Utah has made a great place for Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest integrated provider of kidney dialysis products and services, says Steve Marler, the company's senior director of operations.
"We're a global company, and it really came down to competitiveness and what the state offers," he says of Fresenius, a German company listed on both the New York and Frankfurt stock exchanges.
Fresenius opened in Ogden nearly 20 years ago and has expanded into a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility with about 1,700 employees.
"Utah has the most to offer overall," Marler says. "We have a great labor pool that's well educated, and all of the cost drivers are very stable." He notes that, as a medical device company, it's also critical that Fresenius be in an area that supports its industry through higher education, naming Brigham Young University, Utah State University, Weber State University and the University of Utah as pools for recruiting engineers, biologists, chemists and other professionals.