Early start in works for distribution site


Orgill is nearly off and running at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park — preparing to open its massive overhead doors for business at its distribution center ahead of schedule, according to published reports.

Orgill, Inc. is the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor with annual sales of $3 billion. The privately-owned company was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Collierville, Tenn. The distribution facility at 1 Atlas Drive, across Route 825 from the Wingate by Wyndham, occupies a 776,000-square-foot facility with another 250,000-square feet of exterior storage space.

According to a published article, programmers were fine tuning Orgill’s computer system late last week, preparing it to open well ahead of its planned early 2022 opening. Considered an essential business, Orgill’s opening timeline was accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the facility able to open nearly six months ahead of schedule. It is expected to employ 220 workers.

In that published report, Mark Scanlon, vice president of northeast distribution for Orgill, lauded support from local officials as helping the company accelerate its project.

Orgill serves more than 11,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, pro lumber dealers, and farm stores throughout the United States and Canada, and more than 50 countries around the world. Orgill retailers have immediate access to more than 75,000 SKUs in each of its eight distribution centers. Drop Ship programs are available from the industry’s leading manufacturers.

Orgill’s distribution facilities are among the newest and most efficient in the industry, according to the company, with order accuracy rates of 99.6% and industry leading fill rates.

Orgill operates one of the industry’s largest truck fleets as well, and 98% of Orgill customers receive their shipment on a scheduled Orgill truck with an Orgill driver within 48 hours of placing their order.

More than 350 Orgill field representatives are strategically located throughout North America. These highly trained men and women work side by side with customers to help identify and address opportunities in the dealer’s local market. Field staff is supported by a highly skilled team of customer service specialists located in each distribution center, as well as the Collierville home office.

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said she toured the facility about two months ago and was informed that Orgill was targeting June for when it would roll out its first tractor trailers, which was six months ahead of schedule.

“We’re so pleased to have them here. It’s the first Northeast distribution center” for Orgill. “It took intense negotiations to bring them here, and we won the battle,” said Izzo. “This is just great for the community. We were among some other sites, even in our own state and others out-of-state. Now they know they made a great decision. We always told them they would be ahead of schedule.”

She said, “They’re hiring over 200 people, and they’re good paying jobs. It’s a great company to work for, they’re very community-minded, they are very much aware of their employees and their needs, and this is a real asset to the City of Rome and Griffiss Park.”

Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President William K. Guglielmo said Orgill’s investment in Rome is a strong validation of the firm’s confidence in the community’s growth, resilience and workforce.  

“Its impact on the business community will be beneficial in the retail marketplace locally and throughout the region because its presence will encourage entrepreneurship,” Guglielmo said. “The chamber welcomes Orgill and looks forward to their active partnership in helping Rome to grow and prosper.”

“We are proud to welcome the Orgill distribution center to Griffiss Business and Technology Park,” added Steven J. DiMeo, Griffiss Local Development Corporation Authorized Representative and President of Mohawk Valley EDGE. “Their new state-of-the-art distribution center has transformed the entrance to the park and they serve as an employment anchor to the ever-growing park ecosystem. We look forward to watching Orgill grow and contribute to the Mohawk Valley economy.”


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