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“Respectfully and with Great Optimism!” - Johnny Morris; Bass Pro starts to outline which Cabela’s positions will remain

SIDNEY, Neb. - Bass Pro Shops has begun detailing to Cabela’s employees which operations will remain in Sidney, according to an article from the Omaha World-Herald.

Employees at the Cabela’s headquarters in Sidney received a company-wide email on Thursday which included an attached 11-page letter from Bass Pro Chief Executive, Johnny Morris, outlining future plans for the company. The document says the Cabela’s information technology division — which employs 125 people — will remain in the town.

The document also states “significant” accounting operations will remain in Sidney, although it did not say what operations or how many people the division would employ.

The distribution center and the retail store in Sidney also will remain, according to the document.

All of Cabela’s retail stores in Nebraska — in Sidney, Kearney and La Vista — will remain open, as will its credit card operation in Lincoln.

The letter sent to employees does not say what jobs will be cut from the Sidney office, or how many people might lose their jobs. But Bass Pro said in the document employees terminated will receive severance, and that it has allocated an additional $10 million to extend benefits and pay for employees who will lose their jobs.

The company also has hired CareerArc, an outplacement firm, to help employees who might need to relocate and find new work. The company said it’s also pondering establishing an early retirement package.

The document said the integration team is continuing to work on evaluating what opportunities will be available in Sidney, which ones will be available in Springfield, Missouri — where Bass is headquartered — and what positions need to be eliminated.

“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,” the document said.

Employees in Sidney will be consolidated into one of the Cabela’s office buildings.

The document said empty buildings on the Cabela’s campus will “effectively be donated” by Bass Pro Shops to the City of Sidney. Bass Pro will lease them for $1 per year to any qualified businesses that may want to open an operation in Sidney, the document said.

Bass Pro completed its $5 billion acquisition of Cabela’s in September.



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