Top Private Companies

A Spotlight of Five Top Private Companies

Utah Business Editors

January 20, 2012

Slightly bruised but not broken, our annual list of Utah’s top 100 private companies illustrates models of economic resilience. Committed to quality and consistency, these companies prove industry is rebounding in the Beehive State. 5. C.R. England Inc. Founded in 1920, C.R. England is headquartered in Salt Lake City and has been family owned and operated for four generations. C.R. England values each truck driver’s safety and provides opportunities for drivers to take charge of their lives. The company also operates four driver schools located nationwide. The company earns its client's trust by responding to each customer's unique needs and delivering freight safely and on schedule. Throughout the years, experience, integrity and a solid track record have earned C.R. England a reputation as one of the nation's leading companies specializing in temperature-controlled transportation products. The company serves its customers through the following business units: England North American Division, England Mexico, England Dedicated, England Logistics and England Refrigerated Intermodal. C.R. England also offers valuable services to other trucking companies through England Carrier Services. This division provides factoring, fuel discounts, and other services to participating carriers, allowing them to concentrate on the core competencies of their business. 30. Del Sol Working hard to live up to its mission statement to “create fun, joy, smiles and memories for everyone under the sun”, Del Sol has grown to become the world’s largest retailer of merchandise that changes color in the sun. Beginning in 1994 at its Sandy headquarters, the company combined science and sunshine to create the world's first T-shirt that changes color in sunlight. Throughout the years, the company expanded to include a variety of clothing apparel, such as hoodie sweatshirts, board shorts, hats, flip-flops, nail polish, color-changing necklaces, rings, pendants, hair clips, barrettes, earrings, sport discs, competition-quality yo-yo's, and lifetime-guaranteed Sol Dials™ watches “We've made visiting Del Sol a magical experience that people of all ages and from all places can truly enjoy,” says Del Sol president and CEO, Jeff Pedersen. Taking advantage of the opportunity to market on cruise ships and to open anchor stores in popular ports-of-call and airports, Del Sol became one of the most highly promoted merchants on several popular cruise lines. Today the company's merchandise is changing colors in over 100 stores throughout the world. 60. Black Diamond Equipment Black Diamond Equipment employees define themselves as “a company of users.” As a result, they are the greatest dreamers about what could be, and the harshest critics about what exists. With offices in three continents, the company’s limitless energy and hands-on involvement is creating a promising future for climbers and skiers all over the world. Company headquarters in Salt Lake City give Black Diamond the unique opportunity to share the same experiences their users do on rock, ice and snow, pushing them to make the best gear possible. Black Diamond’s roots trace back to 1957 when Yvon Chouinard used a hammer and anvil to pound out hand-forged pitons. Throughout the years, the company added new products and refined existing ones. The company changed its name in 1989 and relocated to Utah. Actively involved with protecting the environment, Black Diamond and Waste Management recycled an estimated 235 tons of Black Diamond’s waste, or approximately 60 percent of the organization’s total solid waste stream in 2009. This recycling effort amounted to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 510 tons CO2e, which is roughly equivalent to reducing 720,000 miles on the road each year.
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