MO governor says 70 new jobs in Sikeston due to Orgill’s $10.2 million expansion
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Sikeston Friday with local leaders and company executives in announcing plans by Orgill to expand its facility by more than 250,000 square feet.
According to a news release, the hardware distributor, and home improvement retail services company, expects to add more than 70 new jobs to its Sikeston workforce.
"The competitive advantage that we have is the workforce," Nixon said at a news conference, Friday. "Missourians get up early, they stay late, they compete, they work safely, and they know that they're ready to compete with anybody in the world."
“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.”
The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
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.
Orgill's $10.2 million build-out expansion will bring the Sikeston facility to over one 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.”
The expansion will boost the facility's capacity by 25 percent and increase its employment to more than 370. It will be the company's second largest location in terms of workforce.
“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.”
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.
Orgill employs more than 2,000 workers worldwide. The Sikeston facility is the company's largest distribution center
"This is a great announcement for Sikeston and all of southeast Missouri," said Ed Dust, Director, and 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."
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.
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