In his State of the State address on Monday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter praised Doug Sayer, founder and president of Premier Technology, for his "simple but profound commitment" to "buy Idaho products and services."
Formed in 1996 as a food processing company, Premier Technology is now an engineering design and fabrication company based in Blackfoot (with facilities in Pocatello and Twin Falls), employing over 350 people. For the past five or six years, Sayer and his buyers have focused on 'buying in Idaho' and have been successful in finding the goods and services they need such as outside machining and engineering services and forming materials without sacrificing quality or profit. Sayer has proposed that other other businesses make a resolution to do the same in the new year.
Sayer said he was pleased and surprised that he was mentioned in Otter's speech on the first day of the state's 2013 legislative session and he appreciates that the governor sees the value of his proposal.
"It's always a surprise to be mentioned by name in the State of the State speech," he said. "I have talked to the governor about this in the past and he agrees with me. It should be the responsibility of every CEO or business owner in the state, whether it's one of the state's top 10 companies or a small town coffee shop, to look in Idaho first for what they need. If you can't find it in Idaho, then look out of state."
Governor Otter said in his speech that "Sayer's efforts are helping Idaho to get nearer to his 'Project 60' goal for the state which is to reach a gross domestic product of $60 billion, now that statewide economic activity has reached almost $58 billion a year."
"I know everyone is busy, but it doesn't take a lot of effort to look within Idaho," Sayer said. "If every Idaho company did this, jobs would be created and there would be an almost immediate $3 billion impact on the economy. Collectively we can make a difference."
Sayer said he will consult with other manufacturing organizations, such as the Idaho Technology Council, in the state throughout the year to help other employers rise to the challenge of 'buying in Idaho.'