Orem’s growth continues with Wayfair ribbon cutting and promise of 500 jobs

Orem Mayor Richard Brunst, Wayfair Co-founder Steve Conine, (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Members of Orem city and and Wayfair prepare to cut the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

With 85 current employees and a goal to expand to 500 employees over the next three years, Wayfair opened it’s business in Orem Tuesday afternoon.

Wayfair, an online home furnishings and decor store, has eight global locations, but chose to open a second location in Utah — the first is in Ogden — after looking at the demographics of the area. There are over 60,000 students between Orem and Provo who feed into their employee pool for the new customer service center.

“It’s similar to Boston. We benefit from that a lot too where you get this high energy group that’s excited coming out and wants to get going on things,” said Steve Conine, co-founder of Wayfair.

“The talent that we have working in our facilities tends to be people who are excited, they have interest in life, they have drive, they care about who they’re around, they think about that stuff and value that. … And this area seemed to have a very good demographic for that.”

Wayfair began constructing the 45,000 square feet office in the Canyon Park Technology Center in June 2014. The facility has three main working areas, since nobody has a private office. The company’s conference rooms have a taste of Utah, even though the company originated in Boston, by being named after various Utah locations such as Lake Powell and Moab.

Orem Mayor Richard Brunst participated in the the ribbon cutting and joked about his wife being the most excited for Wayfair to come to Orem before talking about Wayfair’s contributions to the community.

“We want to continue our economic development. As mayor, economic development is one of my highest priorities,” Brunst said. “… I see (Wayfair) contributing the ability for 500 people to get jobs and bring that money into the community. And it’s in a great place in the resource park. It will help fill up some of the buildings, so it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Wayfair hires 18-35 employees at a time. If you are interested in applying to work for Wayfair, apply online at wayfair.com.

“Right now this is our main facility we are hiring into sales and service, so as our U.S. business grows, this is where it is going to absorb it,” Conine said.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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