Cabela’s, the world’s largest direct marketer of outdoor merchandise, is setting up camp in Tooele County.
Cabela’s has signed a one-year lease for 100,000-square-feet of the former Reckitt Benckiser building at Miller Business Park. The building is on Sheep Lane directly east of Miller Motorsports Park.
“This a project that Randy Sant has been working on since last fall,” said Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne.
Sant, Tooele City’s economic development consultant, has been helping Tooele County follow up on economic development leads since the county eliminated its economic development department in the first round of budget cuts last fall, said Milne.
The Cabela’s distribution center was a lead provided by the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, according to Milne.
Cabela’s will be hiring 40 to 50 temporary employees for the distribution center, according to Sant.
“This is a year lease,” he said. “Cabela’s is still looking at other options including if another warehouse is needed.”
Cabela’s was founded in 1961 when Dick Cabela began selling fishing flies through a newspaper ad in Casper, Wyo.
Today the company’s global headquarters is located in Sidney, Del. Cabela’s ships merchandise to all 50 states and 125 countries.
In 2012 Cabela’s announced in its annual report a total of $3.1 billion in revenue, up 11.2 percent from 2011.
The company employed 15,200 in 2012 of which 6,900 were full-time employees.
Large seasonal sales, especially in the fourth quarter, drives up the use of seasonal and part-time employees, according to the annual report.
At the end of 2012, Cabela’s had 40 retail stores, 37 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada with another 15 stores planned to open in 2013 and 2014.
Reckitt Benckiser, a British conglomerate that distributes household products like Lysol and French’s Mustard, opened its distribution center in the Miller Business Park in 2009 and initially hired 60 employees to run the $32 million, 600,000 square-foot facility. Earlier this year Reckitt Benckiser moved its distribution operation to Salt Lake Valley.