(Neb)-Bass Pro Shops Giving Outline But Not Details On Future Of Sidney Jobs
SIDNEY, Neb. - Bass Pro Shops has begun giving more information to employees at Cabela's headquarters in Sidney on which operations will remain there now that Bass Pro's corporate offices in Missouri are in charge, but it still isn't saying how many jobs will eliminated and how many people will be out of work.
A company-wide email sent last week had an attached 11-page letter from Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris that outlined future plans for the company, including allocating an additional $10 million to extend benefits and pay for employees who will lose their jobs.
An integration team is continuing to evaluate what jobs will be left in Sidney, which ones will move to Missouri, and which ones need to be eliminated.
Morris says in the letter that Cabela's roughly 125-person information technology division will remain in Sidney along with a "significant" accounting operations, but without identifying operations would be included or how many people the division would employ.
Bass Pro had earlier said Cabela's three retail stores in Nebraska - Sidney, Kearney, and La Vista - will remain open as will its Sidney distribution center and its credit card operation in Lincoln.
Morris promises a severance package for workers, says he's pondering an early retirement package for some, and has hired the outplacement firm CareerArc to help employees who might need to relocate and find new work.
The downsizing in Sidney does have one bright spot for the city: Bass Pro is consolidating the into just one of the office buildings on the Cabela's campus while the vacant buildings will, in the company's words, "effectively be donated" to the city - making them available for leasing for $1 a year by any qualified businesses want to move to Sidney.
Morris writes that "One of our biggest priorities is to be as thoughtful to Cabela's Outfitters and the City of Sidney as we possibly can, and go above and beyond what is required to be very fair and supportive."
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