AGC of Utah Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Newly Remodeled Office and Retirement Open House


St. George, UT– The Associated General Contractors of Utah celebrated their newly remodeled Southern Utah office with a ribbon cutting on March 17th at 11:30 am. The ribbon cutting took place in tandem with a Retirement Open House honoring AGC President and CEO, Rich Thorn, which took place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. ­


City officials, the local business community, and the public attended the ceremony, had lunch, and toured the new space. St. George City Mayor Michelle Randall spoke, along with key personnel from the project team. 


“It has been a dream of mine since joining the AGC team in 2016 to remodel this building for the AGC members”, said District Manager, Kathy Tolleson. “We are so fortunate to give it this needed facelift with added space and amenities for the members to enjoy. This office hosts close to a hundred events and training opportunities a year for the construction industry, and we are thrilled to now accommodate larger groups in our updated space.”


The remodel of the facility was completed by a local construction manager, Watts Construction. It included expanding the training room, adding a kitchen, updating the board room, renovating the bathrooms, and adding new paint and flooring throughout the space.


Watts Construction CFO Annie Howell said, “It was so exciting for us to be able to assist in bringing this space to a higher, more effective use for ourselves and all of our partners here in this southern region. We will definitely be enjoying the fruits of our labor when attending many events here for years to come.”


The celebration of the new office happened alongside a retirement open house for AGC’s President/CEO, Rich Thorn. After his 43-year career with the association, Thorn will be retiring at the end of March. In his time as President/CEO, AGC has built a new headquarters, a campus with a training center, and remodeled the previously mentioned Southern Utah office. 


Incoming President/CEO Joey Gilbert said, “Since joining the association in 1997, I have had the great privilege of working side-by-side with Rich, who is truly one of the best association executives in the state of Utah and throughout the country.”



About Associated General Contractors of Utah

The AGC of Utah is the state’s leading professional association for the commercial construction industry, representing over 630 member firms. AGC of Utah provides benefits and business resources ranging from networking and business development, legislative advocacy and government relations, training and apprenticeship education, and member-only discount programs and savings.


About Watts Construction

Watts Construction is a local commercial general contractor. They were founded in 1968 and have been located in St. George, Utah, since 1984. Watts provides construction management services starting at any point in the development process. They build commercial, hospitality, civic, senior living, and industrial projects. They are a key player in Southern Utah, having built many flagship structures in the community, including the Zion Factory Stores, Washington City Recreation Center, and the new Washington County Administration Building. 


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