Vail Resorts to transfer 100 positions from Summit County to Broomfield
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KEYSTONE – Vail Resorts is moving about 100 accounting and purchasing positions from the mountains to the Front Range at the end of the ski season.
The company, which owns Keystone and Breckenridge ski areas, notified the employees on Feb. 16 that their positions will be moved to the corporate headquarters in Broomfield, just outside of Boulder. Employees who agree to the move will begin working at their new location on June 2, at the same rate of pay. Those who decide to stay in Summit County will complete their last day of work on June 1.
Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga said stationing the positions in Broomfield rather than at Keystone, “just made more sense from a business standpoint.”
“After really considering it very carefully, we saw it critical to move those accounting and purchasing functions to be with the rest of accounting down here,” Ladyga said.
The affected employees are mostly entry-level and junior-level accountants and purchasers who serve companywide functions. Most supervisory positions in those departments are already located at the company’s Front Range offices.
According to Ladyga, the move will allow for greater oversight, efficiency and collaboration. She also said the company is more easily able to fill accounting vacancies with qualified candidates in the Front Range than in Summit County.
Many of the affected employees toured the Broomfield offices earlier this week. Vail Resorts will provide a relocation benefit to help with moving expenses.
“It makes me very sad – they’re people who are part of the fabric of our community,” said Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier. “It’s distressing that people have to make a choice like that.”
Vail Resorts moved its headquarters from Avon to the Interlocken office park in Broomfield in 2006, shortly after CEO Rob Katz took the company’s reins.
Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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