Press Release

12/11/2008

LG ELECTRONICS USA OPENS TRAINING ACADEMY IN GEORGIA; CONSOLIDATES LOCAL MOBILE PHONE AND APPLIANCE OPERATIONS

New Facility Provides Commercial Air Conditioner Training, Boosts Local Economy

 

New Facility Provides Commercial Air Conditioner Training, Boosts Local Economy

 



ROSWELL, Ga. Dec. 11, 2008 – LG Electronics USA announced the grand opening today of the LG Training Academy in Roswell, Ga., to support LG’s fast-growing commercial air conditioner business. At 16,000 square feet, this state-of-the art facility has the capability to train hundreds of engineers, contractors and technicians each month.

The city of Roswell was a natural choice for LG Electronics USA. The strategic location of the new facility places LG in a position to deliver the best hands-on product training for a region of the country with high demand for commercial air conditioning systems.

The training academy is the centerpiece of the new LG Roswell facility, which also houses the company’s local operations for LG Mobile Phones and LG Digital Appliances. This location now has a total of 30 employees and plans to hire additional staff in 2009.

Michael Ahn, president and CEO, LG Electronics North America, called the new Roswell location “a symbol of LG’s growth and vitality” in North America. “This is another important milestone in LG’s tremendous expansion in the United States. Particularly noteworthy now during the U.S. recession is LG’s investment in the communities where we live and work and our commitment to economic development and education here in the greater Atlanta area,” he said.

The new academy will drive additional revenue to the City of Roswell with the use of local lodging and hospitality venues to support the influx of trainees. The academy will also partner with Atlanta-area printing and office suppliers for general business needs.

“LG Electronics’ presence in Roswell shows its confidence in our workforce. LG Electronics will boost our economy through partnerships with local businesses and the use of our lodging and hospitality venues,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood. “We look forward to working with LG as they build their commercial air conditioning business and add jobs and revenue to the city of Roswell.”

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

LG’s new training academy will provide a variety of courses for engineers, contractors, technicians and air conditioning sales managers. Attendees will have the option of participating in shorter half-day courses to more intensive five day training sessions.

The new training academy will provide focused training rooms for education on LG’s Multi-V Applied Commercial Systems, Duct-Free Mini Split and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) systems, and layout and model selection software. The training will provide hands-on experience with LG’s products in diverse situations for full application training.

“LG’s first commercial training facility in the U.S. highlights our growth in the region, and our commitment to the U.S. air conditioning industry,” said Steve Schmitt, director, Commercial Air Conditioning, LG Electronics USA Inc. “As our commercial AC business continues to expand, this facility will be crucial to providing our key partners and engineers with the educational tools necessary for successful installations.”

LG Electronics is the world’s largest air conditioner manufacturer, and LG’s CAC business represents a key element of the Digital Appliance division of LG Electronics USA. The CAC business offers a range of residential and commercial climate control solutions with indoor and outdoor units. LG’s CAC products are cost-efficient and quiet, and they blend industry-leading outdoor technology with stylish in-room accents.

ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA, INC.

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a wide range of consumer electronics (digital display and digital media) products, mobile phones and digital appliances under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.LGusa.com.

CONTACTS:

John I. Taylor (847) 941-8181, john.taylor@lge.com

Katie Schaffer (312) 397-6025, katie.schaffer@ogilvypr.com

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