Wasatch Electric



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Cellular telephone users know that entering a building can sometimes cause interference with reception. But thanks to a Utah company, that will never be a problem at three particular sites in the state, namely the Salt Palace and the Little and Grand America hotels.

Wasatch Electric, which is located in Salt Lake, installed wireless systems in these facilities for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. The company is currently involved in the installation of a new data technology called 3G or ³third generation² in the Salt Palace and the public areas of Little and Grand America Hotels. The new technology allows wireless data transmission to connect PDA or personal data assistant devices. So, a business traveler, for example, can check email and obtain Internet access while at the Salt Palace or while in a restaurant or coffee shop at the Grand America Hotel.

Many people think of Wasatch Electric as the old company formed in 1919 to provide electrical services for businesses and residences. Gary DeMille, Wasatch Electric's teledata manager told me that a primary reason why Wasatch Electric was selected to perform the wireless installations is because of the company's diversity and reputation for quality and integrity. And though Wasatch Electric is recognized as a strong electrical contractor, it also has a division named ³Comtech Services² that specializes in cellular, control systems, DC power systems and Teledata.

The Teledata department installs communications cabling for telephone systems, local area networks, outside plant cables, wireless systems and cabling for digital electronic signs, arena scoreboards and large-scale video screens. Wasatch Electric recently installed the fiber optic cabling for the huge electronic sign at Thanksgiving Point, and several years ago, completely installed the scoreboards and Mitsubishi DiamondVision video boards at BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium and Marriott Center.

Wasatch Electric is the only ISO 9001 certified electrical contractor in the Intermountain area. Wasatch Electric, a division of Dynalectric Company is a member of the EMCOR Group. EMCOR employs 25,000 persons worldwide and is on the list of Fortune magazine's 2002 top ten most admired companies.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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