The Utah Private Activity Bond Board has approved the use of tax-exempt bonds by nine companies this year for construction or expansion of manufacturing facilities. The bonds are issued by a city or county on behalf of a company to aid economic development in that community. Provo is considering whether it will back an application for $9 million in tax-exempt bonds for Action Target.

• Young Electric Sign Co., St. George, $6 million

• Casper's Ice Cream, Lewiston, Cache County, $7 million

• Holbrook Printing, West Valley City, $2.5 million

• Litho Flexo Grafics, Salt Lake City, $3.2 million

• Mountain States Steel, Lindon, $1.4 million

• Binggeli Rock, Heber City, $2.6 million

• Conestoga Wood Specialties, Tooele, $10 million

• East Carbonics (CO2 processing), Price, $7 million

• U.S. Holdings (metal fabrication), Ogden, $5 million

Source: Utah Private Activity Board Web site