In October of 2015, Orgill Inc, a company with a long history in Memphis, announced plans to build a new world headquarters in Collierville. The $21 million investment in our community broke ground in the summer of 2016 on the east side of Houston Levee Road between Winchester and Bailey Station Road. Orgill planned to be up and running in the new location during the fourth quarter of 2017 - and they are right on schedule.
265 Orgill employees will be moving into 92,000 square foot headquarters in December. The new location will also accommodate 115 new jobs, with salaries averaging $65,000, in addition to the 265 current employees, who have a median income of $81,000.
Founded in Memphis in 1847, Orgill distributes hardware and home improvement products to customers in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and over 50 countries internationally. They have 7 distribution centers throughout the United States and 3 export consolidation facilities shipping hardware supplies. Orgill also offers branding, marketing, retail and sales services to their customers.
The economic influence of Orgill starting their operation in Collierville is invaluable. With a well-developed road and sewer infrastructure already in place, the Town is minimally impacted by adding the Orgill facility. Once Orgill begins operations next month, the local economy will see a boost. Collierville’s vast array of restaurants will be the beneficiary of employees’ lunch destinations and local shops will more than likely see an influx in activity visiting during lunch hours and after work. Some Orgill employees may decide to move to Collierville, which will have an additional positive impact on the local real estate market.
Elizabeth Burr Wilson, realtor with Crye-Leike, welcomes this kind of “smart growth” to the Collierville community.
“We have the right leadership within the Town to facilitate smart growth in Collierville,” said Wilson. “I enjoy seeing new office buildings in Town, because I know what they will bring. These corporate executives want high-end homes, support local restaurants, and send their kids to an amazing school system.”
This type of economic growth has a low impact on the environment and the framework of the Town. Having these high paying jobs in the community – such as the Orgill employees – stimulates the type of activity any city wants, plans to attract, and eagerly welcomes.
“This is the present and future of Collierville,” said James Taras, Managing Partner of Jim’s Place Grille, another business rooted in Memphis history.
Located minutes down the street from Orgill’s headquarters, Taras shared that Orgill is already an integral part of their business.
“Whether it is 2 or 30 people, we appreciate their support as a go-to spot for dining in this neighborhood. We also hope that Orgill will spearhead economic growth in the area; we invested in the community 11 years ago, and look forward to seeing more successful companies like Orgill joining us.”
In addition to providing a daytime economic stimulus to the Town, these employees will join other local corporate entities giving back to the community they call home. They provide corporate sponsorships for nonprofits and participate in local service projects. Attracting and welcoming corporate partners like Orgill will help to continue to solidify the Town’s brand as a regional center for America’s best corporations to grow their business.