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Electrolux to move R&D Center, jobs to Charlotte

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Electrolux plans to relocate its North American laundry products research and development center to Charlotte.

The move was announced Tuesday, in a press release from the company. With the center comes 80 jobs, growing the company's local employment to more than 800. The new positions will include engineering, product design, and testing.

Just last month, Electrolux announced it beat its job growth commitment with 65% growth (read here) since moving its North American headquarters to Charlotte.

Currently, the R&D Center is located in Webster City, Iowa. Product design and testing will be discontinued at the company's Webster City, Iowa facility in the third quarter of 2013.

According to the press release, the latest move signals a commitment from the company "to further product innovation in its fabric care business and builds on the design, testing and marketing capabilities that already exist in its Charlotte-based North American headquarters."

"Electrolux is driving a strong pace of new product innovation to continually create consumer value," said Chris Harris, vice president of Laundry and Dish Care Products, Electrolux Major Appliances North America.  "We are increasing our R&D investment, moving closer to major science, engineering and technology universities and leveraging on the state-of-the-art research facilities that we already have in Charlotte."  

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