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Menards plans further central Ohio locations

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Eau Claire, Wis.-based big-box retailer Menards plans a second location in central Ohio, further building its presence there, according to The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.

The retailer has planned a new location in Lancaster, Ohio, to be opened in April, following a new store opening in Marion, Ohio, last year.

Further locations are planned in the northern Columbus neighborhood of Northland, where the company plans a 180,000-square-foot store on a former Sears site, and the far-north Columbus suburb of Orange Township, although the latter location has run into some zoning snags.

Tom O’Neil, a Menards real estate representative for the state of Ohio, told the newspaper, “We feel we’re going to be pretty active.”

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Orgill plans two new distribution centers

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Orgill, the Memphis, Tenn.-based independent distributor of home improvement products, will build two new distribution centers to serve the Midwest and Pacific Northwestern United States.

The company did not specify in which locations the new distribution centers will be, but said “Orgill is in the process of selecting precise locations for the two facilities.”

The Midwestern facility, dubbed the “Mid-America Supercenter,” will be 1 million square feet and is meant to serve Orgill customers throughout the Midwest. It also will act as the company’s system-wide import flow-through center. The new facility will replace the company’s Vandalia, Ill., distribution center.

Byrne Whitehead, executive vp-operations for Orgill, said the Midwestern facility would help “provide us with a consolidated location to process our growing import business” as well as “give us the capacity to accommodate our growth with customers throughout the Midwestern United States.”

The Pacific Northwest facility will help support Orgill’s growing network of retailers in that region, as well as in Alaska and Asia, the company said.

Whitehead said he expects the locations for the DCs will be finalized by the fall and that construction will begin shortly thereafter.

Orgill’s current distribution network includes locations in Memphis; Inwood, W.Va.; Tifton, Ga.; Hurricane, Utah; and Kilgore, Texas.

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Mohawk to close plants

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Mohawk Industries, the Calhoun, Ga. floor covering manufacturer, closed its tufting facility in Armuchee, Ga. on Feb. 19, according to the Rome News-Tribune. Approximately 158 workers will be offered positions at other Mohawk sites, a company spokesperson said.

The newspaper also reported that Mohawk plans to shutter a plant in Dalton, Ga., that will put 68 employees out of work.

Mohawk closed three other facilities in Georgia last year, according to the report.

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