FORT MILL — F. Schumacher has moved its distribution center from Richburg to Fort Mill.
The company, founded in 1889, opened its distribution center in Richburg in 1990. Company officials said the facility was too large and they started looking for a smaller location in South Carolina to retain their 40-person work force.
The company relocated to a warehouse complex off S.C. 160 west, refitting about 72,500 square feet. Schumacher did not disclose how much it invested in its new facility.
Schumacher CEO Terri Eagle said the company, which sells high-end fabrics and furniture to interior designers, selected the site because of its proximity to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The Fort Mill distribution center gets materials from all over the world and then cuts them into smaller pieces for use by interior decorators.
Orders are shipped by air all over the world from the Fort Mill distribution center, said Steven Puschel, the fifth-generation of his family to own the company.
Schumacher collaborated with such 20th century designers as Paul Poiret, Dorothy Draper, Cecil Beaton, and Frank Lloyd Wright. It also has been involved with projects at historic houses and museums such as The White House, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Schumacher products are sold exclusively to design professionals through an extensive network of showrooms including locations in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
The company also has sales representatives in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066