Missouri’s transportation, logistics and warehousing industry continues to grow, as Gov. Jay Nixon was joined today in Sikeston by local leaders and company executives in announcing plans by Orgill to expand its facility there by more than 250,000 square feet. The hardware distributor and home improvement retail services company also expects to add more than 70 new jobs to its Sikeston workforce.
“It’s rewarding to see firsthand how doing business in Missouri can give a company the competitive edge they need to grow,” Gov. Nixon said. “This is Orgill’s second expansion in Sikeston, and it will create more than 70 jobs and provide another boost to this region’s economy. It’s clear that more and more businesses like Orgill see the value in investing in a state with a spotless AAA rating and a workforce that’s second to none.”
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. The 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.”
“Our mission is simple: help our customers be successful,” Williams continued. “The Orgill team will be able to accomplish this with our expanded operations here in this region and in this state.”
“It is a tremendous compliment to the Sikeston community that Orgill, Inc. is reinforcing their commitment to us with a $10 million expansion of their facility,” said Mayor Jerry Pullen. “Their 1 million square-foot facility will be the largest building by far in our Sikeston Industrial Park. I want to thank Orgill, Inc. for their investment in Sikeston.”
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.
“This is a great announcement for Sikeston and all of southeast Missouri,” said Ed Dust, Director, Sikeston Department of Economic Development. “An expansion of the existing Orgill, Inc. facility is a great endorsement of the community. It was very rewarding for our local team to work again with Terry Maglich, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and Mike Mullis of J.M. Mullis & Associates on this project.”
Transportation and logistics was identified in the Governor’s Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth as a top targeted industry for next-generation job creation, and Gov. Nixon has made attracting investments in these fields a priority of his administration. As a result, Missouri has garnered expansions from a number of companies operating in these industries, including Freightquote and XPO Logistics in Kansas City and Total Quality Logistics in St. Louis.
To assist Orgill with its expansion in Sikeston, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The City of Sikeston also assisted the company with its expansion.