West Valley City's Spillman Technologies shows rapid growth
West Valley City • Company sells software to manage public-safety agencies.
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West Valley City • Spillman Technologies Inc. wants to be a one-stop technology shop for cops — and for emergency responders of many guises.

The West Valley City company, whose software helps manage public safety agencies, has seen its sales rise steadily through the first part of its three decades of existence, then soar since it moved to West Valley City from Logan six years ago.

The company made the Inc. magazine 5,000 list of fastest-growing U.S. companies six times, No. 3,683 overall and 264th among software companies in 2012. It has had a 40 percent growth rate over the past three years, with revenues rising from $24.9 million in 2008 to $35 million last year, according to Inc.

It has grown from 40 employees four years ago to a workforce of 253 today, most of them at its new building on Lake Park Boulevard.

While other companies produce software for emergency responders, Lance Clark, president and CEO said, "We're one of the few to focus exclusively on public safety."

Spillman Technologies grew out of a senior project Richard Spillman did in the late 1970s at Utah State University in Logan that produced an accounting system for Cache County. The sheriff asked him about creating a program to manage jail records, Clark said.

Spillman created the first commercial product in 1982, and the company started marketing it in Utah and nearby states.

Sales grew to the point the company decided it needed to move to the Salt Lake City area in order to be able to draw from a larger pool of talent.

The company began the move in 2005 and completed it in 2006. Clark, who started at Spillman in sales in 1997, became president in 2006 and then also assumed the CEO post in 2009. Richard Spillman still lives in Logan and remains as chairman.

The company now offers software that manages jail records and 911 call centers, plus the operations of police, sheriff's and fire departments. It offers mobile apps for laptops and tablets.

"So the moment a call comes in through 911 to all the way when someone is booked into jail, and even going to court, our software handles all that workflow process," said Clark.

Marketing Manager Sarah Huizingh said the company now is moving into data analysis and management.

"Another important feature is moving on from just an electronic filing cabinet and into some deep analytics," she said,"so the investigators have the advanced searching and analytic tools … to help make policing decisions."

Spillman Technologies now has customers in 37 states.

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