Augusta losing Electrolux HQ

Another corporate headquarters is leaving Augusta.

Electrolux today announced it will consolidate several of its American corporate office operations and support functions into a single location.

The appliance maker is still selecting that location.

It will announce its decision before the end of the year.

Electrolux employs 350 people in its Major Appliances North American headquarters on Bobby Jones Expressway, said company spokesman Tony Evans.

Consolidation will begin in summer 2010.

“Our current locations are grounded primarily in our growth through acquisitions, not on strategic business decisions. I’m excited that our different business sectors and support functions will work under one roof,” Hans Straberg, president and CEO of Electrolux Group, said in a statement.

Electrolux is consolidating its international sales office in Pittsburgh, American sales office in Huntersville, N.C., the holding company office in Cleveland, financial support offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Tenn., and a design center in Anderson, S.C.

Mr. Evans said the new office should employ 700 people.

Mr. Evans said other Electrolux entities in the U.S. will move their corporate office operations and support functions to the new headquarters, but the timing of additional moves hasn’t been determined.

Even if the headquarters moves from Augusta, there will still be 215 people employed here in the company’s customer care call center, Mr. Evans said.

Electrolux located in Augusta in 1987.

Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc., which was a spinoff from Electrolux, announced in August that it was moving its headquarters out of Augusta to Charlotte. That relocation, and loss of 100 jobs, should be complete by the summer of 2010.

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