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|Contact: Megan Hill
|Two Idaho Companies Receive Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) Award
|BOISE, Idaho — May 17, 2017— Trade & Industry Development, a leading site selection publication, announced the winners of the 12th Annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) awards, including Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. in Donnelly, and Orgill, Inc. in Post Falls. Both Idaho companies were recognized in the Community Impact category for having made a significant impact on, and contribution to, their community, including revitalizing their respective local areas and providing meaningful, needed jobs.
“These are two exceptional companies that are making a lasting impact on the communities they are a part of. We couldn’t be more proud of them being recognized for their contributions to Idaho’s economy and people,” said Megan Ronk, director of Idaho Commerce.
Midas Gold Idaho and Orgill, Inc. were two of only 15 projects recognized nationally in the Community Impact Award category.
Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.
When Midas Gold Idaho first began exploring the historic Stibnite Gold Project site, the company made a commitment to hire locally and use Idaho resources when available. Since 2011, the company has invested $105 million in Idaho, nearly 80 percent of that investment has been in Valley County.
“Midas Gold Idaho is honored to work with the community of Valley County,” said Laurel Sayer, President of Midas Gold Idaho. “As a company, we’ve made Valley County our home and we believe we have a duty to be a good corporate citizen.”
Midas Gold Idaho has placed a strong emphasis on community engagement and community giving, particularly around programs for kids and the environment. In total the company has given more than $230,000 to community programs, schools, sponsorships and scholarships since 2013.
Orgill’s decision to expand its distribution facilities in Post Falls came to fruition at a critical time for the community after an office furniture maker moved its operations to Indiana, leaving one of the largest buildings in Idaho vacant, and 200 employees without a job. That is why it was so critical that the largest independent hardlines distributor chose Post Falls for their expansion.
“There were many positive things that lead us to select Post Falls as the home for our newest distribution center including the excellent workforce in the area, the assistance and cooperation of local officials and the quality of the facility itself,” said Ron Beal, Orgill’s chairman, president and CEO. “We look forward to being a good corporate citizen of Post Falls, Kootenai County and the State of Idaho.”
“Orgill’s decision to move here will result in an anticipated $5.8 million yearly in wages coming into the community. This is a significant investment in Northern Idaho’s economy,” said Gynii Gilliam, president, Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation.
With private investment of $15 million, the approximately half-million-square-foot distribution center will create more than 135 new jobs in a town with a population just shy of 30,000.
“Orgill is a great addition to our area,” said Post Falls Mayor Ron Jacobson. “The company will provide a significant number of jobs in our market, they place a high importance on employees and their families, and are active members of the communities in which they are located.
A full report on the 2017 CiCi Award winners is available here.