A Lincoln company is moving to fill the void left by Cabela’s layoffs in Sidney.
Sandhills Publishing announced Monday that it will open an office in the Panhandle city. Sandhills said it is working closely with Cabela’s to offer jobs to people affected by the outdoors retailer’s recent announcement that it will close a call center in Sidney and consolidate jobs at a call center in North Platte.
Sandhills said its new office in Sidney will offer similar positions to the ones being moved. It said it will hire for dozens of openings for customer support specialists, listings specialists, collections specialists, technical data editors and inside sales representatives, as well as interactive designers and software developers.
"Cabela's is a great company with a reputation for its high-caliber employees and the service they provide customers," Sandhills' Chief Operations Officer Shawn Peed said in a news release. "Work ethic, service and community are values that fit in well with our culture at Sandhills, and we are eager to recruit top local talent."
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The announcement of a new office location in Sidney comes as Sandhills continues to grow in Lincoln. The company completed a new IT facility at its Lincoln headquarters at the close of 2015, and it currently is building a 42,000-square-foot building that will house at least 240 employee workstations upon completion this fall.
It also comes as Sidney faces uncertainty over the future of Cabela's. The company agreed last fall to be bought by rival Bass Pro Shops, and though Bass Pro has committed to keeping a significant presence in Sidney, it appears inevitable that there will be layoffs.
Cabela's also has laid off more than 100 people over the past 18 months as it has dealt with falling sales.