Orgill Opens Distribution Center in Rome, New York

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Orgill’s Rome New York facility is now fully operational and will soon begin serving customers in New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.

The Rome facility joins Orgill’s existing facilities in Tifton Georgia, Inwood West Virginia, Sikeston Missouri, Kilgore Texas, Post Falls Idaho, Hurricane Utah, and London Ontario.

“We are extremely pleased that our Rome distribution center is now online to provide even better service, speed, and responsiveness to our customers,” Boyden Moore, Orgill’s president, and CEO said in a news release. “We broke ground on the facility in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was hitting, nevertheless we were able to push through and get the facility built in record time.”

Orgill announced plans for its 780,000 square foot Rome facility in the spring of 2019 in order to better accommodate the company’s growth in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

“Adding the Rome distribution center to our network will undoubtedly help us provide more efficient service to the customers in the northeast and mid-Atlantic areas, but adding a large facility like this also has a ripple effect on the other distribution centers in our network,” Orgill’s executive vice president of distribution, Randy Williams, stated.

“In reality, Rome will create greater capacity at almost all of our DCs and allow us to better service our growing customer base across much of our service areas.”

The Rome distribution center was built with a very-narrow-aisle (VNA) layout, which uses aisles that are narrower in spacing, allowing for more merchandise to be stocked in less space.

According to Mark Scanlon, vice president of northeast distribution, “In addition to the VNA layout, the Rome facility also takes advantage of features such as utilizing a multi-tiered conveyor system instead of the traditional spiral conveyor. The multi-tiered system is more efficient and helps reduce any unwanted slowdowns if there are any issues with the conveyor. The Dc was also designed with receiving docks on one side of the main aisle and shipping docks on the other side. This will reduce congestion and create a more natural product flow.”

Orgill has made additional commitments in the last year to expand and improve its distribution capabilities.

Orgill announced plans to nearly double the size of its Hurricane, Utah distribution center in March.

“Effective and efficient distribution of products is at the heart of what we do and it is core to how we ensure that customers can manage and run their businesses profitably,” Moore commented.

“Just because we have one of the most modern distribution networks in the industry doesn’t mean we are going to shy away from making investments and incremental improvements wherever possible.”

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