UPDATE-Large crowd gathers for Orgill support photo

UPDATE-Posted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday – A large crowd gathered on the lawn of the Orgill facility in Vandalia on Tuesday afternoon to show their support for a larger distribution center in Vandalia.

The crowd gathered for a photo organized by a group of employees led by Justin Arndt.

For more, see this week’s issue of The Leader-Union.

UPDATE: To show the community’s support for Orgill, and the jobs that the company provides locally, the employees have organized a community photo at the facility at Veterans Avenue at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

Residents of the community are invited to participate.

Posted at 8:30 a.m. on Monday – Vandalias mayor said on Monday morning that contrary to the word on the streets, a final decision on the future of Vandalia’s Orgill facility, and the home of a new Orgill facility, have not yet been made.

Rick Gottman said that after hearing late last week that Orgill had decided to build its new facility in Sikeston, Mo., he contacted company officials. A company vice president, Gottman said, told him that Vandalia had until noon today to complete its incentives package, including any new incentives.

Gottman said after hearing rumors about Orgill’s decision, he contacted state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville), and the group, in turn, spoke with a representative of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The mayor said the group worked all weekend on including in the Vandalia package improved local and state incentives.

‘We’ve put together a lucrative package,’ Gottman said, adding that the group was continuing to work on Vandalia’s package up to the noon deadline.

According to Gottman, Orgill was planning to build a 1-million-square-foot facility. That facility has been downsized to 700,000 square feet, he said on Monday.

Come back to www.leaderunion.com for any developments, and see the complete story in this Thursday’s issue of The Leader-Union.

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