Electrolux North America announced that it has recently begun production on its first Memphis-made home cooking appliances. The inaugural products produced at the Memphis facility, the Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges, rolled off the assembly line, were crated and loaded onto trucks for warehousing and retail distribution throughout the United States. This marks the culmination of a two-year construction effort of the $266 million dollar, state-of-the-art facility. In addition to the two ranges, the plant will ultimately produce a variety of signature items, including Electrolux, Electrolux ICON and Frigidaire built-in and specialty cooking products, wall ovens and specialty freestanding ranges. The highly automated plant also features a reliability lab that allows the company to simulate a product’s lifetime usage and performance expectations. The lab can test up to 380 cooking products simultaneously. “We produce one out of every three ovens sold in the U.S”, said Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America. “Electrolux is committed to U.S. manufacturing and driving innovation. Today we tie together advanced manufacturing systems, visionary planning and a collaborative public-private partnership. The new facility is efficient in its automation, but also relies on our skilled teammates to create our high-quality products”, he said. The Memphis plant has hired approximately 500 employees in manufacturing, engineering, supply-chain management, finance and operations management and will eventually employ 1,200 people over the course of the next five years as it reaches full production.