The already record-low unemployment rate of 2.5% in Utah may be in for another shock as three companies announce the addition of 1335 jobs to the state.
The announcements came yesterday at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show. Utah already has about 36,000 people employed in the outdoors industry, contributing a direct annual impact on the state of $4.5 billion, according to trade show president, Frank Huegelmeyer. “The best incentives are free in the state of Utah.” he said. “If you want to own the mountain, you have to be on the mountain.”
Backcountry.com, which already employs 430 workers in the state, and sells more than 250 brands of outdoor gear, will spend $4.8 million expanding its Park City and West Valley City operations, adding 1250 jobs. The company says 274 of the jobs will be high-paying jobs well above northern Utah’s average wage level.
Smith Optics makes and distributes ski goggles and helmets and will be opening a 120,000 square-foot operation in Clearfield that will employ 60 people.
Peregrine Outfitters is a distributor of over 6000 outdoor accessories and will be opening a distribution center in Ogden on March first with 25 employees.
Additionally, Amer Sports recently announced that it is making Ogden, Utah the headquarters of its North American winter sports division. The company owns the brands Suunto, Salomon, and Atomic among others.