Published May 14, 2014
Charlotte-based home appliance manufacturer Electrolux North America plans to invest $30 million over the next two years in its Anderson County refrigerator facility, which has already undergone about $30 million of improvements since 2011.
The investment will add advanced-manufacturing capabilities and expand the 810,000-square-foot facility’s capacity, according to a news release. Situated on 225 acres, the plant has 1,900 full-time employees. According to the company, half of the top-freezer refrigerators shipped in North America are manufactured at the Anderson County plant.
The investment is in addition to a $48 million investment announced in 2011, of which around $30 million has already been invested, according to an Electrolux representative. The 2011 investment — which upgraded the facility with building modifications, new equipment and test facilities — was slated for completion in five years.
The company also opened a new 43,000-square-foot research center in 2012. The $6.3 million lab houses 10 test chambers that can test up to 40 refrigerators at once.
"Our primary focus at Electrolux is on the development of new innovation, based on consumer insight that delivers high-quality products our consumers depend on,” said Electrolux President and CEO Jack Truong in a news release. “We make award-winning products at this plant and our investment will drive future growth while also positively impacting our local base of employees and the communities we call home here in South Carolina.”