Global manufacturer Jabil, Inc. plans to locate an operations center in Tooele County, Utah. The $10 million project is expected to create 150 jobs over the next seven years.
As an incentive, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity gave the company a temporary, marginal tax reduction for its expansion in rural Utah. This post-performance corporate incentive is part of the Legislature’s Economic Development Tax Increment Finance program. Eligible companies work with the Economic Opportunity office to outline performance criteria. Once the office confirms those criteria have been met, according to statute, companies can receive a refund of a percentage of the new, additional state taxes they paid until their contract expires.
By locating in Tooele County, Jabil is eligible for the rural modifications of the state’s EDTIF tax credit program. Tax credits are approved by Go Utah’s governor-appointed executive director, with advice from the Go Utah Board and support from local communities.
“Jabil is a global leader in manufacturing. This project focuses on energy storage, and it will have significant ripple effects in Tooele County and green energy industries,” said Dan Hemmert, the Office of Economic Opportunity’s executive director. “This is a big win for the state, and we hope to see additional Utah expansions from Jabil in the future.”
Jabil may receive up to 30% of the additional state taxes it will pay over the seven-year life of the agreement in the form of a Utah Legislature-authorized Rural Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (REDTIF) tax credit. Each year that Jabil meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will qualify for a portion of the total tax credit.
“The Jabil expansion demonstrates that Utah has the talent and infrastructure to support the fast-growing battery industry,” said Theresa A. Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah). “With Jabil’s lead, we foresee other similar projects coming our way. Congratulations to Tooele County, and thanks to Mel Lavitt and other Utah proponents who advocated for Utah with the company.”
Jabil is a global manufacturing company with more than 260,000 employees across 100 locations in 30 countries. Jabil has a list of customers, including 300 of the world’s biggest brands in every market, from healthcare, packaging, smartphones, and cloud equipment to automotive and home appliances.