Rural King, a Mattoon, Illinois-based company that operates more than 120 farm and home stores in 13 states, will expand its distribution and manufacturing center operations in Waverly, Ohio. The project is expected to create 75 new jobs.
According to state economic development officials, Rural King will occupy an additional 800K square feet of the former Mill’s Pride building adjacent to their current operation. This project will put three vacant buildings back into productive reuse. Rural King will invest nearly $17 million at the site, which includes significant improvements to the building.
The Waverly distribution facility opened in 2015 and currently operates with approximately 370 associates at the location. This facility services a majority of Rural King stores, fulfills e-commerce orders, and completes assembly for Rural King tractors.
“We’re excited to continue expanding our distribution center and adding more jobs into the community here in Waverly,” said Rural King CEO, Alex Melvin. “This facility has helped us to streamline our operations and increase our supply chain efficiency, and increased space will allow our company and this community to continue improving.”
JobsOhio and OhioSE worked collaboratively with Rural King representatives on the project, which will recieve and a $400,000 JobsOhio Economic Development Grant. Pike County Community and Economic Development, JEDISO, the Village of Waverly, and Pike County Community Action also each assisted in the project.
“Rural King has has had a tremendous positive impact on Waverly, and we and our partners at JobsOhio are thankful to have been part of their growth story,” said OhioSE Project Manager, Taylor Stepp. “Economic development efforts have repopulated the Mill’s Pride campus bringing new revenue, tax dollars, and opportunities to Pike County.”
“Rural King has been a great asset to Pike County and the region. We are excited about the expansion and the creation of more jobs for Pike County,” said Gary Arnett, Development Director of the Pike County Office of Community and Economic Development. “And we would like to thank JobsOhio and OhioSE for all of their support.”