Art Van Furniture, the Midwest’s number one furniture and mattress retailer, is hosting a career fair today, Tuesday, April 30, and tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 14934 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park, Ill. to fill hundreds of new positions.
“The passion and dedication that launched Art Van Furniture continues today, and each year brings fresh innovation and growth,” said Founder and Chairman, Art Van Elslander. “We look forward to providing the Chicago market with quality home furnishings at great prices and unmatched customer service – and are seeking qualified candidates to help fulfill this promise.”
The retailer is looking to fill a variety of full-time and part-time positions including store managers, visual merchandisers, sales associates, warehouse associates and office associates, among others.
Art Van Furniture retail stores will be located in: Batavia, Ill.; Bolingbrook, Ill.; Ford CityChicago, Ill.; Logan Square-Chicago, Ill.; Merrillville-Hobart, Ind.; and Orland Park, Ill.. A regional distribution center will be based in Bolingbrook, Ill.
Governor Pat Quinn recently attended at a press conference that Art Van Furniture, the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer, will expand into the Chicago area with new retail and distribution locations, bringing approximately 600 new jobs to the area.
The announcement was part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois economy forward and create jobs. He was joined at the press conference by Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, to make the announcement at the future store location in Lincoln Park.
“Art Van Furniture joins the growing number of companies that are choosing Illinois to invest and grow their business,” Governor Quinn said. “With our diverse economy and our pool of highly-skilled workers, Illinois is a great place to do business. We are committed to working with companies like Art Van Furniture to create jobs and drive our economy forward.”
In addition to the Orland Park store, the other new Art Van Furniture stores will be located in the Ford City and Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago as well as Batavia, Bolingbrook, and Merrillville-Hobart, Indiana.
There is also a plan to open a 183,000-square-foot regional distribution center will be based in Bolingbrook. Art Van Furniture plans to open more than a dozen retail locations and an equal number of its Art Van PureSleep bedding stores over the next three years. In Michigan, Art Van Furniture operates 36 stores and employs more than 2,700 associates.
“Chicago is definitely our kind of town,” Van Elslander said. “This is a world-class city in a world-class state whose residents possess a great zest for life, passion for work, play and leisure, and pride in community. We look forward to introducing families to Art Van Furniture’s one-of-a-kind lifestyle shopping experience and helping them to make their homes more stylish and comfortable without breaking the bank.”
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provided a targeted investment package that includes the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credits. Art Van Furniture is eligible for the credit worth $404,000 over ten years, and will invest nearly $5 million to open a regional warehouse in Bolingbrook that creates dozens of jobs. The EDGE tax credits are performance-based, meaning a company is not eligible for tax credits unless it meets its commitment to create jobs and make the agreed upon private investment.
Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the state of Illinois has worked diligently to identify companies with the potential to bring jobs and economic growth to Illinois. The state has added 218,500 private sector jobs since January 2010, when job growth returned to Illinois following a two-year period of declines during the recession.
Art Van Furniture, based in Warren, Michigan, was founded in 1959 and is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer. Art Van Elslander’s furniture business began in 1959 in a 4,000 square-foot space in Gratiot Avenue and 10 Mile Road in what was then called East Detroit. Art Vans Furniture (later changed to Art Van Furniture) opened with mostly modern and Danish-style furniture. By 1963, Van Elslander owned seven stores and had taken on some partners, including his brother, Bob Van Elslander, Don Fox and Bob McEachin.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s largest furniture retailer and the Midwest’s number one furniture and mattress retailer. The company operates 36 stores throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus eight freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Kalamazoo, New Hudson, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Troy, Michigan.
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