ROME — Collierville, Tennessee–based Orgill Inc. has distribution centers in places like Inwood, West Virginia and London, Ontario, and it will soon add a Central New York location to that list.
Orgill — which says it’s the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor — plans to build a 780,000-square-foot distribution center in Rome, its first such facility in the northeastern U.S.
With it, the firm will create 225 new jobs, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on June 21.
Orgill will build the distribution center, the company’s first in New York state, in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The company plans to spend
$68 million to construct and equip the facility, which will serve Orgill’s customers throughout the Northeast.
“Over the past few years we at EDGE have adapted our business-development strategy to target site selectors. It is from that strategic relationship that this project was identified,” Steven DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE, said in a news release issued by the governor’s office. “Our team was then able to work with [Memphis, Tennessee–based] J.M. Mullis, Inc. who represented Orgill on this competitive site search, Empire State Development, and Orgill to find a location and workforce that met their needs. We are excited that Rome and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park is that location.”
To encourage Orgill’s investment in the Mohawk Valley, Empire State Development has offered up to $3.5 million in performance-based Excelsior jobs program tax credits, which are tied directly to the creation of 225 jobs as well as the purchase of equipment and machinery, the state says.
The $68 million, 780,000-square-foot distribution center will have the potential to expand to 1 million square feet.
The new facility will be Orgill’s eighth distribution center. Besides the existing facilities in West Virginia and Ontario, Orgill has sites operating in Tifton, Georgia; Sikeston, Missouri; Hurricane, Utah; Kilgore, Texas; and Post Falls, Idaho.
Orgill serves more than 6,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, professional lumber dealers, and farm stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, and more than 50 countries around the world. Orgill will begin hiring key personnel in early 2020 “and will continue staffing of the facility closer to opening,” per the release.
The primary reason for the addition of the new Rome facility is to provide “faster and more efficient service” to Orgill’s growing customer base in the Northeast, the firm said.
The new facility will service customers in seven states throughout the Northeast, including New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Orgill currently serves the customers from its distribution center in West Virginia, but the addition of the new facility will streamline the delivery process, the company said.
Those interested in job opportunities should visit www.orgill.com/careers for more information as it becomes available.
“There were many positive things that led us to select Rome as the home for our newest distribution center, including the excellent workforce in the area and the assistance and cooperation of local officials,” Ron Beal, Orgill’s chairman and CEO, said in Cuomo’s release.