Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and LG Electronics officials announced April 14 the world-leading home appliance manufacturer will expand its Clarksville operations.
To help meet the unprecedented U.S. demand for its top-rated washing machines, LG plans to increase production by investing an additional $20.5 million to add another shift for manufacturing. Higher production is expected to 334 new jobs, which will bring total LG Clarksville employment to about 1,000 this year.
“American consumers love LG washers from Tennessee, as seen by in the double-digit percentage growth in sales over the past year,” said Thomas Yoon, president and CEO of LG Electronics North America. “The production expansion in Clarksville will help us meet the unprecedented demand for our top-rated washing machines across the country.”
LG announced in early 2017 that Montgomery County would be home to its first washing machine manufacturing operation in the U.S. Completed in 2018, the 1 million-square-foot facility is believed to be the world’s most advanced integrated washing machine plant.
“LG is proud to call Middle Tennessee our home, and all of us working in Clarksville take special pride in building the most-awarded washers on the U.S. market,” said LG Tennessee president Antony Jung. “More washing machines mean more jobs and positive economic impact on our community.”
The $360 million smart factory currently has the capacity to produce more than 1 million front- and top-load washers per year. Integrated production operations that support assembly include metal fabrication, plastic injection molding and painting.
“We are grateful LG chose our community as the place to manufacture their high-quality washing machines with some of the best employees in the world,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. “This decision by LG to invest an additional $20.5 million in their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and add an additional 334 jobs just shows that ‘Life’s Good’ in Montgomery County.”
Complementing the factory’s skilled workforce are hundreds of robots used in the material handling, parts production, sub-assembly and final assembly processes.
LG Electronics USA is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., a $56 billion of Tennessee’s top sources of direct foreign investment. Korean companies, including LG, invested nearly $1.5 billion in private capital in the state and employ more than 4,500 Tennesseans.
“LG established operations in Clarksville four years ago and has since provided great value and investment for the community,” said Lee. “I thank the LG team for choosing to grow in Tennessee, creating more than 300 new jobs in Montgomery County. We are proud to have such a respected brand call our state home.”
Hiring is underway. Those interested can learn more and apply at lg.dejobs.org/clarksville/tennessee/usa/jobs.
“We continue to focus on recruiting top projects from around the world. By investing in a broader international footprint, we are ensuring that Tennessee is deeply rooted in the global economy,” said Rolfe. “We congratulate LG on this expansion and are grateful for the company’s continued investment and job creation in Tennessee.”
In the last five years, TNECD supported six economic development projects in Montgomery County, which resulted in about 2,100 job commitments and $670 million in capital investment.