(WMC-TV) - With a toss of the soil, kitchen appliance giant Electrolux broke ground at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park Wednesday morning.
"The state of the art manufacturing facility that we will build on this site is very important to Electrolux Company," said teh company's president and CEO, Jack Truong.
Truong and several Memphis-area and state politicians attended the groundbreaking for the $190 million plant.
The factory will make ranges, wall ovens and cooktops and is to begin operating in 2014. It is expected to employ 1,200 people.
The momentous occasion drew the likes of Tennessee Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey, who made a promise:
"We're committed to help you bring suppliers to this area so that Electrolux has a better chance of success," he said.
Senator Mark Norris said sealing the deal to bring the factory to the Mid-South was a coordinated effort.
"No one can say that the State of Tennessee, Memphis and Shelby County failed to pull in the same direction," Norris said. "No one can say that West Tennessee was overlooked."
Both the Memphis and Shelby County mayors said the factory, which will crank out more than 700 thousand ovens per year, will have an incredible impact on the local economy.
"People in America, right here in Memphis, are getting ready to go to work," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said.
"We have inquiries today about economic development opportunities that we didn't have a year ago," Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell added. "That speaks well for our community."
Truong says the company chose Memphis over other cities because of its role as a transportation center and "a commitment on the part of both the public sector and the private sector."