The Latest Mayor disappointed with Electrolux plant closing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Latest on Swedish appliance maker Electrolux closing factory in Memphis, Tennessee: plant (all times local):3:50 p.m.The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, says he is disappointed with the decision by appliance maker Electrolux to close its factory there.The Swedish company said Thursday it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory within two years while investing $250 million in a separate facility in Springfield, Tennessee.Memphis, Shelby County and the state of Tennessee committed about $150 million in financial incentives to Electrolux to build the factory, which opened in 2014.Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he heard about the announcement in a news release “after being told a month ago that the plant wasn’t closing.” He says the decision to close the plant is “disappointing to say the very least.”Strickland says the local and state governments’ investment in Electrolux was “unprecedented.”Strickland says he is meeting with Electrolux officials Friday.___12:56 p.m.Swedish appliance maker Electrolux says it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory while investing $250 million in a separate facility in the state.The Stockholm-based maker of Frigidaire products said Thursday that it is consolidating all U.S. cooking manufacturing into its facility in Springfield, Tennessee. The company said in March that it was putting its plant expansion in Springfield on hold, citing President Donald Trump’s tariff announcement as the reason.Springfield is about 30 miles (about 50 kilometres) north of Nashville.Electrolux said production at the Memphis facility is expected to continue through 2020. Buttressed by $150 million in tax incentives, the company opened its Memphis factory in 2014 with the goal of producing 600,000 ovens annually while employing 1,200 people. Job cuts have reduced that to 530.The Associated Press read more

Auditions for Brocks new Womens Choir open to the public

Voices from the Brock and wider Niagara community will come together in harmony this fall as the Department of Music launches a new Women’s Choir.The all-female ensemble will be open by audition to Brock students as well as the general public.“I am hoping that this choir brings together women from the University and the Niagara region to offer something very special to our local arts community,” says Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Assistant Professor of Music who will direct the new group.The Women’s Choir will rehearse on Thursday evenings beginning this fall, readying for performances with Brock’s Chamber Choir on Dec. 1 and March 30 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.The department’s established mixed-voice Chamber Choir is also open by audition to all Brock students and staff.Also included among Brock’s choirs, an integral part of the Music program, is the Avanti Chamber Singers. The community-based adult ensemble, also directed by Rensink-Hoff, is the department’s Choir in Residence.“The choirs allow students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the fantastic FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,” says Rensink-Hoff. “My hope is that more students from across campus and members of the public will consider joining us.”To audition, previous singing experience and some ability to read music are required. Students who successfully audition can enrol in choir for academic credit.For more information or to schedule an audition, please visit the Music Department’s website. read more