Governor Pete Ricketts is encouraging Bass Pro to continue to keep their acquired operations in Sidney after the announcement this morning that the Springfield, Missouri based firm and Cabela’s will combine in a $5.5 billion deal.
Ricketts says the announcement “brings significant disruption and uncertainty for the citizens of Cheyenne County and the surrounding communities.” But the Governor says his office, the Department of Economic Development, and the Department of Labor stand ready to assist area residents. Ricketts said he is pleased Capitol One agreed to keep the credit card operations in Lincoln, which employ approximately 500 people.
Sidney Vice Mayor Wendell Gaston says the situation is still uncertain, noting stockholders still have to approve the deal. But he says “at least there is stuff on the table that you know about.”
Cabela’s employs about 2,000 people in Sidney, which has about 7,000 residents.
Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris says he hopes to continue growing the Cabela’s brand alongside his own Springfield, Missouri, based chain.