Electrolux to Build New Factory in Memphis

Dec. 16, 2010
Appliance manufacturer will shift production from its Quebec facility to the Memphis plant.

Electrolux, a Stockholm, Sweden-based appliance manufacturer, said it has selected Memphis, Tenn., as the site of its new North American Cooking Products manufacturing center.

Construction of the 700,000-square-foot facility, which will make the company's Electrolux, Electrolux ICON and Frigidaire built-in and specialty cooking products, will begin in early 2011, according to the company.

Electrolux will shift production from its factory in l'Assomption, Quebec, Canada, to the new Memphis facility starting in mid-2012. The company announced this week that it will close the l'Assomption plant in 2013.

"We are very pleased to have found a great location for our new manufacturing center," said Kevin Scott, president, Electrolux Major Appliances-North America. "Important decisions like this are never easy, but this one became very clear-cut for Electrolux because of the extensive support we received from state, city and county elected officials and governing bodies."

The $190 million project "is subject to necessary government approvals including, but not limited to, payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement," the company noted in a press release.

Why Memphis Made Sense

Electrolux, which has its North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., said it "conducted a comprehensive study of potential locations for the new manufacturing center, and Memphis emerged the clear winner based on several key factors."

The factors that made Memphis the top choice were its lower cost structure; skilled labor pool; and central location and "excellent logistics," according to the company.

The location also offers "synergies with other plants," particularly Electrolux's Cooking Products plant in Springfield, Tenn., where the company produces freestanding gas and electric ranges. The Springfield plant, which employs about 2,900 people, is the home of the Electrolux Cooking Technology Center for North America.

"Locating this Electrolux cooking products plant in Memphis will strengthen the company's position in North America," Scott said. "The company is the largest manufacturer of cooking products sold in the United States and Canada, and we are widely recognized for innovations based on deep consumer insights. The new plant will bring innovative new generations of products and designs to meet consumer needs and desires."

The plant, which will employ more than 1,200 people when fully operational, will be located in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in Memphis. Electrolux intends to design and construct the facility for LEED certification.

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Josh Cable | Former Senior Editor

Former Senior Editor Josh Cable covered innovation issues -- including trends and best practices in R&D, process improvement and product development. He also reported on the best practices of the most successful companies and executives in the world of transportation manufacturing, which encompasses the aerospace, automotive, rail and shipbuilding sectors. 

Josh also led the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame, IW’s annual tribute to the most influential executives and thought leaders in U.S. manufacturing history.

Before joining IndustryWeek, Josh was the editor-in-chief of Penton Media’s Government Product News and Government Procurement. He also was an award-winning beat reporter for several small newspapers in Northeast Ohio.

Josh received his BFA in creative writing from Bowling Green University, and continued his professional development through course-work at Ohio University and Cuyahoga Community College.

A lifelong resident of the Buckeye State, Josh currently lives in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. When the weather cooperates, you’ll find him riding his bike to work, exercising his green thumb in the backyard or playing ultimate Frisbee.  

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