Electrolux Announces Plans to Relocate HQ To Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Swedish appliance maker Electrolux will move its North American headquarters from Georgia and consolidate hundreds of white-collar jobs in Charlotte, the company and Gov. Beverly Perdue said Wednesday.
The move would bring about 740 jobs to Charlotte. In return, the company could receive tax breaks and direct grants worth up to $30 million.
Electrolux is best known for making vacuum cleaners, washers and dryers, and kitchen appliances for home and commercial uses. It employs about 650 at a dishwasher manufacturing plant in Kinston, 180 miles east of Charlotte, and at a sales office in suburban Huntersville.
Electrolux employs about 315 people in its North American headquarters in Augusta, Ga. A customer service call center with 100 full-time workers will stay in Augusta.
Other offices affected by the consolidation are an international sales office in Pittsburgh, the holding company office in Cleveland, financial support offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Tenn., a design center in Anderson, S.C., and the Huntersville office, the newspaper reported.
Stockholm-based parent company Electrolux AB said in October it increased profits by 93 percent in the third quarter after raising prices on its products and slashing costs. The company said in October it would close a plant in Spain and two others in Iowa, cutting 1,300 jobs.
The company employed 8,000 in the U.S. in 2008 out of a worldwide work force of 55,000.