Electrolux was founded in 1919 in Sweden when two companies, Lux AB and Svenska Elektron AB, merged to form one company. Svenska Elektron AB was a younger company which manufactured vacuum cleaners and parts. It is this division which has become the mainstay of Electrolux.
The company makes a wide range of home appliances and cleaning products including washing machines, clothes dryers, vacuums, microwave ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and air conditioning units. In addition to the Electrolux name, the company markets products under the names Frigidaire, Eureka, Philco, Gibson, Tappan, and White-Westinghouse in the USA.
In September 2003, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission resolved a complaint that Muslim workers at the St. Cloud, Minnesota, factory were not allowed a sufficient number of breaks to observe their daily prayers. Again in 2010 and 2011, complaints against the company were filed by Muslim workers at the plant inSt. Cloud that workers were not able to observe Ramadan. This complaint was resolved by the USEEOC. The complaint of 2011 stems from the former 30-minute breaks, which were agreed to in 2010, were later reduced to twenty minutes by Electrolux. This complaint was also resolved.
Electrolux has numerous factories in the United States, including Charlotte, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, and Anderson, South Carolina. Headquarters in the US are located in Augusta, Georgia.