Electrolux plans to expand its North American headquarters, their second expansion at this location in three years, and will be adding 810 new local jobs as a result.
The new jobs are in the areas of research and development, marketing, design, engineering, supply chain, finance, IT and executive management, and will be added by the end of 2017.
Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America, was joined by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, together with state and local officials, community leaders and Electrolux employees, to celebrate the announcement as a major milestone in the company’s growth.
“Electrolux is committed to bringing innovative solutions to consumers and to advanced manufacturing,” said Truong. "As a leader in appliance R&D, innovation and beautiful design, we’re excited about what this new expansion means for the future of our business and that our continued investment in Charlotte will help bring jobs and drive economic growth.”
Electrolux will invest $85 million in the development of a second building adjacent to the existing headquarters. Features of the new six-floor, 375,000-sq.-ft. building will include LEED certification, solar panels, a roof garden and a courtyard.
“The $85 million investment will have an immediate impact on the local economy — beginning in January — as we engage local architects, designers and construction-related vendors and will last throughout the next two years as we build our second facility,” added Truong.
The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee voted to award a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) to Electrolux in support of the project. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements.
“We’re proud to partner with Electrolux to help them bring more high-paying STEM jobs to North Carolina,” said Gov. McCrory. “This announcement helps solidify our position as a state with a skilled workforce and strong business climate, and a place where global companies operate their North American headquarters with much success.”
Electrolux’s total employment in N.C. is nearly 1,500 and the company’s presence puts approximately $150 million into the state’s annual economy from payroll and the purchase of goods and services. In Charlotte, the company now has 760 employees and 145 contractors.