Charlotte council approves incentives for Electrolux, Husqvarna

Both companies moving headquarters from Augusta

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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, 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 last year in favor of Charlotte.

They will have to pay back the grants if they move from Charlotte before five years.

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 has employed about 100 people at its Stevens Creek 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.

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Dixieman 02/10/10 - 04:58 pm
Charlotte is Augusta's "could

Charlotte is Augusta's "could have been" alternate reality...if only we had some decent politicians.

LEO1997 02/10/10 - 05:02 pm
Is there such thing as a

Is there such thing as a decent politician?

Martinez 02/11/10 - 06:41 am
Why would the Augusta

Why would the Augusta politicians offer incentive money to either? Neither was willing to invest in building a permanent facility here in Augusta. Yes 415 jobs will be lost - better to lose them now then to give them millions in incentive only to lose them 1 or 2 years from now. That money will be better spent attracting or keeping a business that is going to fully invest in the local community long term.

imdstuf 02/13/10 - 07:09 pm
It is not all current

It is not all current politics. Past politics and other factors that have kept us from developing a true airport before other cities could make theirs bigger hurt. Though we have some local universities putting out college students, I doubt we have as many graduates living around her per capita as other metro areas. We are just behind in most ways, whether it be infrastructure, education or dropping the BS bible thumping mentality.

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