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Chamber Communications intern Samantha Garcia has been hard at work in the Communications and Programming department learning the ropes and helping with projects and events. This week, she blogs about all she's experienced in the busy September month, what's in the works, and how she thinks it will impact Memphis' economic future.

In September, the Chamber invited local business and civic leaders to tour two of the most exciting industrial project sites in Memphis: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. and Electrolux. The tour began with a brief welcome by Chamber President & CEO John Moore.  Moore asked the attendees, “How does Memphis attract these large manufacturing projects?” and answered proudly, “With our world class port, railroads, roadways and airport, these companies will be able to ship their products to any consumer in the world for 20 dollars less per unit.”  Obviously, Memphis gives companies a great competitive advantage.

Memphis’ modes of transportation are enormously important to companies shopping for large industrial sites.  Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President of Community Development, said, “Over 700 million dollars have been invested in Memphis because of our railroads alone.”  Memphis is one of the only cities in the country that has obtained eight new manufacturing projects in the past 24 months.

After the initial presentations, the tour began its rounds of the two new industrial sites located within Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.  According to John Moore, the construction projects are coming along well and exceeding expectations.

The first stop on the tour was Mitsubishi’s new transformer plant, which takes up 100 acres and has incurred an incredible 250,000 hours of labors to build the site to date.  At 130 feet tall, the 13 story building contains 8,000 tons of steel and 30,000 cubic yards of concrete.  To claim the building is large is an understatement!  Their start-up date is on schedule for April 1st 2013 and they have plans to hire up to almost 300 Memphians once fully operational. Mitsubishi cuts no corners for their employees; the facility includes a gym and ample office space.

Local business & civic leaders tour the MEPPI facility where transformers will be manufactured.  Photo by Christina Meek.

Next stop, Electrolux!  This building is closer to completion (75-80% done) and will eventually produce multiple lines of cooking products.  Single wall, slide-in, and even double wall ovens will be produced by the name brands Electrolux, Frigidaire, and Kenmore.  The 750,000 square foot building will manufacture 600,000 units per year at full production. The site has called for 300 construction jobs initially and when completed will employ 600 at peak production.  Eventually they will have employed around 1,200 jobs.  This doesn’t even include the local vendors and suppliers that will benefit from the project!

The construction for the Electrolux facility is 75% finished.  Photo by Christina Meek.

That same week, Greater Memphis Chamber leaders Mark Herbison, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, and Ernest Strickland, Director of Economic Development, visited Osaka, Japan in order to further economic development with foreign companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical and Sharp.  Sharp has been a part of the Memphis business scene for 30 years, while Mitsubishi Chemical operates one of the largest rayon manufacturing facilities in the world out of Memphis.  The tour really helped open my eyes to the superb work the Greater Memphis Chamber is doing in promoting our community, and makes me even more proud to call myself an intern here.

Chamber leaders, along with Mayor Luttrell and state officials meet with Mitsubishi Chemical in Japan. 

A meeting with Sharp in Japan. 

Business relations and prospects have never looked better for Memphis!

-Samantha Garcia, Communications Intern
Posted: 9/19/2012 3:55:37 PM | with 3 comments
Filed under: business, chamber, development, economic, international, memphis

Kathy Garcia
Very professional and well written.
9/29/2012 7:05:17 AM

David Garcia
Great Article
9/22/2012 12:45:29 AM

Jet and Lisa Taylor
Great Job Samantha!
9/21/2012 7:49:48 PM

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