Electrolux relocating Augusta office to Charlotte

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 12:32 PM
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Electrolux today announced that it selected Charlotte, N.C., as the location for its new consolidated North American headquarters.

About 315 members of the Electrolux major appliances North America Headquarters in Martinez will move to Charlotte beginning in the summer.

Electrolux is leaving its customer service center in Augusta.

The Swedish-based appliance manufacturer said in November that it was consolidating seven of its offices into one location.

Electrolux could get $26 million in incentives from North Carolina for locating its new North American headquarters in Charlotte.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said Electrolux expects to create a minimum of 738 jobs over the next five years. The new jobs will result in an overall annual payroll in excess of $60 million a year.

The company is getting a $1.2 million grant from the state’s One North Carolina Fund, a fund used to assist in industrial recruitment and expansion, according to the governor’s office.

In addition, the state’s Economic Investment Committee voted Wednesday to award a Job Development Investment Grant to Electrolux.

Under the terms of that program, the company is eligible to receive a grant equal to 75 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes derived from the creation of new jobs for each of the 12 years. If Electrolux meets the targets and sustains them for 12 years, it could yield as much as $24.8 million to benefit the company.

Over time, the company expects to employ more than 700 people in Charlotte when the move is completed.

The new headquarters will be located at 10200 David Taylor Drive in the University Area of northeast Charlotte.

“Working together as one team, under one roof, allows us to take advantage of synergies and improve coordination among these related businesses and functional areas,” explained Hans Straberg, president and CEO of Electrolux Group, based in Stockholm.

Electrolux already has its American sales office north of Charlotte, in Huntersville, N.C., which was named as part of the consolidation. Other offices affected by the consolidation are an international sales office in Pittsburgh, the holding company office in Cleveland, financial support offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Tenn., and a design center in Anderson, S.C.

“Charlotte is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in which to live and work in the U.S., and it provides great access to road, rail and air transportation. Charlotte is also a center for business, finance and technology, and the educational and housing resources in the area are outstanding, as are the cultural, recreational and sports activities,” said Kevin Scott, president & CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America.

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 move will be completed in the summer.

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resident
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resident 12/16/09 - 01:55 pm
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Way to go Augusta. Chasse

Way to go Augusta. Chasse another opportunity away.!!!!!!!!!!!!

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 12/16/09 - 02:01 pm
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A lot of companies have

A lot of companies have chosen Charlotte over Augusta. One of the big reasons is the airports. Augusta is VERY expensive to fly in and out of. Charlotte offers legitimate flights to somewhere other than Atlanta.

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grinder48 12/16/09 - 02:13 pm
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Yep about the airport, and
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Yep about the airport, and more times than not, the connecting flight to or from Augusta will be late and they will have lost your luggage. Can't believe Augusta let 315 better jobs slip away after they were already here ... that's far worse than not being able to entice a company to bring jobs here in the first place. And to make it worse, "Over time, the company expects to employ more than 700 people in Charlotte". Wouldn't be at all suprised if the ridiculous small town political bickering here played a part in Electrolux deciding to get the heck out ...

Tim Rausch
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Tim Rausch 12/16/09 - 02:27 pm
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I don't think it is airports

I don't think it is airports and small city politics. If you read, you'll see that North Carolina gave them $10 million.

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Brad Owens 12/16/09 - 02:27 pm
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Surprised anyone?

Surprised anyone?

concernednative
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concernednative 12/16/09 - 02:44 pm
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I worked there before, If

I worked there before, If they are leaving customer service behind those are pretty much all six figure jobs that are leaving. Since almost all their executives live and West Lake and Jones Creek if you are looking for a home there you could probably get a good deal.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/16/09 - 04:24 pm
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don't worry, the cnty will

don't worry, the cnty will make up to loss tax revenue by charging "tax'em fred" raise the mill rate, then attempt to sell it by standing in front of the police/fire station(s) making a statement that without the tax increase it is possible that the police/firemen will not respond when called...he will then "poo poo" the amount of the increase(whatever it is) by saying it will only come out to be the cost of a "good Haircut"......

