It is not often appliances get an ovation, but it happened Thursday in uptown where Governor Beverly Perdue announced appliance-maker Electrolux is moving it’s North American headquarters to Charlotte.
Electrolux said its move will bring 738 jobs to Charlotte, but they will come over time. A first wave, led by CEO Kevin Scott and his senior staff, will begin next summer.
“We’re doing the work now to that first wave to understand our organizational needs and make the decisions around who will be coming and which jobs will be staffed,” said Scott.
Eventually, all front office jobs will be moved to Charlotte, including finance support from Columbus, Ohio, sales jobs from Pittsburgh, and accounts payable operations from Springfield,
Electrolux is not saying how many of those workers will move here, as opposed to local workers being hired, but either way, Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan said the economic impact will be big.
The unsung hero in this may be Charlotte’s airport. With hundreds of flights and expanding international service, Electrolux said it was a deal maker for them.
The state of North Carolina is kicking in about ten million dollars in an incentive package that helped Charlotte win this recruiting battle.
Electrolux said it will start posting job openings on its website at the end of the first quarter of next year.