Spike Train

In honor of the 150th Golden Spike Anniversary, Trinity Metro has named its eighth train set "Spike," announcing it on May 9, 2019. The trains are made right here in Utah, and will go on to be a part of a 27-mile commuter line in Texas. 

TEXRail names new train set for Golden Spike

Trinity Metro, the owner and operator of TEXRail, has named its eighth train set “Spike” in honor of the Spike 150 and the anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.

The new trains are produced in Utah by Stadler, a Switzerland-based rail company that recently opened a manufacturing and assembly facility in the state. TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B in Texas. Both Trinity Metro and Stadler will have an ongoing campaign about the new trains.

Spike 150 is a nonprofit effort organized by Utah to commemorate this year’s 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad, with the ceremonial driving of the last golden spike at Promontory Summit. The Utah State Legislature appropriated $1 million to support this initiative last year. The commission overseeing the commemoration efforts is made up of officials, community leaders and organizers and created a 501(c)(3) called the Golden Spike Foundation.

County Sheriff’s Office purchases new rescue boat

According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, last year the office sent out a request to companies and donors asking for assistance in purchasing a new boat to aid in rough-water rescues and recoveries. doTerra Healing Hands Foundation answered the plea and made a “generous” donation.

The press release states that shortly after the boat purchase, the boat was used to locate a victim in Strawberry Reservoir, “proving its need to Utah County and many agencies throughout the state.”

Jeppson earns ninth customer service award

Provo dentist Joe Jeppson, of Jeppson Dental, and his team have won their ninth Talk Award for customer service.

The Talk Awards identify and honor businesses for providing “outstanding customer experience,” according to a press release. Winners are chosen through independent research and an evaluation system, which identifies businesses with a good customer service track record. The evaluation system combines data collected from nominations, online and other customer reviews, surveys, blogs, social networks, business-rating services and others. Businesses that receive a four-or five-star rating are the only ones that receive the Talk Award.

Jeppson Dental has been in business since 2000, and moved to its current location at 86 N. University Ave. in Provo in 2006. The office provides general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and offers specialized services such as clear aligner orthodontics, one-visit crowns, laser dentistry, implant restorations and TuttleNumbNow anesthesia, which reportedly does not leave patients feeling numb.

Combined with their services, the dental office also works to provide what they describe as “old-fashioned patient service.”

“We focus on every step of the patient experience, from first phone call to the last insurance payment, to make sure we have systems in place to facilitate our patients feeling well cared for and provided with the best treatment available,” Dr. Jeppson said. “Our goal is to focus on providing the best patient experience possible. No high-pressure sales, just conservative treatment with a focus on prevention. We try to give you your best options and then let you choose.”

Learn more by calling (801) 356-7701 or visiting https://www.jeppsondental.com/.

Discover looks to hire more than 160 employees

Discover is looking to hire people for over 160 Discover Student Loans positions in its West Valley location. This particular hiring initiative features seasonal positions and will require working with student loan applications, loan processing and customer service, with the possibility of some positions converting into full-time.

“We are looking for caring candidates that can help families navigate the decisions around paying for college,” Steve Peck, vice president, Discover Utah Customer Care Center, said. “These potential employees must be able to help families do everything from filling out an application to answering questions as they decide if a student loan is right for them.”

The West Valley location has an outdoor walking path, lounge areas, sports facilities and a full service cafeteria, which offers “healthy eating options” and nutrition information alongside food prepared on-site. The company also has an on-site nurse and counselor.

“Discover is a great place to work, both from a campus and culture perspective. We embrace values such as collaboration, inclusion and respect. Our Utah locations have been recognized for being a top place to work for the past five years,” Peck said. “We are looking for candidates who are drawn to this type of atmosphere.”

Learn more and apply by visiting https://jobs.discover.com/.