LG celebrates opening of first US washing machine plant in Clarksville, Tennessee

LG's new smart washing machine factory, equipped with state-of-the-art automation, robotics, and engineered systems integration, employs 550 skilled employees who assemble top- and front-load washing machines. / Photo by Josh Vaughn, courtesy of LG-One
photo (From left to right): LG Tennessee employee Charlie Lonergan, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, Ju Han LG Global Production Center, U.S. Rep. Mark Green, President & CEO of LG Electronics North America William Cho, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, President of the LG Home Appliance and Air Solutions Company Dan Song, South Korean Consul General Young-jun Kim, Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and LG Tennessee President Untae Kim, cut the ribbon for LG Electronics' new $360-million washing machine factory in Clarksville, Tennessee. / Photo by Josh Vaughn, courtesy of LG-One

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - LG Electronics Inc. has officially unveiled its first washing machine plant in the United States.

Company and local officials gathered Wednesday in Clarksville, Tennessee, to celebrate the South Korean appliance manufacturer's 1 million-square-foot (92,900-square meter) facility.

photo LG's new washing machine factory in Clarksville, Tennessee, is capable of producing more than one million units per year. / Photo by Josh Vaughn, courtesy of LG-One

Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Mark Green, Gov. Bill Lee, Economic Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and South Korean Consul General Kim Young-jun were in attendance.

Lee called the plant one of the most impressive in the state.

The $360 million facility has hired 550 employees and expects to hire as many as 700. Located about 50 miles northwest of Nashville, the site was selected after a national search in 2011. The 310-acre site offers the potential to expand for production of other home appliances.

The LG plant will be near a new Google data center on the former Hemlock Semiconductor site that was shuttered in 2013.

photo LG Electronics unveiled its new million-square-foot washing machine facility in Clarksville, Tennessee, on May 29, 2019. / Photo by Josh Vaughn, courtesy of LG-One