Quad/Graphics is closing its 72-person office in Sidney, Nebraska, because Bass Pro Shops is moving its catalog and other creative work to its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, according to a letter sent to some Quad/Graphics employees Wednesday.
The letter, obtained by The World-Herald, said some employees would lose their jobs in mid-November. A source knowledgeable about the situation said the remaining jobs would end in the first and second quarters of 2019 as those employees complete their current projects.
“Bass Pro has elected to move the Creative work that is performed by Quad internally to their in-house network,” the letter said. “Effective today, the business will begin a transition to Bass Pro, which includes the work currently being performed in the Sidney, NE location. The work relocation to Bass Pro is expected to be permanent.”
“All photo, video, design and creative production work related to retail, catalog and collateral projects will immediately begin transferring to Bass Pro’s headquarters,” said Claire Ho, a Quad spokeswoman, in a statement to The World-Herald. The company will assist employees with applying to jobs at other company locations, and if that can’t be arranged, it will offer a “separation package” with extended pay and health care benefits, she said.
Quad/Graphics, based in Sussex, Wisconsin, opened its Sidney operation in August 2016 during the time an investor group began pressuring the owners of Cabela’s to outsource its division that produced catalogs and other advertising.
Bass Pro Shops acquired Sidney-based Cabela’s retail chain in September 2017.
At the time, Cabela’s said it would contract out the work to Quad/Graphics and that many Cabela’s employees with the relevant skills would be hired by Quad/Graphics.
The office handled catalog and advertising design, concepts, layouts, page production, photography and videography for Cabela’s, among other things.