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Just My Opinion 12/16/09 - 04:44 pm
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I think the move is due to a

I think the move is due to a combination of things...the airport AND the $10 mil being 2 big ones. Who's to say that the customer center won't eventually also move to Charlotte, since the company is big on consolidation..why not take that part with them also? Maybe they're just appeasing the city of Augusta for now, until the company gets their ducks in a row before moving customer service. Hope it doesn't happen.

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naturehazard 12/16/09 - 04:46 pm
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The company is located in

The company is located in Columbia county. It's in the Martinez part of CC. It's not in the city of Augusta.

blues550
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blues550 12/16/09 - 06:07 pm
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Columbia County lost, not
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Columbia County lost, not Augusta and not because of anything we have done wrong here. As for the airport they must be doing something good, they've had their best year in quite a while.

While it is a loss this i not a company that had long, deep roots here.

We are strongenough that nothing more than a ripple will be felt.

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TrukinRanger 12/16/09 - 07:46 pm
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Maybe we need more
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Maybe we need more flights/airlines into Augusta. Perhaps Soul Plane could come here. It would match the demographics.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 12/16/09 - 10:28 pm
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Truckin....I have friends who

Truckin....I have friends who worked for Delta Corporate in Atlanta and they always referred to the Augusta route as Soul Plane.

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Pu239 12/16/09 - 10:48 pm
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Put parking meters in the
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Put parking meters in the Electrolux parking lot........take a trolley to the Savannah Rapids Pavillion, ride the canal boat to downtown, catch another trolley to Broad, eat lunch, shop, etc., trolley back to canal, canal boat back to headgates (Justus on towpath), trolley to parking lot. Did I leave out anything?

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sbh1024 12/17/09 - 12:58 am
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The customer service center

The customer service center will either be relocated later to gain additional funds from Charlotte and NC or will offer the state of Georgia the opportunity to pay to keep those jobs here. Face reality, a corporate headquarters will only stay as long as the top execs want to be there. Some other locality will always offer money to gain those jobs. There was a company that moved from Charlotte to nearby SC for incentive money. Once they satisfied the conditions for that incentive, they moved to Mississippi because the CEO and his wife were from there and wanted to move home.

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SMN 12/17/09 - 04:49 pm
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Charlotte picked up 738 jobs

Charlotte picked up 738 jobs from this HQ relocation. Largest relocation to CLT in 25 years. Would have been nice to pick up those high paying jobs. Oh, well. Look on the bright side. AGS kept the call center jobs! LOL!!

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Discussionstarter 12/17/09 - 07:56 pm
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All the recent economic

All the recent economic rankings about the City of Augusta did not help. Charlotte is not perfect... but Augusta and the CSRA have alot of cleaning up to do. To be fair... Columbia County has to share in this blame also. Issues: crime / tax rate / airline costs / cleaniness / the lack of progressive leadership, etc.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 12/17/09 - 08:08 pm
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The company is located in

The company is located in columbia county. I don't see what this have to do with the city of Augusta. After reading some of the comments on here in the last two days. Some people just want to blame the city of Augusta for anything. Even when a company who is located in another county leaves. I haven't heard one thing about Columbia county. Why didn't our leaders in CC do more to keep them here.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 12/17/09 - 08:11 pm
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Where was the leadership in

Where was the leadership in Columbia county?

imdstuf
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imdstuf 12/17/09 - 08:58 pm
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I think the only reason the

I think the only reason the customer service stays is no on in Charlotte would work for as dirt cheap as people here. We accept dirt so we keep getting offered dirt. Meanwhile every where else progresses. Our city likes to build stupid things based on studies comparing us to such larger cities as Charlotte though.

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Roeschen 12/18/09 - 04:28 am
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Personally, if I had the

Personally, if I had the choice, I would much rather live in Charlotte than in Augusta or the surrounding area. Charlotte is a much friendlier city and there is more to do. What is here? A bunch of clowns still bickering about race and a very expensive airport. Augusta cannot even keep malls open due to the thugs that hang out in them. As for entertainment - the Bell Auditorium gets a few class acts while the civic center does what? I am sure the people who will be moving are happy.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/22/10 - 11:10 pm
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The Charlotte airport just

The Charlotte airport just opened up a 3rd runway and has added direct flights to Brazil and Japan.

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