Subscribe for 17¢ / day

CASPER, Wyo. — OfficeMax has sold its former call center that closed in July.

Natrona County property records show the buyer is Platte River Crossing LLC, one of the companies of local developer Mick McMurry.

The building is available for lease, said Kimberly Rightmer, the regional manager for the Wyoming Business Council.

Richard Bratton is marketing the building for McMurry.

Neither McMurry nor Bratton could be reached for comment.

The closure of the 65,000-square-foot building at 441 Landmark Drive put as many as 250 people out of work and marked the largest single layoff in Casper since Amoco shut down its refinery in late 1991.

It also ended the 11-year tenure of one of the most successful recruiting efforts of local economic development organizations, especially the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, which oversees the administration of the joint powers board's funds.

After the announcement of the closure in early May, CAEDA President Robert Barnes said he would contact businesses that had asked whether Casper had a large, well-wired building like the one owned by OfficeMax.

CAEDA and employment agencies worked with OfficeMax to help its employees find work.

Tuesday, Barnes said he would ask those agencies how well the laid-off workers have fared.

Subscribe to Breaking News

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

In the late 1990s, CAEDA, Casper, Natrona County and Wyoming scored a major economic development coup during the slow local economy when it brought the Boise Cascade Office Products call center to town with a $3.2 million incentive package of loans.

In 2003, Boise Cascade Corp. acquired the OfficeMax brand. OfficeMax oversaw the company's retail sales.

All the loans have been repaid, and OfficeMax has no outstanding obligations to CAEDA or the state and local governments, Barnes said.

Contact Tom Morton at tom.morton@trib.com or 307-266-0592.

Subscribe to Breaking News

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.
0
0
0
0
0