Company Leaders Showcase Hi-Tech Manufacturing, Local Job Creation
MEMPHIS, Tenn. January 9, 2014 – Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, and Governor Haslam gathered with Electrolux executives and Tennessee state and local leaders today to open its state-of-the-art Memphis manufacturing plant. Construction on the new facility began in October 2011, and the plant now produces home cooking appliances for retail distribution throughout North America.
The invited guests toured the facility, during which the group examined the company’s advanced manufacturing processes, learned about the plant’s precision engineering and met with employees. Last November, the facility marked the official start of production when Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges began coming off the line and shipping to retailers.
“Just a little more than two years ago, there was an empty field where this plant stands today,” said Truong. “Now, our team is producing innovative, high-quality appliances that are being shipped across North America.”
With the new plant operational, Truong added, Tennessee – also home to an Electrolux cooking plant in Springfield – is now a national leader in the production of cooking appliances. “Electrolux manufactures one out of every three ovens shipped in North America,” he said. “The state of Tennessee can be proud that they are now producing the lion’s share of these ovens.”
“I want to thank Electrolux for creating these new jobs in Memphis and Shelby County,” Governor Haslam said. “Memphis is a world-class distribution hub, and today’s event supports our efforts to become the number one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs.”
The Memphis plant will ultimately produce a variety of signature items, including Electrolux®, Electrolux ICON® and Frigidaire built-in and specialty cooking products, wall ovens and specialty freestanding ranges. The plant also houses a reliability lab that allows the company to simulate a product’s lifetime usage and performance expectations. The lab can test up to 380 cooking products simultaneously.
The Memphis plant has hired more than 550 employees in manufacturing, engineering, supply-chain management, finance and operations management and will eventually grow to employ 1,200 people as it reaches full production over the course of the next five years.
Electrolux is a global leader in appliances for household and professional use, selling more than 50 million products to customers in more than 150 countries every year. The company focuses on innovations 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, vacuum cleaners, cookers and air-conditioners sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, Frigidaire, Kelvinator, AEG, and Eureka. In 2012, Electrolux had sales of $17 billion ($5.1 billion in North America) and 58,000 employees. The Electrolux North American headquarters is located at 10200 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 in the University Research Park. For more information visit http://newsroom.electrolux.com/us/.