CODY (WNE) – Cody is a finalist for a leading outdoor product manufacturer to move operations and 150 jobs to the area, Forward Cody CEO James Klessens said Tuesday at a city council meeting at City Hall.

The announcement comes during what has been a busy year for the organization, Klessens said, as business owners have been looking to move to areas such as Cody.

He said if it works out with the outdoor company, the jobs would be high quality, include a variety of positions and help to replace those lost when Cody Labs and then CertainTeed closed down.

He said the company would be moving 25 of its current employees and then up to 125 openings would be available for those in the local area.

Klessens, who wouldn’t give the name of the company but said it’s been a leader in the industry throughout its 50-year existence, said Cody was one of two cities – along with another one in Wyoming – chosen by the company as a finalist for its move.

Klessens said the visit by the company’s leaders was one of at least half a dozen visits this year by companies looking to relocate.

“It’s been full on since March 16,” he said. “This is a real eye-opener to take a look at what we have here. We undervalue it because we live here.”

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