Orgill, Inc.

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  • Address: 3742 Tyndale Dr., Memphis, TN 38125
  • Phone: 901-754-8850

The story of Orgill, Inc. began when William Orgill came from England to join his brother, Joseph, as a traveling salesman for Joseph’s importing company in New York. They imported and sold cutlery, tools, guns and other kinds of hardware. During his business travels, William learned of a hardware business in Petersburg, VA that was for sale. He purchased the inventory and moved it to Memphis by ship via the James River, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. He opened for business on April 1, 1847.

Although Memphis was then a small, sleepy river town of about 7,000 people, William recognized the advantages of its strategic location on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. The river brought goods, people and opportunity. The railroad came to Memphis in 1857, linking the city to the rest of the South and providing a new avenue for shipments. Around the same time, the flatboat was being replaced by the steamboat era, and the new methods of transportation would propel Orgill to new levels of prosperity.

The ox carts and flatboats have since been replaced by fuel-efficient trucks, and the distribution center now stocks cordless drills instead of cotton presses. As the company evolved the name did too, changing from Orgill Brothers & Company to Orgill, Inc. However, what hasn’t changed is Orgill’s commitment to the customer. Orgill’s market-focused approach to distribution has earned the company a reputation of unsurpassed customer service. Through its mix of sophisticated marketing programs, low-cost distribution services and a corporate dedication to support the uniqueness of individual retailers, Orgill has emerged as a viable alternative to the industry’s co-operatives.

Orgill, Inc. is now the world’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor providing retailers across the United States, Canada, and in more than 60 countries throughout the world access to over 75,000 products and industry-leading retail services.
Throughout its span in history, Orgill has survived a civil war, two world wars, fires, the yellow fever epidemic, and the Great Depression. Little has stood in the way of the company’s growth, and the future looks just as promising. As is often said at Orgill, the best is yet to come!