Specialty Retailer Elevates Outdoor Products in Utah

Pete CodellaNews

Cabela’s, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced today plans to operate a highly sophisticated distribution center in Tooele County to process freight and deliver products to consumers.

“We are happy to see such a major player in the outdoor industry continue to grow its presence in Utah,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “The creation of Cabela’s Utah distribution center will strengthen our valued outdoor industry and create family sustaining jobs in rural areas.”

Cabela’s is a leading specialty retailer and the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since its founding in 1961, Cabela’s has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world.

The company offers a wide selection of high-quality, competitively priced outdoor products through its established direct business and growing number of destination retail stores. Currently, Cabela’s operates 50 stores across North America, including a 150,000-foot-store in Lehi.

Cabela’s is entering into an agreement with the state to create approximately 250 jobs, 85 of which will be contracted with the state to pay at least 100 percent of Tooele County’s average annual wage including benefits.  The company expects the jobs to create more than $30 million in new state wages over the life of the agreement.  GOED estimates that the company will also pay approximately $3.4 million in new state taxes over the 10-year period.

“As Cabela’s continues to grow, so, too, does the need to expand the footprint of our distribution centers,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s exciting to accomplish that while also bringing new jobs to Utah, where we have thousands of loyal customers and people live the Cabela’s lifestyle.”

“Cabela’s decision to locate its state-of-the-art distribution facility in Tooele shows the hard work of our economic development partners in Tooele County,” said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah). “Cabela’s presence in Tooele County will serve as a catalyst for quality job growth and increased capital investment in Utah.”

As part of a contract with Cabela’s, the GOED Board of Directors has approved a maximum cap tax credit of $693,198 in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) incentive, which is 20 percent of the net taxes Cabela’s will pay over the 10-year life of the agreement. Each year as Cabela’s meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the tax credit incentive.

To find out about job opportunities with the company, visit http://www.cabelas.jobs/.