CONTACTS, Inc.

Health & Personal Care
(founded in 1995)

#8 Large Business

Young Automotive Group

Automotive Group
(founded in 1925)

#9 Large Business

SoFi

Fintech
(founded in 2011)

#10 Large Business

Security National Financial Corporation

Financial Services & Insurance
(founded in 1965)

#11 Large Business

SelectHealth

Non-profit
(founded in 1984)

#12 Large Business

Extra Space Storage, Inc.

Self Storage
(founded in 1977)

#13 Large Business

BAE Systems Intelligence and Security

Federal Government
(founded in 1999)

#14 Large Business

Salt Lake County Library

Public LIbrary
(founded in 1939)

#15 Large Business

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Restaurant
(founded in 1996)

#16 Large Business

MX

Financial technology
(founded in 2010)

#17 Large Business

Panda Restaurant Group

Restaurant
(founded in 1973)

#18 Large Business

Weave

Other - Business Services
(founded in 2011)

#19 Large Business

Saela

Pest Control
(founded in 2008)

#20 Large Business

Zions Bank

Banks
(founded in 1873)

#21 Large Business

MarketStar

Other - Business Services
(founded in 1988)

#22 Large Business

Prestige Financial Services

Credit & Finance
(founded in 1994)

#23 Large Business

Ken Garff Automotive Group

Auto Dealerships
(founded in 1932)

#24 Large Business

Discover Financial Services

Financial
(founded in 1985)

#25 Large Business

Nicholas & Company

Foodservice and Distribution
(founded in 1939)

#26 Large Business

Mastercontrol

Enterprise Software for Life Sciences

#27 Large Business

Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Biotech
(founded in 1991)

#28 Large Business

Best Friends Animal Society

Animal Welfare
(founded in 1984)

#29 Large Business

Ogden Clinic

Healthcare
(founded in 1950)

#30 Large Business

Hadco Construction

Heavy Construction & Civil Engineering, Concrete

#31 Large Business

American Preparatory Academy

Primary / Secondary Schools
(founded in 2002)

#32 Large Business

HealthEquity, Inc

Health account administrator
(founded in 2002)

#33 Large Business

GoHealth

Insurance Industry Software Products & Services
(founded in 2001)

#34 Large Business

Aptive Environmental

Pest Control
(founded in 2015)

#35 Large Business

Intermountain Healthcare

Hospitals & Health Systems
(founded in 1975)


Midsize Businesses

#1 Midsize Business

Juniper Systems

Electronics / Computers

#2 Midsize Business

Pura

Marketing and Branding

#3 Midsize Business

Zonos

SaaS
(founded in 2009)

#4 Midsize Business

Crucial Learning

Corporate training and leadership development
(founded in 2001)

#5 Midsize Business

First Step House

Human and social services
(founded in 1958)

#6 Midsize Business

Awardco

Employee Recognition and Engagement
(founded in 2015)

#7 Midsize Business

Ensign Engineering

Civil-Structural Engineering and Land Surveying
(founded in 1987)

#8 Midsize Business

TCN

Software as a Service
(founded in 1999)

#9 Midsize Business

Applicant Pro

Mass Market Apps / Software
(founded in 2007)

#10 Midsize Business

Blackrock Neurotech

Biotechnology
(founded in 2008)

#11 Midsize Business

JobNimbus

CRM software company - SaaS
(founded in 2013)

#12 Midsize Business

Tanner LLC

Public Accounting
(founded in 1940)

#13 Midsize Business

SILAC Insurance Company

Annuities and Insurance
(founded in 1935)

#14 Midsize Business

Deseret First Credit Union

Credit Union
(founded in 1955)

#15 Midsize Business

Priority Dispatch

Emergency Services (911 Centers)
(founded in 1978)

#16 Midsize Business

Crumbl Cookies (Headquarters)

Food / Grocery
(founded in 2017)

#17 Midsize Business

Becklar

Security & Protection
(founded in 2017)

#18 Midsize Business

Bhme

Clothing, Footwear, & Accessories
(founded in 2006)

#19 Midsize Business

FinWise Bank

Banks
(founded in 2000)

#20 Midsize Business

TruHearing, Inc.

