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LOGAN PANEL OKS FITNESS FIRM’S EXPANSION

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Preliminary plans for a 30-acre expansion by Weslo Inc., one of the nation's leading manufacturers of exercise equipment, have been approved by the Logan Planning Commission.

The plans now go before the Logan River Development Agency, whose members also constitute the Municipal Council, for further discussion and possible approval on June 15.Weslo, which employs nearly 1,000 people and had sales totaling nearly $100 million last year, will be constructing two buildings within the city's new 100-acre Logan River Business Park.

Wallace Smith, operations manager for the company, said Weslo will construct a research, development and plastics building along with a manufacturing building.

Weslo is now a subsidiary of Weider Health and Fitness Corp., of Woodland Hills, Calif.

The company bought Weslo last year from Logan natives Scott Watterson, Blaine Hancey and Gary Stephenson, who still manage the local operation.

Smith said Weslo has doubled its sales of treadmills and other equipment every year for the past three years.

Logan City Planner Mark Benchley said none of the land on which the Weslo buildings will be located is part of the city's condemnation action against private landowners who have property in the area.