Two Valley Businesses Honored for Workplace Safety

By Karen Wolfe, USU Research Foundation/Space Dynamics Lab and
Colleen Logan, ICON Health & Fitness Inc.
May 29, 2008

LOGAN—On June 3, two valley businesses will be recognized by the Worker’s Compensation Fund, or WCF, for their achievements in providing a safe working environment for their workforces.

The Utah State University Research Foundation’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, or SDL, will receive a Charles A. Caine Safety Award for maintaining and improving a safe workplace. The company is one of only fifteen companies in the state to be presented with the Caine award.

ICON Health & Fitness, who received the Charles A. Caine Safety Award in 2007, will be presented a WCF Diversity Award this year. ICON will be recognized for its acknowledgement of the ethnic and racial diversity of its workforce, and its efforts towards training and protecting this diverse workforce. ICON shares this distinction with only one other organization in Utah, the United Way of Salt Lake.

As one of only twelve university affiliated research centers in the nation, SDL designs and builds instrumentation for customers such as NASA and the Department of Defense. It has designed and fabricated over 400 payloads, including shuttle experiments, small satellites and satellite-based sensor systems. Core competencies include infrared and hyperspectral sensor development, data compression and exploitation, cryogenic systems and sensor calibration.

The USU Research Foundation and SDL are headquartered on the Innovation Campus in North Logan, Utah. Their facilities encompass a 6-building, 200,000 square foot research complex that includes a state-of-the-art machine shop, several class-100 clean rooms with full contamination control services, high-bay integration areas, office and conference space, and a calibration facility that is undergoing upgrades to make it one of the most comprehensive in the nation.

ICON Health & Fitness is the world’s largest developer, manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment, under company-owned brands as NordicTrack, HealthRider, ProForm, Weider, FreeMotion and others. ICON’s Cache Valley headquarters employs more than 3,000 people, including the fitness industry’s largest Research & Development organization. As a leader in the fitness industry, ICON holds more than 200 patents for a wide range of fitness innovation, including Space Saver®, the patented foldability of a treadmill and a top-requested consumer feature; iFit®, the patented technology to remotely control consumer fitness equipment; FreeMotion®, the inventor of functional strength training, and many more features.

ICON also has offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and in several locations in Europe.