Bluffdale’s Owell Precast becomes Olympus Precast

Following nearly a quarter century of success and measured growth, the owners and management of Owell Precast chose Olympus Precast as the new name of their precast concrete manufacturing facility at 16120 South Pony Express Road in Bluffdale.

Owner Bill Ashton commented, “The change of the corporate name is an exciting and important milestone in the history of our company, and just part of the company’s expanded corporate focus in response to market forces. I see the Olympus Precast name as a powerful catalyst for continued progress and growth.”

Inspired by the immovable Mount Olympus, the name is intended to reflect Olympus Precast’s bold commitment to quality, safety and integrity.

The company owners perceive the new name as only one of many positive changes. “We are thrilled with the talents and experience of the team of professionals Olympus Precast has in place. We are prepared to exceed customer expectations as we help define the future.” said owner Brent Baker.

SLC company DevPoint announces scholarship for women

DevPoint Labs, a leading Utah web development bootcamp, announced today they will be offering a scholarship for women interested in pursuing a career in full stack or front end web development.

"There is an overwhelming shortage of women in the computer programming industry,” said Ty Diamse, DevPoint Labs co-founder. “We need more diversity in the workplace to drive original ideas and innovation. This isn’t a boy’s club. I know I’m not the only one tired of seeing all guys at networking events."

The scholarship will be awarded to one woman from each of DevPoint’s three-month development courses. It will include free tuition, a six month membership to the Church & State co-working space and a three-month paid internship after successful completion of the course.

Church & State is a Salt Lake City-based business incubator. Last year, it received an economic development grant from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, a collaborative partnership between the Department of Workforce Services, Utah System of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Big data supplier PicoCluster selected for StartSLC

Big Data supplier, PicoCluster LLC, has been accepted into a technology funding pitch competition for the inaugural StartSLC technology festival. PicoCluster makes an affordable personal data center which allows more people to train in the growing field while significantly reducing energy consumption.

StartSLC is billed as the largest grass roots technology and startup festival to ever be held in Utah. The event will close with a funding pitch competition worth $250,000 to three winners in three different categories.

“We’re glad the event organizers see the value in our products to give us the opportunity to secure needed funding,” said PicoCluster co-founder Craig Brown.

PicoCluster presented in the preliminary competitionon Jan. 21.

Big Data is a $100 billion industry growing twice as fast as the software business as a whole. But that growth is creating a shortage of programming talent. PicoCluster’s Personal Data Center concept reduces equipment and operational costs which allows more people to train and become qualified technologists. Additionally, the software component of PicoCluster transforms Big Data software like Hadoop, ElasticSearch and Cassandra into a simple interface to accelerate training for new users.

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