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SOUTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Four years ago the area known as the Frank Pidgeon Industrial Park on Mud Island amounted to grass and trees. But, rising from scratch the new Electrolux plant has not only come to fruition it is on the road to thriving.

On the often "slippery slope" of private-public business partnerships, a promise made can sadly end up as a promise broken. Thankfully, the Electrolux company's latest slogan is successfully turning out to be more than just hollow words to Memphians.

"What's your investment in equipment here?," asked Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

"We spent over $90 million here, in equipment."

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With a roster of local and state leaders and the media, donning some neat protective glasses, Jack Truong, the North American president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances, personally conducted a tour of the 750,0000-square-foot plant to celebrate the official grand opening of the company's $266 million state-of-the-art facility.
 
Visitors were openly in awe of the "bells and whistles" machinery, including robotics equipment, which buzzed and whirred with the high-priced efficiency needed to produce product lines of refrigerators, dishwashers and cooking utensils that have placed Electrolux at the top of its industry, reaping $17 billion in sales worldwide in 2012.

The Memphis plant figures to add to those earnings.

"Memphis together with our sister plant in Springfield, Tenn., produce one out of every three ovens shipped in North America," Truong said.

To some of the real technology that brings high paying jobs to the area.

Yet, the most impressive and satisfying part of the tour to local leaders, was seeing more than 500 Memphis employees proudly working assembly lines and operating high tech machinery. For Mayors A C Wharton and Mark Luttrell, who worked to bring Electrolux here, the moment couldn't have been any sweeter.

"The sweetest words any elected official the thing you want to see is 'now hiring' and this is what this is all about," Mayor Wharton said.

"Today's a celebration of what we've accomplished," Shelby County Mayor Luttrell said. "But, I also like to think it's the catalyst for what lies ahead."

"Our team has been engaging with the local universities to make sure that we have the right engineering programs that will supply engineering programs that will supply engineers for us today, as well as for tomorrow," Truong said.

As my grandpa used to say, when everything's going right, "it's like cooking with gas on the front burner.

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