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Easy to Fly, Easy to Drive: Distribution Centers Thrive in West Virginia

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Cabela’s has both a distribution center and retail store in Wheeling.

Distribution Centers Thrive in West Virginia

West Virginia is home to distribution centers including Coldwater Creek in Mineral Wells, rue21 in Weirton, and Macy’s in Martinsburg. All take advantage of the latest innovations and the state’s highly skilled workforce to get their merchandise to stores across the country. These aren’t the only centers growing and thriving in West Virginia.


West Virginia enticed Cabela’s, the “World’s Foremost Outfitter,” to locate a 540,000-square-foot distribution center, as well as a retail store of more than 175,000 square feet, in Wheeling. The distribution center opened in August 2004 and has expanded to approximately 1.2 million square feet. There are about 1,200 full-time jobs at the two facilities and an estimated four million visitors a year. The Wheeling distribution center is centrally located to many of Cabela’s retail locations in the central U.S. and all of its retail locations in the east, which makes it an efficient hub.

“Our Wheeling location is right along Interstate 70 with easy access from the east and west. Also, it is a short distance to several north-south interstate routes,” said Cabela’s spokesman Wesley Remmer. “As Cabela’s continues to grow, this access will allow the Wheeling distribution center to be able to fulfill more direct-to-customer orders and more retail store orders.”



Huntington is home to the CSX division headquarters. More than 1.5 million carloads of product, mostly coal, move through West Virginia each year.

CSX has a long history in the state. Huntington has proven to be a very good home for the dispatching center that opened in 2008. Currently, there are about 85 people working at the center, which operates on a 24/7 basis. They handle the movement of trains on CSX lines in an area including Newport News, Va., Elkhorn City, Ky., Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio. Tri-State Airport is right by the Huntington facility, and Yeager Airport in Charleston is within easy driving distance. Huntington is the division headquarters for the area dispatched by the center there, which helps foster very close communication and collaboration.

“Certainly the proximity of the airports in Huntington and Charleston and I-64 has made the city very accessible. The region is ideally located for distribution centers which can be served by rail and highway – always an ideal combination,” said J. Randall Cheetham, CSX ’s Huntingtonbased regional vice president for state relations and community affairs. “We are very happy and proud to be in West Virginia. We have a great relationship with the communities and people here.”



Orgill’s distribution center in Inwood is one of five the company has in the U.S. Orgill distributes hardware products to more than 60 countries around the world.

Orgill is the largest privately owned hardware wholesaler and distributor in the world. The company sells and distributes to hardware stores, home centers and lumber yards, both independents as well as customers that are regional and national chains. The distribution center in Inwood opened in 2000, expanded in 2005 and currently employs almost 400 people. It services the Mid-Atlantic region from North Carolina to the tip of Maine; westward into Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan; and the Canadian provinces as well.

“The location has helped us grow as a company. It enabled Orgill to increase capacity and expand business into this region. Inwood is right on the I-81 corridor, so it’s easy access to other major interstates and highways. We are a one-day or at most a twoday drive to our domestic markets,” said Rob Brown, VP of distribution – NE Region for Orgill.

Brown says it’s not just the location that helps fulfill the company’s mission to make its customers successful.

“Our employees here at Inwood really take pride in making that happen each day. We have a very good workforce with low turnover. We’re known in the community as a great place to work and we have dedicated employees here. They’ve definitely been key to our success here in West Virginia.”

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