Charlotte gives Electrolux, Husqvarna incentives

Grants awarded for relocations from Augusta

Relocation plans of two major companies with Augusta headquarters are progressing after the approval Tuesday of economic incentive packages from local governing boards in Charlotte, N.C.


Swedish-based appliance maker Electrolux will receive about $1.28 million over the next five years from a combined award from the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, while Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc. will receive about $241,700 over the next five years, said Melissa Johnson, the deputy city clerk for Charlotte.

North Carolina also is giving Electrolux a $1.2 million grant from the state's One North Carolina Fund.

Both companies announced plans to relocate from Augusta to Charlotte last year. They will have to pay back the grants if they move from Charlotte within five years.

Calls seeking comment from Husqvarna and Electrolux were not immediately returned.

Husqvarna, which makes lawn mowers, chain saws and other garden equipment, was spun off from Electrolux in 2006. The company has previously said its move should be complete by this summer. It employed about 100 people at its Stevens Creek Road facility.

Electrolux is consolidating seven of its U.S. offices into one location. That included the move of its Major Appliances North America headquarters in Martinez and will result in the loss of about 315 jobs.

The company's customer service center on Bobby Jones Expressway will remain in Augusta.