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Sep 19, 2011

Eleutian Opens New Doors in Cody

After months of planning and relocating staff, Eleutian Technology Inc. last week opened the doors of its new headquarters to the public.

Forward Cody President/CEO James Klessens, Cody chamber officials and Mayor Nancy Tia Brown were among local officials surrounding Eleutian President/CEO Kent Holiday as he cut the ribbon in front of the new building Sept. 14.

The parking lot full of inquisitive visitors and well-wishers were invited inside for refreshments and a tour of the still-vacant offices and labs.

The overcast sky and chilly temperature didn't dampen Holiday's excitement during the ribbon-cutting.

Built by Groathouse Construction of Cody, Holiday spoke about the building's Western design and its importance to his company.

"This building is going to be the face of Wyoming to people coming from other states and countries," he said. "There will be times when this is all they will see of Wyoming."

Relocating Eleutian from Ten Sleep, the building on 33rd Street will provide the company the opportunity to house all its corporate departments under one roof.

Teaching conversational English to Asian students via teleconferencing, Holiday has grown the company from 50 students in 2006 to hundreds of teachers across the Rockies instructing thousands of students online.

"I know this company will bring good growth for Cody and be a good fit for the community," Brown said. "They came to Cody because of our air service, infrastructure, fiber optics, culture and the people.

"I think they would have the seal of approval from Buffalo Bill himself, and that's important to the people of Cody."

Klessens is credited with coordinating the partnerships that helped Eleutian relocate to Cody.

The Wyoming Business Council contributed $3 million toward the company's relocation and building construction costs, and Cheyenne Capital invested $10 million on the condition that Eleutian stay in Wyoming.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Robert Jensen of Cheyenne Capital and WBC, told the crowd he's overwhelmed by Holiday's success.

"This speaks to how you get things done through partnerships and leadership," Jensen added.

Holiday attributes Eleutian's success to hard work.

"Starting a venture company in Wyoming isn't easy," he said. "But they were able to pull things together and make it work quickly.

"We are excited about starting this new chapter with Eleutian and bringing the world to Cody."

On the same day of the ribbon-cutting in Cody, Eleutian closed its teaching center in Sheridan because most of the company's instructors chose to work from home.

Eleutian currently has other offices in Powell, Lovell, Basin and Provo, Utah. The company also has a regional office in Seoul, South Korea.

Chamber director Scott Balyo is looking forward to Eleutian's participation with other businesses in town.

He said the company is already committed to joining the chamber.

"Having a company this size adds to Cody because their visitors and staff will venture out to do shopping, eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels," Balyo said. "They will be volunteering their time and spending what they make here, so there's a number of benefits.

"It puts a flag up in our town that says, ‘If you can set up in Cody, we can, too,' so we congratulate them for joining us in the community and the chamber."

The Eleutian staff is expected to start working in its new building Oct. 1.


Source: Cody Enterprise