Monday, October 27, 2003
Governor Working with Company, MEDC and Community to Preserve 2,700 Jobs
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said today that she is committed to an aggressive effort to save more than 2,700 jobs in Greenville after Electrolux announced Thursday that it is considering moving its refrigerator manufacturing operations to Mexico.
“The state has supported Electrolux’s expansion in Greenville for more than a decade,” Granholm said. “We refuse to simply let this valuable business customer move south of the border without a fight. I will work closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Greenville city officials, labor leaders and other partners to create a plan to help preserve these important jobs.”
Last Thursday, the Governor had a discussion with Electrolux President Keith McLoughlin in regard to cost issues and economic factors that are causing the company to consider moving out of Michigan. Based on that conversation, the Governor has directed the MEDC to develop a specialized incentive package to help narrow the cost differential between Greenville and Mexico.
Over the past 12 years, the state of Michigan has committed $8.7 million for infrastructure improvements and job training programs to assist the company’s growth in Greenville.
The potential closure of the Greenville facility would affect 2,700 Electrolux workers, in addition to thousands of indirect jobs supported by the company’s operations.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.
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