On Friday, May 10, 2013, Petzl broke ground on their new North American sales, marketing, training, and distribution headquarters, located in West Valley City, Utah.

Petzl America President Nazz Kurth speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony in West Valley City, Utah.

In addition to Petzl America staff, the ceremony was attended by West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder and other WVC representatives, project team members from the architecture firm ajc, representatives from the construction firm Sahara Inc., and design partners Hunt Electric, CCI Mechanical, and BHB Structural.

"In recognition and celebration of the Petzl Spirit, we ask that you remove your neckties," said Petzl America Senior Vice President Roody Rasmussen in a toast at the ground-breaking. Attendees then took turns digging into a symbolic pile of earth with golden shovels and Petzl ice axes while wearing Petzl VERTEX helmets.

Just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International airport, Petzl's new building will be LEED-certified Gold or higher, with 24,000 square feet of office space, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse with cutting-edge robotic picking system, and a 16,000-square-foot training area. The state-of-the-art training facility will contain a 60-foot high indoor climbing structure for product testing and training climbers and rope-access professionals. 

Petzl America HQ Rendering
A rendering of Petzl's new North American headquarters.

Work/life-friendly aspects of the new building will include a bicycle storage and maintenance room, employee climbing wall, communal kitchen area, and a workout facility, among other things. 

"Our desire is to build a structure that reflects our brand's values and creates a comfortable and collaborative space where our employees will flourish," said Petzl America President Nazz Kurth at the ground-breaking. 

The new building is a big step forward not only for Petzl America and their customers throughout North America, but also for the Petzl brand as a whole. Paul Petzl's grandfather was born in Austria and immigrated to France in 1902, but he always spoke of continuing on to the USA. "In a way, I see this new building as the culmination of a long family dream to settle in the land of freedom," explained Paul Petzl, President and CEO of Petzl. "I also see the building as another step in our goal to make Petzl the global benchmark for innovative climbing equipment and vertical rope access solutions." 

Petzl America plans to move from its current location in Clearfield, Utah, which it has occupied for more than 15 years, to the new facility in early 2014.


 Flickr slideshow of the ground-breaking ceremony