Ferguson, North America’s leading supplier of construction-related products, is opening a giant distribution center east of Celina, Ohio, in Midwest Electric’s service territory.
The distributor plans to build a 400,000-square-foot facility along state Route 29 at the corner of Harris Road. A timeline for construction has not been released. The company has vowed to create 70 new full-time jobs at the 77-acre site.
Last fall county commissioners approved a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to extend water and sewer service from Celina to Harris Road and improve roadways. The infrastructure project is estimated to cost $1,150,000.
Additional funds for the infrastructure project will come from an Ohio Department of Transportation grant ($150,000), a state roadwork grant ($200,000), the county’s economic development agency ($300,000) and a revolving loan.
The distribution center will serve Ferguson branches and customers in about seven states, according to Christine Dwyer, the company’s public relations manager.
Ferguson is owned by Wolseley of Virginia and has eleven other distribution centers and 300 showrooms across the country. The company distributes plumbing supplies, heating and cooling equipment, fireplaces and appliances, lighting, tools and fire protection equipment. It ranks as the third-largest distributor of heating and cooling equipment and the second largest within the waterworks industry.
Jared Ebbing, economic development director for Mercer County, said “I think it’s a perfect fit for this area.” Ferguson chose Mercer County over thousands of sites in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, Ebbing said.
Mercer County Commissioner Jerry Laffin said, “We believe after we get this one going we’ll be able to get more in that industrial corridor in the future.”
Ebbing said Ferguson’s commitment to the area isn’t just a win for Mercer County. “It’s a win for the region and the state,” he said.
Midwest Electric worked closely with county officials to win Ferguson’s commitment.