Electrolux opened a new North American research and development center at its Anderson, SC refrigerator products manufacturing plant.
The 43,000 square-foot R&D lab houses 10 new test chambers that can test 40 refrigerators at one time.
The project's $6.3 million investment from Electrolux is part of its 2011 commitment to invest $45 million over five years in its local operation. This investment ensures the facility will remain competitive in the global market place.
"With the addition of this cold technology center, Electrolux is able to not only make our business more competitive, but also continue to grow it," said Electrolux Major Appliances North America President and CEO Jack Truong. "A center like this supports the nearly 1,900 jobs we have at the plant and positions the business to thrive in the future."
As part of the announcement, Electrolux is making a five-year commitment for the creation and support of an Advanced Placement Science class at Crescent High School, where many children of Electrolux employees attend. The commitment will cover the school's start-up costs and annual needs, estimated to be approximately $100,000. Beginning this school year, the inaugural class is AP Biology. Additional advanced placement science courses will be added in the future.
Opened in 1988, the Anderson plant is the largest producer of top-mount refrigerators in North America. The plant produces 15-cubic-foot, 17-cubic-foot, and 18-cubic-foot top mount refrigerators. The facility also manufactures under-the-counter refrigerator models and wine coolers. The factory has produced more than 25 million products since opening.
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