“BZI is a leader in business innovation and committed to investing in a healthy and strong economic rural Utah,” said Ben Hart, Executive Director of the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA). “The company’s contributions and collaborative partnerships in rural Southern Utah bring substantial growth opportunities to local businesses, workers, and communities. The UIPA is proud to present this prestigious recognition to BZI.”
“We are honored to accept such a meaningful award,” said BZI CEO James Barlow. “Making a positive impact on the communities in which we do business is paramount to our mission. We believe in the strengths and potential of Southern Utah. BZI will continue our investments and growth in this region to enhance and facilitate global access and economic opportunities for our area.”
Barlow was also a featured presenter at the One Utah conference, where he shared his insights on BZI’s approaches, programs, and values that build a company culture where leaders can develop and thrive. According to the One Utah Summit website, the fall conference brings together Utah’s top leaders and decision-makers who influence the economic viability of rural Utah. Attendees will focus on partnerships and platforms that support building strong communities and leaders.
BZI and affiliate companies recently hosted a groundbreaking of the 820-acre sustainable industrial park, Commerce Crossroads™ (www.commercecrossroads.com), and the grand opening of its first tenant, RailSync™ (www.railsync.io), on August 22, 2023, in Cedar City, Utah. The event featured Utah Governor Spencer Cox, the UIPA (inlandportauthority.utah.gov), and numerous government and business leaders from around the Southern Utah region. The group celebrated these new developments and companies’ positive impact on the area’s economic progress, regional businesses, and surrounding communities.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Kanarraville, Utah, the BZI family of companies operates through three primary organizations: Building Zone Industries, LLC is responsible for steel erection, while BZI Steel, LLC specializes in steel fabrication. InnovaTech, LLC specializes in designing, engineering, and manufacturing innovative construction equipment and processes to enhance efficiency and safety on the job. To support its workforce and maintain high safety and quality standards, BZI partners with SteelTech Academy, an exclusive technical, safety, and vocational training center offered to all team members. The academy provides training in OSHA (10) and (30) certifications, equipment operations, fall protection, and industry-specific welding certifications. Since 2021, SteelTech Academy has issued over 3,200 certifications across these disciplines and consistently logs over 10,000 student contact hours annually. BZI is a proud member of and accredited by AISC, an organization that recently bestowed upon BZI its top safety award, the “Erector Award of Honor.” CEO James Barlow serves on the Forbes Business Council and has recently been named a recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. Beginning as farmers raising pole barns, BZI is now completing and executing major construction projects across the United States and is recognized as a leading provider of innovative construction solutions for companies worldwide.