Joe Orgill III: Who is he? Grandfather of kidnapped teacher Eliza Fletcher ran a $3.2 billion private hardware company.


Eliza Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother from Memphis who is the heir to her family’s hardware company’s billion-dollar fortune, was kidnapped on Friday, September 2, while out for a morning jog. The pre-kindergarten instructor at St. Mary’s Episcopal School comes from a Tennessee family, where her grandfather founded a company.

Eliza had previously qualified for the Boston Marathon and was a fervent runner. Around 4.20 am, she was reportedly forced inside a dark SUV by an abductor who was later identified as 38-year-old Cleotha Abston while she was out for a morning jog close to the University of Memphis. Following Fletcher’s puzzling abduction on Friday, September 2, he was detained and charged with “especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence.” People are becoming more intrigued by the wealth she holds as a result of being a member of the Orgill empire as the suspense surrounding her kidnapping intensifies. More than 5,500 people are employed by Orgill Inc., a billion-dollar hardware supply company that was run by Fletcher’s grandfather, the late Joseph “Joe” Orgill III.

Timeline of the Eliza Fletcher abduction: from a 4 a.m. jog to a massive search, police detain “suspect” as the clock runs out

Cleotha Abston: Who is she? Man accused of kidnapping in the disappearance of Eliza Fletcher

Orgill, Inc It claims to be “the largest independent hardlines distributor in the world, with $3 billion in annual sales. The privately held business was established in 1847 and has its headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee. According to the company’s website, “Orgill serves more than 11,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, pro lumber dealers, and farm stores throughout the United States and Canada, as well as over 50 countries around the world.”

Orgill growing sales chart. (Orgill Inc. website)

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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