Local Orgill operation lands major expansion

Expansion includes $29 million investment, 80-plus jobs

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Orgill, Inc. has announced that Kilgore will be the site of its next distribution center expansion. The announcement signifies an economic development performance agreement that represents new investment of $29 million and the creation of 83 jobs.

The company has projected to invest at least $15 million in new construction and property improvements and $14 million in personal property, and to create 83 new jobs in addition to its current roster of 224. In return, Kilgore Economic Development Corporation is projecting incentives up to $1.1 million. The company is located at 7001 Elder Lake Rd. in Kilgore.

‘Orgill is a quality employer that diversifies the region’s economy,’ said KEDC Board President Bryan Johnston. ‘They have made a significant impact in our community, and we are grateful to be a part of the company’s growth.’

‘The major reasons Orgill chose Kilgore were the economic climate, the ease of doing business in the region, support from Kilgore and Gregg County, and our satisfaction with local staff,’ said Vic Price, vice president distribution - southwest region. ‘The people were a major difference.’

The incentive package includes a generator and switching gear for uninterrupted power; a new driveway into the facility; land donation; tax abatements from the city of Kilgore, Kilgore College and Gregg County; and cash incentives of $557,000 to be paid over 10 years.

About Orgill: Orgill, Inc. is the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor with projected 2018 sales of $2.5 billion. The privately owned company was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Memphis, TN.

About KEDC: KEDC is an organization focused on growing and diversifying the Kilgore economy. In the last five years KEDC staff closed projects that represent more than $63 million in capital investment and more than 2,300 jobs. It is directed by a five-person board and managed by a staff of four with certifications in economic development and economic development finance. KEDC has won international awards for excellence in economic development and has been selected as the outstanding Texas community of its size by the Texas Economic Development Council in 2001, 2007 and 2015.

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