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Elk Group International adds Georgia warehouse

Company is investing $2 million in former Sylvania Yarn Systems building in Sylvania

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Elk Group, parent company of accent furniture resources Sterling and Dimond Home, is investing about $2 million in an area distribution center.

The distribution center, located in nearby Sylvania in Screven County, will create about 100 jobs, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The jobs will be created over the next three years and will primarily include positions in office and warehouse operations.

The 400,000-square-foot Sylvania facility, located in a former Sylvania Yarn Systems building, will be the company’s 11th U.S. location.

“Expanding our distribution network to the Southeast allows us to support current and future growth, while enhancing service levels for our customers,” said Todd Webb, chief operating officer of Elk Group International, which also includes Dimond Lighting, Alico Lighting, Elk Lighting Creativity and Elk Hospitality. “The management of the Screven County Development Authority and the City of Sylvania were instrumental in the decision process, and we look forward to being an active member of the local community.”

The new distribution center will be housed in a manufacturing facility that was closed in 2009, local economic development officials said.

“The former Sylvania Yarn Systems building has housed a vital part of our industry mix in Sylvania for decades, prior to being shuttered in 2009,” said Bobby Smith, chairman of the Screven County Development Authority. “It is great to see it active again and even better to see a vibrant and strong partner joining us in Screven County.”

Elk also distributes product under the Stein World, GuildMaster and Thomas Lighting brand names to name a few.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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