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Lawmakers want more local companies building Electrolux plant

The Memphis City Council is upping the ante in the battle to get more local people working on the multi-million dollar Electrolux plant. The Memphis City Council is upping the ante in the battle to get more local people working on the multi-million dollar Electrolux plant.

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis City Council is upping the ante in the battle to get more local people working on the multi-million dollar Electrolux plant.

The council and many others say they're concerned about local and minority participation on this project.

Council members approved the initial deal with Electrolux, paving the way for the Swedish appliance maker's new plant. However, there were never any requirements in regard to local and minority participation.

During a spirited meeting with Mayor A C Wharton Tuesday, some council members suggested freezing incentive payments until Electrolux increases the number of local and minority contractors.

Meanwhile, the mayor remains optimistic the $80 million project won't be jeopardized.

"It is our responsibility to make sure we have a thriving city and some of our decisions we made in the past are now coming back to haunt us," said Council member Wanda Halbert.

"I'm working on the premise that this deal's going work, there's going to be fair participation and if it comes to pass," said Wharton. "We'll deal with default and all of that later."

Wharton and others will meet with Electrolux on January 12 to further discuss lawmakers' concerns.

In a statement to Action News 5 last week, an Electrolux representative said the company was committed to addressing concerns.

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