Two companies bring 390 jobs to Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS— Two companies plan to create 390 jobs in Southern Nevada after being approved for state tax incentives today during the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Directors meeting.

Wilen Vegas, LLC is expanding its existing Clark County manufacturing facility and Kodiak Trucking will relocate its corporate headquarters to North Las Vegas, adding a combined 275 jobs within two years and the potential for 390 jobs over the next five years. The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) provided support and guidance to both companies throughout the tax abatement approval process, which supports economic development and diversification efforts throughout the state.

“We are energized to see these two companies expand in the Greater Vegas region,” said Tina Quigley, LVGEA President & CEO. “Both companies pointed to our region’s business-friendly climate and high quality of life as reasons why they choose Southern Nevada. We are laser focused on championing the Greater Vegas business brand, and these companies are proof the message is getting out.”

During its quarterly meeting today, the GOED Board approved tax incentives for a total of five companies relocating or expanding throughout the state, including the two companies in Southern Nevada. These five companies will make a capital investment of $1.3 billion in the first two years and generate $256 million in net new tax revenues over the next 20 years.

“Nevada continues to attract companies who are making significant investments, creating good jobs, and expanding our tax base,” said Michael Brown, GOED Executive Director. “One of those companies is making $1.1 billion in capital investments, another is paying an average wage of $58.58, and yet another will operate a land-based salmon production facility.”

GOED works closely with the LVGEA and other economic development organizations across the state to ensure that companies have access to tax abatements that incentivize expanding or locating a business in Nevada.

Learn more about the companies expanding into Southern Nevada below:

Wilen Vegas, LLC — 60 jobs, $30.78 average wage, General & Advanced Manufacturing

Wilen Vegas is a subsidiary of Wilen New York, LLC. The company specializes in creating direct marketing communications for a wide range of industries, and provides direct marketing strategy, marketing optimization, and creative services. Wilen Vegas plans to expand its existing Clark County manufacturing facility by 28,000 square feet.

“One major draw we didn’t realize until we opened, was Las Vegas itself,” said Darrin Wilen, President of the Wilen Group. “In the past year or so, we have seen more clients want to come to a site tour and see Las Vegas for what it offers. In addition, most of our clients visit Las Vegas for their industry conventions, and they are happy to come three miles to see our facility. Being in Las Vegas has benefitted us greatly.”

Kodiak Trucking — 330 jobs, $58.74 average wage, Transportation & Logistics Technologies

Kodiak Trucking is a family owned and operated truck hauling services company that is relocating its headquarters from Bakersfield, California to North Las Vegas. The company’s new Truck Manufacturing, Hauling, and Service Maintenance facility will be located on 8.5 acres at the Miners Mesa Industrial Park in Apex. The company was referred to LVGEA through Tom Akers Enterprises.

“Our vision is to help create better lives for everyone and to provide an energetic, safe, and productive work environment,” said Marco Arambula, Principal of Kodiak Trucking. “Nevada’s business friendly environment, diverse cultures and quality of life are the main reason we are relocating to Las Vegas.  We look forward to growing, creating jobs, and contributing to the community in our new home in Las Vegas.”

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