Aye, Robot! Sarcos Powers Up in Salt Lake City

$2.4 million CAPEX

292 jobs

60,000 square feet

Project Tony

August 9, 2018

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) announced Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace, humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, will expand in Utah adding up to 292 high-paying jobs, $6.1 million in new state revenue, and $2.4 million in capital investment.

“Sarcos is one of Utah’s leading innovative companies,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “This Utah company has created wonderful robotics at the University of Utah Research Park and we are excited to see where this expansion takes them.”

Sarcos is a robotics company founded in the early 1980s as a spin-out of the University of Utah. The team has a strong history of innovation in a wide variety of applications ranging from advanced humanoid robots and theme park animatronics to the robotic fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in LasVegas. Currently the company is focused on the commercialization of three energetically autonomous, highly mobile and dexterous robot products representing the culmination of decades of advancements in complex electro-mechanical and biologically-inspired engineered systems.

“Sarcos is growing rapidly – we’ve doubled our workforce in the last year as we realize our vision of delivering robotic systems that simultaneously reduce the risk of workplace injuries while also increasing productivity and efficiency,” said Ben Wolff, CEO and chairman of Sarcos Robotics. “The GOED award will support our continued growth of our team in Utah and address the unmet global demand for robotic systems that create the safest, most productive workforce possible.”

Sarcos may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the five-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit rebate.

“It’s always exciting to see companies grow in Utah‚ but it’s especially exciting when those companies are like Sarcos, with such strong historical ties to the state and our universities,” said Theresa A. Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “The company’s innovative robotics technology is accelerating progress across a diverse set of industries; we look forward to seeing the similarly-transformative impact of an expanded Sarcos presence on our Utah communities.”

Jake Berlin, business development manager, led Project Tony for EDCUtah.

For more information on this or other projects, contact Colby Cooley, at 801-323-4250,


Colby Cooley

Vice President of Business Development

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