Orgill to expand in Missouri, employ 70
Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Orgill is the world's largest privately-held independently-owned hardware distributor, providing retailers across the U.S. and in more than 60 countries access to more than 75,000 products and industry-leading retail services.
he company built the 795,000 square-foot state-of-the-art "Mid-America Super Center" in Sikeston in 2009 after consolidating two other facilities in Illinois and Tennessee.
Since opening the center, business has increased by more than 45 percent. Orgill's $10.2 million build-out expansion will bring the Sikeston facility to over 1 million square feet, allowing the company to meet growing demands.
"Orgill has enjoyed a successful partnership with the people of Sikeston and its surrounding communities, and we are excited to continue that partnership with the expansion of Orgill's Distribution Center," said Randy Williams, General Manager – Distribution, Orgill.
"This project will bring additional opportunities to the area while creating Orgill's largest Distribution Center. The expansion will enhance our Mid-America operation and our abilities to better service our customers, including our import flow-through center which services Orgill's four other Distribution Centers."
This expansion will boost the Sikeston facility's capacity by 25 percent as well as increase its employment to more than 370, making it the company's second largest location in terms of workforce.
The new positions will primarily include material handlers responsible for receiving product into the inventory, stocking merchandise throughout the facility, product selection to fill customer orders, compiling orders, and loading merchandise orders onto delivery trucks. Orgill also expects to hire additional truck drivers.
With four other domestic distribution centers and one in Ontario, Canada, Orgill employs more than 2,000 workers worldwide. The Sikeston facility is the company's largest distribution center. On a typical day, the center receives 15-20 truckloads of inventory from a variety of manufactures, including many Missouri companies such as Rubbermaid in Jackson and Masterchem in St. Louis.
The Sikeston center then processes orders and distributes 20-25 truckloads of products to hardware stores, home centers, farm and home retailers, and lumberyards throughout mid-America. ■