Pluralsight breaks ground on new global headquarters in Utah

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Utah tech company Pluralsight broke ground on its new global headquarters in Draper on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Utah technology company Pluralsight broke ground on its new global headquarters in Draper.

It was a groundbreaking that came with all the bells and whistles.

Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard described it best when he said, "This is not your grandmother's groundbreaking."

The event started with members of Pluralsight's Executive Team riding down the hill behind the construction site on ATVs. As soon as the speeches were over, riders from Nitro Circus started doing their high-flying stunts.

The company's new global headquarters is being built off the 146th South exit in Draper, near Corner Canyon. Using huge backhoes, instead of the traditional golden shovels, crews broke ground on the first phase of development.

This first phase includes a 350,000 square foot building that will house 1,800 employees.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Draper Mayor Troy Walker both delivered remarks. During his remarks, Governor Herbert mentioned that Skonnard could've built the company's new global headquarters anywhere.

"He could've taken opportunities in many other places, but he stayed in Utah because of a great place to do business, to expand, increase your profitability, great workforce; we're second to none when it comes to the quality of our workforce," said Governor Herbert.

Skonnard hopes the new campus will be a "beacon on the hill" for other tech companies, offering inspiration and help for those getting started.

"We see such a bigger future and we know that we can work here with the rest of the Silicon Slopes community to create more companies like Pluralsight," said Skonnard.

During Skonnard's speech, he announced the new state-of-the-art global headquarters will be located at 42 Future Way and then ended with a mic drop.

With its new campus, Pluralsight plans to create about 2,400 jobs over the next ten years. Additional buildings will be part of later development phases. While the new campus is being built, employees will continue to be spread out across two locations one in South Jordan and the other in Farmington.

2018 has been a busy year for the enterprise technology learning company. In May, Pluralsight became a publicly traded company. In February, it announced it had chosen the site in Draper to be home to its new global headquarters. In January, Pluralsight opened its Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.