STEP Grant Funding leads to International Success for Kaddas

On September 25, 2019, Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) David Glaccum visited Salt Lake City-based thermoformed plastic manufacturer Kaddas Enterprises, Inc. at their facility. The trip came about due to the fact that Kaddas has been a recipient of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant administered by World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah). STEP is funded in part through a grant with the SBA. Glaccum and representatives from both the SBA and WTC Utah were shown how Kaddas has utilized grant resources to complement and enhance their business strategy to expand domestically and internationally.

Founded in 1966, Kaddas Enterprises is a second generation woman-owned family business focused on manufacturing plastic thermoform products and cutting-edge, custom solutions for the energy, transportation and aerospace industries through Design Consultation, 3D CAD Drawings, Prototype Modeling and Parts Manufacturing.

Kaddas Enterprises employs 5-Axis CNC Router, 3-Axis CNC Router, Master CAM, Solid Works Modeling, 3D Scanning, Thermoforming and Pressure Forming machine technology. Thermoformed plastics are ideally suited for Transportation, Medical, High Tech and Industrial applications. Thermoforming provides low tooling and engineering costs, along with fast turnaround time. This makes Kaddas ideal for prototype development and low-volume production.

Natalie Kaddas is the Chief Executive Officer of Kaddas. Under Ms. Kaddas’s leadership, the company has pursued a global market strategy that has led to an international revenue growth of 750% over the last 6 years. With the aid of the STEP program, the company has been able to participate in international trade missions to Mexico, Germany and most recently at the Paris Air Show in June 2019. At the 2016 trip to Hannover Germany, Ms. Kaddas represented small businesses at a global industry event and was recognized by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel for their international success. In 2017, Kaddas Enterprises was awarded Small Business of the Year by the Salt Lake Chamber.

Customers of Kaddas Enterprises include:
Idaho Power, Utah Transit Authority, Moon Lake Electric, Powder River Energy, Weir Specialty Pumps, Siemens, Southern California Edison, PG&E and Stadler Rail,

Kaddas Enterprises is located at 255 North Apollo Road in Salt Lake City at its 90,000 square-foot International Center which opened in 2018. To learn more about how Kaddas can form an innovative solution for you visit or call (801) 972-5400.