MEMPHIS, TENN. —
Electrolux Major Appliances North America (EMA-NA) broke ground this month on two major construction projects in Tennessee.
The company is converting its cooking products manufacturing facility in Springfield into an R&D center and purchasing headquarters for cooking products in North America. The expanded site will also house Electrolux’s global development center for white-goods electronics.
In turn, the manufacturer is building a new cooking products manufacturing plant in Memphis that will serve North America.
The $5 million Springfield expansion will add worldclass cooking laboratories and development facilities to the former cooking factory, Electrolux said. The project will add 21,000 square feet over three stories, as well as about 75 new engineering and technical jobs when it is completed in January. A renovation of current office space is also underway and expected to be completed by the end of October.
“We are excited to take on a growing role for Electrolux by leveraging this location for not only our North American cooking manufacturing facilities, but also cooking facilities worldwide with the addition of global electronics at this plant,” said John Terzo, VP and general manager for EMA-NA cooking products. “We are very pleased to continue making significant investments in our facilities in Springfield and adding a global role to our expertise in cooking products.”
Electrolux said it chose Memphis as the site of the relocated cooking plant due to its proximity to Springfield and other nearby company facilities, as well as its skilled labor pool, central location, and excellent logistics, which will improve access to key markets, customers and suppliers.
The new plant will produce Electrolux, Electrolux Icon and Frigidaire brand built-in and specialty products including drop-in/slide-in ranges, wall ovens, specialty freestanding ranges, and cooktops. The factory, located in Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, will employ more than 1,200 workers when it becomes fully operational in 2014.
“With the addition of [these facilities], Tennessee will become the North American Center of Excellence for Electrolux cooking product development and manufacturing,” said Jack Truong, president/ CEO of EMA-NA. “The state of Tennessee has been very supportive of Electrolux over the years and we appreciate their continued support.”
EMA-NA is the second-largest employer among manufacturing sites in Tennessee. The company had 52,000 employees across the U.S. and posted domestic sales of $14.7 billion last year.