CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The world's largest maker of outdoor power tools in moving its North American headquarters to Charlotte and creating 160 high-paying jobs.
"Whenever we get together like this, you know the news is going to be good news," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as he joined other city and county leaders in a welcoming ceremony for Husqvarna Thursday.
Husqvarna says the average salary for the new jobs will be $79,453. The average salary in Mecklenburg County is now $48,776.
The Swedish company, which makes everything from chainsaws to leaf blowers, says it will consolidate its Charlotte and Augusta, Ga., operations in the Queen City and found many reasons to make Charlotte its new U.S. headquarters.
"One of which is an educated workforce, a great infrastructure, and a community that has been business-friendly," said Michael Jones, the president of the company's North American/Latin America Sales and Service Division.
The company plans to begin hiring next month. The jobs will range from sales to engineering.
"There's going to be some hiring of bilingual workers -- Spanish, Portuguese and French," said Mecklenburg County Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts.
The state of North Carolina is putting up a $2 million Job Development Investment Grant contingent upon the company keeping its hiring promises.
"If they continue to meet their milestones and accomplish that, they will receive on an annual basis, a portion of the incentive," said state Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll.
To accommodate the new headquarters, Husqvarna is planning a major expansion of its current facility on Statesville Road.