Electrolux Gives Preview of New Memphis Manufacturing Plant
Local leaders join Electrolux executives on tour of facility, set to open in 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn., January 15, 2013 – Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, joined other Electrolux senior management today to provide a preview of the inner workings of the new 750,000-square-foot Electrolux manufacturing plant to local and state leaders and the news media. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, State Senator Mark Norris and Regional Director of the Economic and Community Development Ted Townsend were among the group who participated in the first tour of the facility.
Electrolux highlighted different pieces of high-tech digital equipment, including specialized robotics and automated assembly lines. This technology and manufacturing process is part of Electrolux’s commitment to innovation and will be key to the production of Electrolux®, Electrolux ICON® and Frigidaire® built-in and specialty cooking products, including drop-in/slide-in ranges, wall ovens and specialty freestanding ranges. Electrolux executives also showcased the plant’s research and development center, which was designed to simulate a product’s lifetime usage and performance expectations and can test up to 380 products at one time. The group also got a look at the latest construction progress, and saw four of the first stoves that will be produced on the manufacturing line.
“We are putting down roots here in the Memphis community and are excited about what the future has in store for us,” said Truong. “As we come into the home stretch of construction, we want to thank all of the individuals, local and state leadership, and the organizations that were part of a group effort in getting us to this point. Our state-of-the-art facility is a perfect example of successful collaboration between public and private entities.”
The Memphis plant has already hired 90 employees and will hire approximately 160 more between now and May 2013. Positions are currently being offered in engineering, supply chain management, finance and operations management. The plant will eventually employ 1,200 people over the course of the next five years as it reaches full production. An estimated 3,600 more jobs will also be created by suppliers who will support the plant. This is the second Electrolux facility in Tennessee – the company also has operations in Springfield, bringing total state employment to approximately 4,000. Electrolux is the largest manufacturer of cooking products sold in the U.S. and Canada.
About The Electrolux Group Electrolux is a global leader in household appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. The company focuses on innovative solutions that are thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the real needs of consumers and professionals. Electrolux products include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, air-conditioners and small appliances such as vacuum cleaners sold under esteemed brands like Electrolux, AEG, Eureka and Frigidaire. In 2011 Electrolux had sales of SEK 102 billion and 58,000 employees. For more information, go to www.electrolux.com/press and www.electrolux.com/news.