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Warrendale, Pa. Rue21 announced that it has successfully completed an upgrade to its 189,600-sq.-ft. distribution center and office facility located in Weirton, W. Va.

The improvements will enable the distribution center to support over 1,300 stores under the current business model and positions the company for future growth. The upgrade, which doubled the facility’s store packing capacity, included the implementation of a new pack-to-light system, structural, mechanical, and control systems as well as upgrades to the warehouse-management system. The eight-month project was executed through a partnership between Rue21 and business partners Forte Industrial Equipment Systems, Island Pacific and RSC-AIS Consulting.

Keith McDonough, senior VP and CFO stated: “The increased packing capacity, new systems and performance metrics will vastly improve the speed with which we can ship new merchandise.”

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