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FARMINGTON — With close proximity to public transportation and the airport, as well as being centrally located between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Station Park will be the new home of Vista Outdoor Inc.

The sporting goods company announced on Friday that it plans to break ground on its new corporate headquarters in Farmington this summer.

“We received wonderful support from the state of Utah to bring a world-class sporting goods company,” said Amanda Covington, vice president of communications and government relations.

Vista Outdoor officials began looking for a permanent home along the Wasatch Front last year after spinning out from ATK.

The company makes sporting goods products such as Bushnell, Bolle, Federal Premium and Savage Arms.

The headquarters will be a 35,000-square-foot, built to suit, facility, constructed under a lease agreement by CenterCal Properties LLC, which owns and operates Station Park.

The company expects to inhabit the facility in mid-2016.

Vista Outdoors’ facility is part of a 700,000-square-foot expansion project at Station Park, which will include a University of Utah Medical Center and an office expansion for an existing company.

CenterCal CEO Fred Bruning said the building will be a separate building with its own identity, following a plan set forth by Vista’s designers.

“We see Vista as one of the jewels of a beautiful necklace that is opening next year.”

The company selected the region because the state has positioned itself as a hub for outdoor products. Cities such as Ogden have attracted numerous ski and bicycle companies to the area.

“We’re so thrilled to have them come because it represents some of the great things that represent Utah,” Bruning said, “the great outdoors.”

Company officials also said the region also provides an excellent place to test and demonstrate products.

It also provides a good workforce, and features many consumers of their products, from golf to skiing to hunting.

Until the facility is completed, the company will remain at its temporary corporate headquarters in Clearfield.

Over the next seven years, the corporate headquarters will bring in about 90 employees working in finance, marketing, legal and information technology positions.

At this time Vista Outdoors has no plans to expand its manufacturing in the state.

Other than its manufacturing facilities that are spread across 10 states and around the world, the company has a facility in Orem, which manufactures arrowheads, called Gold Tip.

Vista Outdoors officials said Utah is an epicenter for individual outdoor recreation and an outstanding place to do business and locating its corporate headquarters is a natural fit.

“We just really like the development at Station Park,” Covington said, “and we figured it would be a great place to bring employees, build our company and bring the world outside.”

Contact Jesus Lopez Jr. at 801-625-4239 or jlopez@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @jesuslopezSE and like him on Facebook at facebook.com/JesusLopezSE.

(3) comments

Sabbatical

O....Well spoken, but, but isn't Ogden the outdoor, jock, bicycle town...not anymore!

Sabbatical

Bravo!Mack

anonymous

It is great to see Farmington do so well in commerce. A great deal of it is because of the town's excellent elected leaders and city management who are obviously business friendly as well as being guardians of the historical ambiance of Old Town. My hat is off to Mayor Talbert, City Manager Millhiem, the City Council and all the top notch people who make Farmington the jewel that it is.

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