It was a great day for Memphis and the Mid-South as Electrolux broke ground on their $200 million manufacturing facility in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park Wednesday morning. It's been more than a year in the making, and the big news was jobs and lots of them.
Under the big tent in the middle of the Electrolux site, it was a who's who of politicians from across the state that helped this big deal come to life.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, announced a new beginning for an old park where Electrolux plans on employing more than 1,200 people.
"It's not merely ground breaking in but it's giving birth to a new spirit, a new way of doing business in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee," said Wharton.
Luttrell added, "I'm excited about the addition that you have made to our family and you are a part of our Shelby County family."
Jack Truong, President and CEO of Electrolux North America, says construction will start before the end of the year and the $200-million facility will be complete in 2014.
"The state of the art manufacturing facility that we will build on this site is very important to Electrolux Company."
To accomplish that goal, they are hiring to fill those positions right here in the Memphis metro area. In addition to the 1,200 jobs being created, they're also projecting more than 2,000 supplier jobs to be created as well.
"We're hiring now," said Caryn Klebba with Electrolux. "There's a number of direct positions with Electrolux as well in relation to the project work here."
Klebba said the average job with Electrolux will pay just under $15 an hour, not including benefits, and they are already in the process of looking for the right Mid-Southerners for the jobs.
"A big draw for us was the talent base that we see here, a pool of good candidates - we believe the majority of employees will come from local Memphis."