Orgill to break ground on Midwest distribution center in August

Orgill, the Memphis-based hardware and home improvement distributor, will break ground next month on a 795,000-square-foot distribution center in Sikeston, Mo. The facility, which can be expanded to one million square feet, will be built on a 70-acre site.

Called the “Mid-America SuperCenter,” the warehouse will replace two older Orgill facilities in Memphis and Vandalia, Ill. “The plan all along has been to consolidate those two facilities into one,” explained Byrne Whitehead, Orgill’s executive vp-operations and chief operating officer.

Located halfway between St. Louis and Memphis, the Sikeston DC will be able to serve Orgill customers throughout the Midwest and mid-South regions. Orgill has also designated this facility as a flow through center for its import containers coming through the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

Orgill evaluated two sites in Illinois and four in Missouri before choosing Sikeston, according to Whitehead. The company is also scouting out locations for a new distribution center in the Pacific Northwest and hopes to begin construction on a new facility by May 2009.

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