The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) are pleased to announce that Home Reserve will open an office in Utah, creating up to 15 new manufacturing jobs in the next year. The company is leasing property in Ogden and projects $2.5 million in capital expenditures associated with the project.
“With the public’s focus on home improvement, the ready-to-assemble furniture market is booming, and Home Reserve is one of the market leaders,” said Val Hale, GOED’s executive director. “Locating in Ogden will help Home Reserve to support and expand its western U.S. customer base.”
Founded in 2000, Home Reserve is based in Fort Wayne, IN. The company manufactures ready-to-assemble furniture and operates an e-commerce site in which sales are made direct to its customer base. Its sales are highest in California, New York, and Florida.
“With the help of UPS, with which we have a long-standing relationship, we evaluated a number of western U.S. states for this expansion. We did a lot of mapping in terms of efficient logistics, and then we looked at cost of living and lifestyle. Utah rose to the top of the list,” said Blair Wieland, president.
“We are thrilled to welcome Home Reserve to Ogden,” said Mayor Mike Caldwell. “Home Reserve’s commitment to quality products, their employee-first focus and desire to work with our education partners and community non-profits will make a positive impact in Ogden.”
Home Reserve is looking for machine operators and skilled sewers for its Ogden operations. “These are good second-earner, supplementary income jobs paying $15 per hour with flexible hours and two weeks of personal time off,” Scott Anspach, director of operations, said.
“Ogden has been a logistical and manufacturing hub since the days of the Golden Spike,” said Chris Roybal, president of the Northern Utah Economic Alliance (NUEA). “Every job counts, and both NUEA and EDCUtah look forward to Home Reserve’s growth in line with the global explosion of the online sales.”
Stephanie Pack, business development manager, led this project for EDCUtah.