LG Electronics, based in Englewood Cliffs, has broken ground on a 1 million-square-foot home appliance manufacturing facility in Tennessee, it announced this week.
The $250 million project near Clarksville is scheduled for completion in early 2019, bringing 600 full-time jobs to the region, LG said in a news release.
“We are proud to make further investments in America, to create even more U.S. jobs and to bring state-of-the-art home appliance production technology to the great state of Tennessee,” Dan Song, president of the LG Home Appliance and Air Solutions Co., said in a prepared statement. “We couldn’t have selected a better location for our state-of-the-art facility.”
LG said the factory will be the world’s most advanced production plant for washing machines, with production of front- and top-loading appliances beginning as early as the first quarter of 2019.
The 310-acre site has room for expansion into other production lines, LG added.
Among those participating in the ceremony were U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, South Korean Ambassador to the United States Ho-Young Ahn, as well as state and local officials from Tennessee.
Recently, LG also has announced plans for a factory and an expanded research and development center, both in Michigan. It is also building a new, $300 million North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs that is expected to double its New Jersey headcount from 500 to more than 1,000 by 2019.
LG Electronics is the North American subsidiary of the $48 billion LG Electronics Inc., headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.