Ancestry.com is moving to the hub of Silicon Slopes in Lehi Utah and bringing 1000 jobs with it. The Lehi area continues to boom and the residential land and home values will greatly benefit. Jobs bring home buyers and right now Edge Homes and Perry Homes are two builders who are developing the land north of timpanogos highway (sr-92) next to the new Xactware building and Ancestry.com's new campus.. They have lots of land to develop there and I expect them to sell well considering so many jobs are located right there.
Built on 10.5 acres in the Corporate Center of Traverse Mountain, the $35 million facility is scheduled to open mid-2016. The move places Ancestry.com, located in Provo for three decades, strategically near Salt Lake County.
“We’re excited about the future of our business, and just as importantly, we’re committed to remaining a great place to work,” said Zach Pino, Ancestry People and Places vice president.
The world's largest online family history resource, Ancestry.com corporate planners expect employees to initially occupy approximately 135,000 square feet on location, preparing the company for future growth and success.
“The building will be very similar to the Xactware building,” said Doug Meldrum, economic development director for the city. “This will be the second of six buildings that will look the same.”
Lehi’s Development Review Committee is looking over the Ancestry.com site plans. The Corporate Center of Traverse Mountain is where the Xactware building is located, and Ancestry.com's building would be adjacent to Xactware.
“We anticipate Ancestry to bring over 1,000 jobs to Lehi in the move,” Meldrum said. “We also anticipate many of those employees to live and shop in Lehi.
"We are constantly improving infrastructure to facilitate future growth throughout the city.”
Preliminary work on the project began in January.
“The new Ancestry headquarters will give us flexibility to grow in an environment that highlights our great people, complements the way we work and positions us to recruit from a broad base,” Pino said.
He said the location will help the company broaden its footprint in attracting and retaining top talent along the Wasatch Front.
Ancestry.com joins Xactware, Adobe, Microsoft and others in north Lehi, becoming part of what Lehi officials have dubbed the hub of "Silicon Slopes."
“I guess we feel like a rising tide makes all ships rise and are interested in the success of all of the communities around us,” Meldrum said. “When they succeed, we succeed.
"We are constantly working on opportunities for new businesses to come to Lehi. Some work out, and others decide other communities are a better fit for them.”
Ancestry.com corporate revenues have increased from $166 million in 2007 to $562 million in 2013. Reflective of that revenue, the new headquarters will have a sleek modern design that incorporates floor-to-ceiling windows to take in more light. There will be phenomenal views of Mount Timpanogos and the surrounding valley, said the Ancestry.com press release.
The current headquarters are located at the Riverwoods in Provo.
Ancestry.com has focused on making family history more accessible to millions of people worldwide and was founded as Ancestry Publishing in 1983, focusing on publishing genealogical books and magazine titles.
Ancestry.com officially launched in 1996. The corporation has localized websites directed in eight countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, France and Sweden.
With this latest move, it’s anybody’s guess what’s next for Lehi in economic growth.
“As for future companies, we’ll have to wait and see, but we are in a good position to see additional future growth,” Meldrum said. “We are very excited to see Ancestry move to Lehi and feel like they will be a fantastic addition to the list of business here.
"We are excited for the opportunity to be good working partners with such a great company and welcome them to their new home.”
Cathy Allred is north Utah County reporter for the Daily Herald and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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