first published in Idaho Business Review - October 19, 2016, by Teya Vitu
Orgill Inc. will distribute hardware goods to the Pacific Northwest and western Canada from Kimball Office’s former plant in Post Falls. Photo courtesy of Orgill Inc.
Orgill Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor of hardware goods, is converting the former Kimball Office Inc. manufacturing plant in Post Falls into a distribution center to serve the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.
Orgill acquired the 475,000-square-foot Kimball structure in September for an undisclosed amount and immediately started renovations with ambitions to start receiving product in December, Orgill spokeswoman Kristyl Lawson said.
“We’re trying to be as aggressive with the opening date as we can.” Lawson said.
She said one major renovation chore is raising the height of the sprinkler system, which was much lower for Kimball manufacturing.
Post Falls will be Orgill’s seventh distribution center to supply hardware stores on 34 routes in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Idaho just south to Boise. Post Falls also will run 10 routes to the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Canada is a priority. Right now we are shipping out of Ontario,” Lawson said. “The western U.S. is shipping out of Hurricane, Utah.”
Orgill’s Post Falls center will be among its smaller distribution centers in square footage but among the largest in item count. Post Falls will carry 90,000 different products compared to the average 72,000 items at other Orgill facilities, she said.
Orgill distributes nearly anything carried in hardware stores except lumber to builders and independent hardware stores, she said. Orgill is not a supplier of The Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Orgill hopes to start shipping to Canada by mid-February and be fully operational in the Pacific Northwest by early spring, she said.