Oneida County IDA supports tax deal for proposed Orgill distribution center

Thursday's resolution brings the proposed Orgill distribution center one step closer to reality.

Posted: Jun 27, 2019 12:38 PM

ROME, NY – At its meeting Thursday morning, the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency passed a resolution to make way for a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement for Orgill, the company that has announced it is bringing 225 new jobs to Rome.

These jobs would further diversify the business and technology park at Griffiss. There will now be jobs in the distribution center, finance, and health care industries – among others – on the former air force base.

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

Thursday's resolution brings the proposed Orgill distribution center one step closer to reality.

“This is a real project now. We are putting the financing in place, and then once we do that it will take several months… as GLDC closes on the sale of the land, possibly there could be some dirt moving this year,” said Mayor Jackie Izzo.

The next step in the process will be a public hearing at a date to be determined.

Orgill is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and distributes products to hardware stores and home centers. The planned $70 million facility will reportedly be 780,000 square feet and will be the company’s first in New York State.

Izzo says the addition of the Orgill jobs brings the total number of employees working at various businesses in Griffiss Business and Technology Park to approximately 6,000.

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