The Brazilian company said the new facility will stock a wide range of leather articles from its tanneries in South America, Europe and Asia, providing improved shipping and faster delivery to furniture industry customers in North America.

The company also said the distribution center will allow it to respond more quickly to changing trends in the marketplace.

In addition to the distribution center, JBS is raising its U.S profile with the opening of a permanent showroom at Showtime, the fabric and leather trade fair that began May 31 in High Point.

The JBS showroom is in suite 301-B of the Home Fashion Resource Center at 312 S. Hamilton St.

The company said it has been studying the U.S market for more than two years and believes the latest moves will enable it to grow market share there.

JBS is based in São Paulo, Brazil, and has 26 tanneries and finishing operations in Brazil, Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam and Uruguay. The company said its leather business generated revenues of more than $1.5 billion in 2014.