Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Friday that Electrolux will expand its headquarters in Charlotte.
The company plans to create an additional 810 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017 and invest $85 million in its Mecklenburg County location. The expansion calls for new construction of a second building adjacent to the existing headquarters and will feature LEED certification, solar panels, a roof garden and a courtyard.
“We’re proud to partner with Electrolux to help them bring more high-paying STEM jobs to North Carolina,” said 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.”
The project was made possible in part by an award from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. The city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are also participating in the project with a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Business Investment Grant.
The new facility will be home to much of the company’s research and development activities as well as marketing, design, engineering, supply chain, finance, IT and executive management. The company currently employs nearly 1,500 people in North Carolina, including approximately 760 at its current headquarters in Charlotte. The others are employed at a manufacturing facility in Kinston and a national parts distribution center in Asheville.
“Electrolux is committed to bringing innovative solutions to consumers and advanced manufacturing,” said Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America. “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. 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,” said Truong.
“We are excited that Electrolux has chosen to expand its presence in Charlotte,” said Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber. “Since relocating its headquarters to Charlotte in 2010, the company has become a leading corporate citizen in the community. We celebrate Electrolux’s commitment to Charlotte-Mecklenburg through these additional new jobs and capital investment.”