Rome will welcome a massive new facility for Orgill Inc., a hardware distribution company based in Tennessee. The firm will open a distribution center in Rome, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced late this morning.
The planned 780,000 square foot facility will be built on Route 825, across from Rome Free Academy at Griffiss Park. According to the governor’s announcement, the warehouse will create 225 new jobs, and the company “plans to invest nearly $70 million to construct and equip the facility.”
It will be Orgill’s first such facility in the state.
“The Mohawk Valley is a prime location for businesses moving products throughout the Northeast, and the Orgill distribution center is a welcome addition to the region,” Cuomo said. “We proudly invest in companies that invest in New York, and with the hundreds of jobs generated by this new facility there is no doubt it will help bolster the region’s economy.”
The project is eligible for up to $3.5 million in Empire State Development tax credits, and the facility will “have the potential to expand to 1 million square feet,” according to the announcement.
Company president Boyden Moore said he was “excited to announce this expansion to our distribution network” and that he “look(s) forward to the enhanced efficiencies this will create for our customers as we move forward.”
“After many months of negotiations we thank Orgill, Inc. for selecting Rome as their first distribution facility in the Northeastern United States,” Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, R, said.
“With the assistance of New York State, Empire State Development Corporation, Oneida County and Mohawk Valley EDGE, we continue the transformation of the former Griffiss Air Force Base to a very diversified business and technology park featuring employment opportunities in cybersecurity, quantum computing, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, finance, and now our second distribution facility providing an additional 225 jobs to the city of Rome,” the mayor added.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., R, said it was a “great day for Oneida County and the city of Rome.”
“This $68 million investment will result in hundreds of new well-paying jobs for our community,” he continued. “I want to thank Orgill for choosing Oneida County as the location of its first distribution center in the Northeast. This opportunity for our area wouldn’t have been made possible without the partnership between my administration and Mayor Izzo’s as well as our team of economic development partners, including Mohawk Valley EDGE and Empire State Development, and I applaud them all for their efforts.”
“Orgill is a wonderful addition to Griffiss and our region and we are excited that after an exhaustive site search they have selected the skyline site for their northeast distribution center,” said Elis Delia, Chair of Griffiss Local Development Corporation.
Delia continued: “Preparing large scale sites for development takes time and foresight and we are grateful to our economic development team who was able to deliver a quality site in the time-frame that was needed for this project to be a success. Orgill’s decision to select Griffiss is another example of the positive developments that are taking place within our region and how Griffiss continues to be a major driver in the region’s economic resurgence.”
“We are proud to welcome Orgill Distribution Center to Griffiss Business and Technology Park,” said Steven J.DiMeo, President of Mohawk Valley EDGE. “Over the past few years we at EDGE have adapted our business development strategy to target Site Selectors. It is from that strategic relationship that this project was identified. Our team was then able to work with JM Mullis, Inc. who represented Orgill on this competitive site search, Empire State Development, and Orgill to find a location and work force that met their needs. We are excited that Rome and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park is that location.”
Senator Joseph Griffo, R-47, said he was “pleased to see that Orgill Inc. will be building a 780,000-square-foot distribution facility in Rome.”
“This $68 million project will create 225 new jobs and will be a welcome addition to Rome and the Mohawk Valley,” he added.
“I’m proud to welcome Orgill, Inc. to New York State,” said Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119. “Orgill’s decision to build a distribution center in the Mohawk Valley will create good-paying jobs and provide an economic boost to our entire region. It’s also proof that we can continue to attract top national and international companies to Rome and to the Mohawk Valley. I look forward to working with Gov. Cuomo, my colleagues in the Legislature and Orgill representatives to ensure this project gets off the ground without a hitch.”
According to its website, Orgill serves “more than 6,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, pro lumber dealers, and farm stores” worldwide, and receives $2.5 billion in sales yearly.
City Hall rezoned the site for development in May, adding “freight terminals, warehouses, and healthcare facilities” to the permitted uses for the area.
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