Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista Outdoor”) (NYSE: VSTO), officially opened its new 33,000 square foot corporate headquarters to the public yesterday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by state and local officials, community partners, members of the media, and employees.
“We are proud to call Farmington home,” said Vista Outdoor CEO Mark DeYoung. “We’re committed to being a strong partner for this community, and we value our relationships with the state, county and city leaders who helped make this headquarters a reality. We chose Utah because of its focus on outdoor recreation as an economic driver, the business-friendly environment, a talented workforce and balanced quality of life, as well as amazing geography and the availability of four seasons for outdoor recreation.”
Cutting the ribbon with DeYoung were Senator Orrin Hatch; Val Hale, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED); Jeff Edwards, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah); Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn; Farmington Mayor Jim Talbot; and other community partners.
Designed by the Salt Lake-based Method Studio and constructed by Marsala & Co., the building design pays tribute to Vista Outdoor’s mission of “Bringing the World Outside.”
“As an outdoor recreation company, it was important that we incorporated the outdoors into our building design,” said DeYoung. “We wanted our employees and our guests to see and be inspired by our company’s mission embodied in our headquarters.”
The building uses locally sourced natural materials such as wood and stone in many design elements. The main lobby atrium includes a “living wall” made with live plants and a central staircase with an expansive view of the Wasatch Mountains, bringing the feeling of “outdoors” inside. The back lobby features a fireplace/campsite as a quiet, communal location for employees to gather. Spread throughout the building are seven outdoor-themed “huddle rooms” intended to provide locations for employees to gather and collaborate. The company also installed showers and a secured bike storage area to encourage employees to bike to work.
The building includes sustainable elements such as LED lighting and state-of-the-art VRF heating and cooling system for decreased energy use, as well as high-performance glazing for decreased load on building systems.
Additionally, the building has water refilling stations to encourage employees to use company-issued CamelBak water bottles instead of disposable plastic bottles. Vista Outdoor acquired CamelBak in August 2015 and has adopted the brand’s “ditch disposable” campaign to eliminate waste from plastic water bottles.
“Vista Outdoor and its brands are committed to conservation and environmental stewardship,” said DeYoung. “We believe in the responsible use of natural resources and in conserving the wild places where our employees and our consumers go to pursue their outdoor adventures.”
The headquarters currently houses more than 70 corporate employees.
Please read the full press release at the Vista Outdoor website:
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Farmington, Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.