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Celebrating Over 500 Employees: A Milestone of Growth and Prosperity at Sunrise Engineering and Utah Testing

We are thrilled to announce that Sunrise Engineering and Utah Testing have reached a significant milestone—our team now boasts over 500 dedicated professionals. This achievement is not merely a numerical triumph but a testament to our unwavering commitment to growth, excellence, and the incredible individuals who make up our workforce.

Our Journey: From Humble Beginnings to Regional Leadership

Sunrise Engineering started its journey in 1978 as a modest land-surveying company in Fillmore, Utah. Founder James A. Cox, along with Alden Robinson, set the foundation for what would become a pioneering force in the engineering and consulting sector. From these humble beginnings, the company has grown under the visionary leadership of former CEO Evan Simpson and current CEO Mark Huntsman. Today, we stand proud with over 500 employees spread across 26 offices in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.

The Heart of Our Success: Our People

At the core of Sunrise Engineering’s success is our incredible team of engineers, surveyors, technicians, trainers, inspectors, administrators, and support personnel. These professionals bring their expertise, passion, and dedication to every project, ensuring that we deliver top-quality services to our clients and communities. Our growth is a reflection of their hard work and the collective entrepreneurial spirit that has been a hallmark of our company since its inception.

A Diverse Range of Services

Starting as a land-surveying firm, we have continually expanded our services to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Today, Sunrise Engineering offers a comprehensive suite of services including engineering, natural gas, GIS, building code services, community development, and training services. Our ability to adapt and reinvent ourselves has been crucial to our sustained success and the long-term relationships we have built with our clients.

Investing in Our Team

We believe that our greatest asset is our people. At Sunrise Engineering, we constantly invest in our staff, providing them with the tools and resources necessary for both personal and professional success. This commitment is evident in the trust and confidence our clients place in our skilled workforce, leading to years of successful projects and enduring partnerships.

Recognizing Utah Testing

We also want to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our Utah Testing employees. Their expertise and dedication are integral to our success, and they play a crucial role in our collective achievements.

Milestones in Our History

  • 1978: Founded as a land-surveying company in Fillmore, Utah, with one employee.
  • 1983: Incorporated as Sunrise Engineering with Alden Robinson joining as a general partner, expanding to two employees.
  • 1984: With the addition of Val Kofoed and Evan Simpson as principal partners, the company expanded to four employees and opened a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 1986: Alden Robinson becomes President/CEO, initiating substantial growth in the engineering department.
  • 1990: Opened new offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Star Valley, Wyoming.
  • 1991: Entered the natural gas sector, growing to 14 employees.
  • 1994: Introduced GIS and mapping services, increasing the staff to 46 employees.
  • 1996: Added training services and opened a new office in St. George, Utah, reaching 82 employees.
  • 1999: Expanded into building code services with 124 employees.
  • 2007: Opened offices in Logan and Cedar City, Utah.
  • 2010: Opened the Richfield (North), Utah office.
  • 2011: Created Utah Testing and Engineering and opened an office in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • 2012: Evan Simpson was appointed President/CEO, with the team growing to 161 employees.
  • 2013: Opened a new office in Vernal, Utah.
  • 2017: Mark Huntsman was named CEO, expanding into new markets and services, including opening offices in Prescott, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, reaching 230 employees.
  • 2018: Opened an office in Utah County, Utah.
  • 2019: Formed the Community Development team, opened offices in South Ogden, Utah, and Fort Collins, Colorado, and expanded to 320 employees.
  • 2020: Opened new offices in Ogden, Utah (UTE), and Kingman, Arizona.
  • 2021: Opened an office in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 2022: Expanded further with offices in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Roosevelt, Utah; and Richfield (South), Utah.
  • 2023: Opened new offices in Pocatello, Idaho; Logan, Utah (UTE); and Nephi, Utah.
  • 2024: Reached over 500 employees and opened a new office in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Looking Ahead: Continuing the Legacy

As we celebrate this milestone, we remain committed to the values that have guided us for over four decades—integrity, teamwork, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. We are excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead. With our talented team, we are confident that we will continue to deliver innovative solutions and exceptional service to our clients and communities.

In It for the People

At Sunrise Engineering, we have always been about people. From our founders’ visionary leaps of faith to our current team’s daily dedication, our story is one of individuals coming together to achieve remarkable feats. As we look to the future, we will continue to evolve, adapt, and grow, always with our people at the heart of everything we do.


Thank you to every member of the Sunrise Engineering and Utah Testing team. This milestone is a celebration of your hard work, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Here’s to many more years of success and growth together!