Whirlpool Expands in Ohio and Brings Jobs Home
Here’s an American company we can be proud of – and we should all try to purchase their appliances: Whirlpool.
The Whirlpool corporation announced last week that it would re-invest in its Findlay, Ohio, plant, adding 50 jobs and renewing its pledge to make products in the USA. (Whirlpool makes dishwashers at the Ohio plant.)
The company said the 86,400-square-foot expansion will boost assembly capacity and material space to support “strong consumer demand” for its products, and will improve the flow of parts and products through the plant.
“It represents not only an investment in the men and women of the Findlay plant, but also in the many others who assemble appliances at our eight additional U.S. manufacturing plants,” said Jim Keppler, vice president of the company’s integrated supply chain and quality organization.
Whirlpool employs more U.S. appliance manufacturing employees than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer.
Since 2010, the Benton Harbor, Mich., company has invested more than $1 billion in new facilities and plant upgrades, including a $40 million expansion of its Greenville, Ohio, manufacturing plant that it said will add 400 new jobs by 2018.
The Findlay plant assembles dishwashers for the company’s Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air brands.
Other investments in Ohio include a $200 million investment in the company’s Clyde laundry buildings, as well as moving commercial front-load washing machine production from Monterrey, Mexico, to Clyde in 2014. The relocation added nearly 100 jobs. (Source: Made in America Movement and the Wall Street Journal.)