Ark Floors, a hardwood flooring maker based in Irwindale, Calif., is moving. Plans call for Ark, the U.S. arm of Chinese wood manufacturer A & W [Shanghai] Woods Co., to relocate to a newly constructed 70,000 sq. ft. facility in El Monte, Calif., in mid-March. The new facility, which will allow the company to warehouse inventory and ship products at four times its current capacity, will place the company about 8 miles southwest of their current site.

According to Ira Lefkowitz, Ark’s CEO, the move is a sign of “great growth for the company.” Ark also plans to expand warehousing to an East Coast site later this year.

“On a global level, we’ve got a very strong factory behind us with tremendous resources. By expanding our operations here in the United States we can increase our domestic services tremendously and build our brand nationwide,” he said.

Along with increased warehousing and shipping capacity, the site will include an in-house sample department and additional office space for general operations and customer service. The year-old company recently unveiled four exotic and domestic hardwood collections at Surfaces 2008.

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