Salt Lake City and Economic Development Corporation of Utah announced that Big Agnes, an outdoor products company that produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, and tents, is expanding their operation along the Wasatch Front.
The company’s new domestic distribution center will be located at 1810 South 4370 West in Salt Lake City. The 30,000 square foot facility will house approximately 10 employees.
The announcement came after talks between Salt Lake City’s new Department of Economic Development, EDCUtah, and Big Agnes.
The company’s distribution expansion plans are designed to help meet growing demand for products domestically and internationally and to decrease shipping time and increase efficiency. It’s these reasons that Big Agnes executives say Salt Lake City was the clear choice for their growing needs.
“With its central location, Salt Lake City positions us relatively close to any of our US retailers but also not far from the West coast for ocean freight shipments,” says Bill Gamber, co-founder and president. “Given its close proximity to our Colorado headquarters, costs of operation, access to rail, major interstate highways and the airport, Salt Lake City just makes a lot of sense for our business.”
With this move into Salt Lake City, Big Agnes joins other outdoor companies like Doppelmayr USA, DPS Skis, Cotopaxi and many others, making Salt Lake City and Utah one of the most sought-after destinations for outdoor products retailers.
EDCUtah was excited to work with Salt Lake City on the project, and support the company’s decision to choose the City in a number of ways. “After being made aware of the opportunity at last year’s Outdoor Retailer show, we worked with Big Agnes and their real estate team to help make this announcement possible,” said EDCUtah Chief Marketing Officer Mike Flynn.
“When I learned that Big Agnes was interested in Utah, City Council Member Derek Kitchen and I met with their team and explained the countless benefits of expanding in Salt Lake City,” said Lara Fritts, director of the City’s Department of Economic Development. “Economic development is a top priority for both the Mayor and City Council and my team is committed to bringing companies that fit with the goals of Salt Lake City.”
Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development was created earlier this year by Mayor Jackie Biskupski, and has been central in attracting new businesses to the City, including a major investment by UPS near the City’s Northwest Quadrant.