Four Foods makes top list, Ribbon cutting for Blitz Build homes, Utah selected for manufacturing academy

August 22, 2018
Andrew Smith, CEO of Four Foods Group.

Four Foods Group lands on top industry list

Four Foods Group, a restaurant investment, development, operations and management company founded and based in American Fork, landed at No. 85 on Franchise Times’ Restaurant 200 list, making this the third year in a row that the company has been recognized by this food industry publication. The list features the 200 best restaurant franchises around the country.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized among so many amazing, innovative companies,” said Andrew K. Smith, co-founder and CEO. “As we look towards the future we are excited to add even more locations to our portfolio and continue growing our brands throughout the country.”

Founded by husband and wife Andrew and Shauna Smith, Four Foods Group oversees 151 restaurants, including Little Caesars Pizza, Kneaders Bakery & Café, Swig, R&R BBQ, and Mo’Bettahs. The company nets more than $190 million annually.

Andrew Smith was the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year Utah Region award winner and Shauna Smith, co-founder and chief merchandising officer, was recently named as one of Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch 2018.

Habitat for Humanity cuts ribbon on blitz build homes

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and Edge Homes will cut the ribbon on the Guerra and Castaneda family Habitat homes, which were built in six days as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2018.

The ribbon cutting celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at 200 S. 400 West in Springville. All interested community members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Utah selected for national Policy Academy training

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development will participate in a Policy Academy to help grow and strengthen manufacturing in the state.

The three states selected to participate in the Policy Academy include Utah, Kentucky and New Jersey, along with United States territory, Puerto Rico. Each team consists of representatives from the governor’s office, state economic development department, manufacturing extension partnership center, manufacturing trade association and other manufacturing centers. The state teams met Tuesday in Washington D.C. with policy experts to develop and further refine strategies to bolster manufacturing.

The year-long Policy Academy will guide the states through a planning and implementation process to identify important manufacturing-related partnerships and policies to move their economic development strategies forward. Each participant will receive customized assistance through access to national experts and collaboration with colleagues in other states. They may choose to focus on addressing skill gaps, accelerating start-up growth, expanding their market, improving their supply chain or other priorities the state teams identify.

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