Hearing Health
(founded in 1993)

#21 Midsize Business

Boostability

Online Marketing
(founded in 2009)

#22 Midsize Business

Ace Recycling & Disposal

Trash and recycle hauler
(founded in 1980)

#23 Midsize Business

Gabb Wireless

Cell Phone Carrier
(founded in 2019)

#24 Midsize Business

Verisys Corporation

Data Analysis & Research
(founded in 1996)

#25 Midsize Business

WholesomeCo Cannabis

Pharmacy - Healthcare
(founded in 2019)

#26 Midsize Business

NetDocuments

Mass Market Apps / Software
(founded in 1999)

#27 Midsize Business

Chartway Credit Union

Banks
(founded in 1959)

#28 Midsize Business

Sirsi Corporation

Enterprise Software
(founded in 1976)

#29 Midsize Business

BHI

Construction - Other
(founded in 1998)

#30 Midsize Business

Bridge Investment Group

Real Estate Investment
(founded in 1995)

#31 Midsize Business

BlenderBottle Company

Wholesale Distribution
(founded in 2000)

#32 Midsize Business

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Financial
(founded in 1998)

#33 Midsize Business

UMC Inc

Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration
(founded in 1973)

#34 Midsize Business

Medical Review Institute of America, LLC

External Review
(founded in 1983)

#35 Midsize Business

Summit Vista

Senior Living
(founded in 2018)

#36 Midsize Business

City of South Jordan

Local Government
(founded in 1859)

#37 Midsize Business

Bedrock Quartz

Stone (Countertops, tile)
(founded in 1976)

#38 Midsize Business

Skullcandy

Consumer Electronics
(founded in 2003)

#39 Midsize Business

Wintrust Financial Corporation

Investment Management
(founded in 1991)

#40 Midsize Business

Redstone Residential

Real Estate - Property Management
(founded in 2009)

#41 Midsize Business

Motorola Solutions

Enterprise Software
(founded in 1928)

#42 Midsize Business

Odyssey House of Utah

Substance Abuse Treatment and Behavioral Health
(founded in 1971)

#43 Midsize Business

Orbit Irrigation Products

Custom Consumer Goods
(founded in 1971)

#44 Midsize Business

GSL Electric

Electrical Contractor
(founded in 1981)


Small Businesses

#1 Small Business

Utah Foster Care

Human and social services
(founded in 1999)

#2 Small Business

Atomic Fi

Fintech, SaaS
(founded in 2019)

#3 Small Business

Motivosity

SaaS for HR - Employee Recognition
(founded in 2013)

#4 Small Business

MarketDial

Enterprise Software
(founded in 2016)

#5 Small Business

busybusy.com

Mass Market Apps / Software
(founded in 2015)

#6 Small Business

York Howell & Guymon

We specialize in estate, tax, business planning, real estate law, and litigation services.
(founded in 2013)

#7 Small Business

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area

Non-profit - Other
(founded in 1988)

#8 Small Business

Scalar

Financial Valuation Firm
(founded in 2009)

#9 Small Business

Chatbooks

Software
(founded in 2012)

#10 Small Business

PROLOOK

Custom Sports Apparel
(founded in 1996)

#11 Small Business

eLuma

Education - Other
(founded in 2011)

#12 Small Business

TravelPass Group

Marketing and Technology
(founded in 2008)

#13 Small Business

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Mortgage Lending
(founded in 1996)

#14 Small Business

Onset Financial, Inc.

Financial Services & Insurance
(founded in 2008)

#15 Small Business

Eddy HR

All-in-one HR Suite built to help businesses easily manage their people, payroll, and HR processes
(founded in 2017)

#16 Small Business

Tech9

Custom Software Development & UX Design
(founded in 2015)

#17 Small Business

Smarty

Enterprise Software
(founded in 2011)

#18 Small Business

97th Floor

Digital Marketing
(founded in 2005)

#19 Small Business

Groove Technology Solutions

Technology
(founded in 2007)

#20 Small Business

Stratus.hr

Professional Employer Organization (outsourced ...
(founded in 1999)

#21 Small Business

Oz Marketing

Advertising and Marketing - Other
(founded in 2010)

#22 Small Business

Elase

Personal Care
(founded in 2004)

#23 Small Business

Focus Engineering & Surveying

Heavy Construction & Civil Engineering
(founded in 2007)

#24 Small Business

Cambridge Financial Group

Financial Services & Insurance - Other
(founded in 1990)

#25 Small Business

Smart Wave Solar

Solar Install
(founded in 2019)

#26 Small Business

Nursa

Staffing - Healthcare
(founded in 2018)

#27 Small Business

Gold Standard Automotive Network

Automotive
(founded in 2006)

