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Hardware maker submits plans to Berkeley County

April 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Tennessee hardware manufacturer will build its new distribution center in Berkeley County off Tabler Station Road along Interstate 81, according to plans filed in the Berkeley County Planning Commission office.

Orgill Inc. will build its 477,000-square-foot plant on 39 acres across from Guardian Fiberglass, an insulation manufacturer that recently moved to Berkeley County, according to plans.

The plant, which could employ up to 200 people, also will be designed for a 288,960-square-foot expansion, planning commission records said.

The company announced in March it would build a new distribution center in Berkeley County, but economic development officials could not say where.

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The 39 acres is owned by the Fix estate, said Bob Crawford, executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority, who has been helping to put the deal together for Orgill.

An Orgill official declined to comment Friday.

Crawford said a groundbreaking ceremony for the plant is being planned for May 10. The plant could be completed by the end of the year, Crawford said.

The distribution center will house a wide variety of hardware.

Founded in 1847, Orgill is the largest privately held wholesale hardware distributor in the United States.

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