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Whirlpool: A home-grown manufacturing success story

It’s a feel-good bit of news: Whirlpool Corp.’s ongoing dedication and investment to keep its growing advanced manufacturing processes right here in the good ole US of A.  This company puts its money where its factories are — and keeps the jobs here.

Now, Whirlpool is wrapping up a $200 million project in Cleveland, TN, creating a new 1 million square foot production facility and 400,000 square foot distribution center.

The state-of-the-art production facility and distribution center is now “the largest premium cooking plant” in the world, company officials say — part of producing up-to-date, innovative products that sell across the world.

Whirlpool is committed to maintaining a skilled work force that assembles top-of-the-line American-made products in a rapid and efficient fashion.

The company estimates it spends about $7.4 billion a year to run nine plants here and employs an estimated 15,000 manufacturing workers.

Whirlpool, which boasts $19 billion in sales in 2011 worldwide,  continues to focus investments in manufacturing and U.S. manufacturing jobs.

The company plans to spend about $1 billion improving operations between now and 2014, including:

  • $85 million in new offices and facilities at its headquarters in Benton Harbor, MI
  • obtaining a facility in Ottawa, OH, adding 400 jobs — which means Whirlpool’s total employment force in Ohio will be about 10,000
  • $175 million investment in the laundry facilities in Clyde, OH, and
  • $20 million dedicated to improve productivity and efficiency in its Amana, OH plant.

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