American Signature expands distribution center

To serve 31 Value City Furniture stores throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

Columbus, Ohio-based American Signature, the parent company of Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture, has invested $75 million in a new 498,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in LaPorte, Ind. This center serves 31 Value City Furniture stores throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

“As we continue to grow our retail operations, this new facility gives us increased efficiencies and capabilities in meeting the needs of our customers,” said David Thompson, president of American Signature, which operates 85 Value City Furniture Stores and 21 American Signature Furniture stores. “This is our fourth distribution facility, which allows us to maintain our promise of prompt, quality customer service as we expand the reach of our stores and increase the diversity of our inventory.”

Located 80 miles east of Chicago at Eastgate Industrial Park, the center currently employs 167 people. American Signature invested $25 million in the building racking systems, and material handling equipment and another $50 million to stock the distribution facility. The company also maintains distribution centers in Columbus, Ohio; Ruther Glen, Va.; and Thomasville, Ga.

“As Value City Furniture continues to expand and grow, this new distribution center also supports our expanded product offerings from the American Signature Gallery line, which was added to Value City Furniture Stores in the fall of 2003,” Thompson said. “The galleries offer a unique shopping experience for customers, enabling them to see professionally decorated room vignettes.”

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