Friday, September 26, 2014

Scott Sports has left the building

National headquarters transitioned to Salt Lake City in 2013

Express Staff Writer

The Scott USA building at 110 Lindsay Circle in Ketchum is on the market for just under $10 million. Photo by Roland Lane

     Despite Scott Sports’ legacy in the Wood River Valley, the company is ending its local operations.

     Scott moved its national headquarters to Salt Lake City about a year ago, but left some operations at its Ketchum offices. The international headquarters is in Fribourg, Switzerland.

     The credit department remains stationed at the Scott USA building at 110 Lindsay Circle in Ketchum, but is in the process of transitioning to Ogden, Utah, a representative said.

     Ed Scott of Sun Valley created the first tapered aluminum ski pole in 1958 and launched ski and lifestyle brand Scott the same year. Scott eventually branched into the motocross, bicycle, shoe and outerwear markets and expanded into Europe. The company built a new headquarters in Ketchum in 2008, the Scott USA building.

     Marketing Director Nic Sims said the building has been for sale for more than a year. Most remaining operations were relocated to Ogden and Salt Lake City in May.

     “Most of what was the old office is down here in Salt Lake,” Sims said.

     Scott announced the relocation of sales division management and the company showroom to Salt Lake City at the end of 2012. However, at that time, a representative said Scott was “absolutely committed to keeping the core operation of the company in Sun Valley.”

     The ground floor, some 28,000 square feet of office, showroom and research/development space, is listed for just under $10 million by Paul Kenny and Matt Bogue Real Estate.  A few dozen residential units on the upper floors of the Scott USA building are managed separately from the commercial space. Kenny said they would not be affected by a sale of the commercial space.

     Scott has two major Utah locations. Accounting and manufacturing are in Ogden. Sims said staff at the Salt Lake and Ogden facilities total about 100 full-time employees, with more part-time laborers hired at peak seasons.

     Sims said having Scott’s headquarters in such a remote place as Ketchum was inefficient. He said Utah’s mountains and recreational opportunities are comparable to those in the Wood River Valley, and the direct flights into Salt Lake City connecting Scott with its Swiss sister office are important to business operations. Commuting to the Sun Valley area was difficult, Sims said, particularly during the winter. 

     “As much as we liked [Ketchum], we started to outgrow it,” he said.

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