Orgill welcomed hundreds of customers, vendors and local dignitaries to Rome, New York, this week to celebrate, tour and take part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of its newest distribution center.
“We enjoyed the opportunity to have so many of our customers and vendor partners on hand so they could get a first-hand look at the Rome DC, see the investments we are making in our distribution network and have the opportunity to meet our team,” says Boyden Moore, Orgill president and CEO. “This milestone in our growth is only possible because of our customers’ continued growth and our vendor partners’ continued support.”
During the two-day event, Orgill offered guests tours of the new 780,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, hosted a vendor meeting and invited guests to a reception and dinner to thank them for their support. “We thought it would be nice to combine the grand opening with a bit of a celebration. It’s been such a long time since we’ve had so many of our customers and vendors together in one place,” says Greg Stine, Orgill’s executive vice president of marketing and communications. “It was a lot of fun for all of us to host this event.”
“I think we also need to recognize our team who made this opening happen. They did a fantastic job. We broke ground here in April right when the pandemic started and there was also incredibly high demand for home improvement products that was really stressing the entire distribution network. So we challenged everyone working on this project and asked if there was any way we could get it done faster than our original schedule, and everyone answered the call,” adds Moore.
In fact, Orgill’s Rome DC was completed faster than any other facility in the company’s modern history. And while those present for the grand opening might not have gotten to witness how the distribution center came together, they were clearly impressed with the end results.
“It was very impressive,” says Jacob Buckingham of Bucks & Bolts Hardware in Blossvale, New York, after getting a sneak peek at the new location. “You could see a lot of the thought that was put into everything and the way it was designed and put together to create efficiencies. Just looking at features like the way they used the narrow aisles between the racking to get even more product in the space shows how they thought through every detail.”
Chad Hirschey of Buckingham Hardware in Croghan, New York, was equally impressed.
“It was obvious as they walked us through everything that they were taking all these years of distribution knowledge and everything they had learned and were designing this facility to use all those insights into how it functions,” he says.