Orgill focuses on expansion at show
Orlando The 2008 Orgill Spring Dealers’ Market, held last week in Orlando, Fla., included news the hardlines distributor was expanding, with a new distribution warehouse opened in Kilgore, Texas, and two more planned for the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, as earlier reported by Home Channel News.
The show also focused on expanding product lines, new dealers, vendor presence — on the show floor and also in the warehouse — and new products.
“We had, I think, 225 new dealer prospects, which is one of the gauges of an event like this for us,” explained Ron Beal, president and CEO of Orgill.
“We’ve got a good representation of dealers from all different parts of the ‘three-legged stool’ there (hardware stores, home centers and pro-dealers),” he added.
Beal said that in light of the tough housing market, he was pleasantly surprised by the show’s turnout.
Orgill also expanded some of its own product lines.
“We’ve redone a lot of our core areas, electrical plumbing, and really have some exciting things going on,” said Beal.
Beal also mentioned a new ‘green’ section that was prominent on the showroom floor. “This is the first time we’ve ever focused on it,” he said. Beal noted that ‘green’ is something Orgill has been hearing its members request more and more, and while the focus on green at the Orlando show wasn’t large, the company plans to expand on it.
“We’re really going to splash green at our Chicago show,” said Beal. “We’re aware of it. It’s real. We’re working on things, and we know it’s an opportunity.”
Orgill plans two new distribution centers
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.
Mohawk to close plants
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.