CaptiveAire Finds Warm Reception in St. George

April 8, 2021

The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), St. George Area Economic Development, and the City of St. George are pleased to announce that CaptiveAire Systems, Inc. will open an office in Utah, adding up to 50 new high-paying jobs in the state in the next seven years. The expansion includes capital expenditures of $2.6 million.

“We’re excited that CaptiveAire has decided to grow in St. George,” said Dan Hemmert, GOED’s executive director. “This expansion will create high-paying jobs in sales, engineering, and management. We wish the company success as they continue to grow.”

CaptiveAire is a leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment and a quickly growing commercial and industrial HVAC equipment manufacturer. CaptiveAire’s ventilation product offering includes dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), listed ductwork, exhaust hoods, exhaust fans, electrical controls, industrial heaters, fire suppression systems, and many more. The company serves a variety of restaurants and national chains as well as public and private institutions such as industrial, correctional, military, hotel, and school facilities.

“We’re thrilled to open a large office and research lab in Utah,” said Bob Luddy, president and founder of CaptiveAire. “St. George has been the home of our application engineering team for some time, and we’re excited to see this area of our company grow and expand.”

The GOED Board has approved a post-performance tax credit not to exceed $133,786. Each year that CaptiveAire meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit.

“We’re thrilled to welcome CaptiveAire, the nation’s largest commercial kitchen ventilation system manufacturer, to the heart of downtown St. George,” said Gregg McArthur, director of St. George Area Economic Development. “The decision of CaptiveAire to expand its engineering operations in Washington County is evidence that we are quickly becoming a top choice for companies looking for a highly skilled workforce and a great quality of life.”

“CaptiveAire will find Utah a business-friendly state that values teamwork to support corporate growth strategies,” said Theresa A. Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “Thanks to the combined efforts of Team Utah, the company is already benefiting from our state’s collaborative approach.”

Erin Farr, senior business development manager, led this project for EDCUtah.

For more information on this or other projects, contact Colby Cooley, vice president of business development, at 801-323-4250,

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Erin Farr

Vice President of Business Development