#28 Small Business

Aspen Senior Care

In-Home Senior Care Helping seniors live comfortably and independently in their own homes.
(founded in 2004)

#29 Small Business

Access Development

Business Support Services
(founded in 1984)

#30 Small Business

Cornerstone Aviation

Education - Other
(founded in 2003)

#31 Small Business

LUX Catering & Events

Special Events & Catering
(founded in 1995)

#32 Small Business

Max Connect Digital

Digital Marketing
(founded in 2013)

#33 Small Business

Shipley Associates

Other - Business Services
(founded in 1972)

#34 Small Business

Zwick Construction Company

Building Construction
(founded in 1969)

#35 Small Business

Arctic Wolf Networks, Inc.

Security
(founded in 2012)

#36 Small Business

Haynie & Company

Certified Public Accountants & Management Consultants
(founded in 1960)

#37 Small Business

G&A Partners

G&A Partners delivers world-class services with experts in HR administration, payroll, and benefits.
(founded in 1995)

#38 Small Business

Big Leap

Digital Marketing Agency
(founded in 2008)

#39 Small Business

Wasatch I.T.

Managed Services & Outsourcing
(founded in 2002)

#40 Small Business

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Financial
(founded in 1956)

#41 Small Business

VLCM

Value Added Reseller - Information Technology
(founded in 1983)

#42 Small Business

Sundance Bay

Development

#43 Small Business

Monumetric

Programmatic Advertising Technology & Content Creator Tools
(founded in 2013)

#44 Small Business

Achieve Today

Education Technology
(founded in 2013)

#45 Small Business

Saprea

Non-profit - Child sexual abuse
(founded in 2014)

#46 Small Business

Bamboo Insurance

General Insurance
(founded in 2018)

#47 Small Business

Reach (formerly CallForce)

Dental Solutions Company
(founded in 2016)

#48 Small Business

IHG Hotels and Resorts

Hotel
(founded in 1989)

#49 Small Business

Frazil

Food / Beverages
(founded in 2004)

#50 Small Business

CBIZ

Business Services
(founded in 1996)

#51 Small Business

Jill's Office

Call Centers
(founded in 2015)

#52 Small Business

The Arbinger Institute

Organizational Transformation and Training
(founded in 1979)

#53 Small Business

Rock West Composites

Composite Engineering and Manufacturing
(founded in 2006)

#54 Small Business

DAKCS Software Systems

Payment & Accounts Receivable Software
(founded in 1983)

#55 Small Business

Teem

Staffing - Services
(founded in 2021)

#56 Small Business

CSC

Legal and Financial Services
(founded in 1899)

#57 Small Business

Alpha Warranty Services

Financial Services & Insurance
(founded in 2002)

#58 Small Business

eAssist

Dental Billing, Accounting, and Insurance Verification
(founded in 2009)

#59 Small Business

Utah Food Bank

Human and social services
(founded in 1904)

#60 Small Business

OptConnect

Managed Wireless Service Provider
(founded in 2009)

#61 Small Business

Xima Software

Telecommunications
(founded in 2007)

#62 Small Business

Rain Retail Software

Rain is an all-in-one point-of-sale, website, and marketing system for specialty retailers.
(founded in 2006)

#63 Small Business

Earnest Operations LLC

Credit & Finance
(founded in 2013)

#64 Small Business

Relic+EKR

full-service marketing and advertising agency
(founded in 2000)

#65 Small Business

ArbiterSports

Web-based Services
(founded in 1984)

#66 Small Business

Sunwest Bank

Commercial Bank
(founded in 1969)

#67 Small Business

GoEngineer

Value Added Reseller - Information Technology
(founded in 1984)

#68 Small Business

My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe

Quilting
(founded in 2011)

#69 Small Business

Stewart Title Guaranty

Financial Services & Insurance
(founded in 1893)

#70 Small Business

CBC Mortgage Agency

Mortgage Lending
(founded in 2013)

#71 Small Business

Nxt Property Management

Property Management
(founded in 2017)

#72 Small Business

Automation Products Group

Electrical Equipment, Appliances, & Components
(founded in 2006)

#73 Small Business

Granite Credit Union

Credit Union
(founded in 1935)

#74 Small Business

Master Muffler Shops

Services
(founded in 1963)

#75 Small Business

CallTower

Unified Communications as a Service
(founded in 2002)

#76 Small Business

REDX

Vertical Industry Software Products & Services
(founded in 2003)
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