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Appliance maker invests $40M in Ohio plant

February 18, 2016
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Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool makes appliances across all major categories, including fabric care, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, countertop appliances, garage organization and water filtration. Courtesy Whirlpool

An appliance maker in the region announced today a $40.6-million investment in a plant in Ohio.

Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor said the investment will support its dishwasher plant in Findlay, Ohio.

The plant anticipates adding about 50 new jobs as a result of this investment.

The company plans to begin the project in early spring.

The investment will include an expansion of 86,400 square feet to provide additional assembly capacity and material space to support strong consumer demand for Whirlpool products and will also improve the flow of parts and products through the plant.

The Findlay plant assembles dishwashers for the company's portfolio of brands, including Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air.

Jim Keppler, VP of Integrated Supply Chain and Quality at Whirlpool, said the investment represents “not only an investment in the men and women of the Findlay plant,” but also in the “many others” who assemble appliances at Whirlpool’s eight additional U.S. plants.

“We are proud to employ more U.S. appliance manufacturing employees than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer, and this investment is consistent with our leadership position in the industry,” Keppler said.

Whirlpool Corporation said it continues to create jobs and invest in U.S. manufacturing.

Since 2010, the company said it has invested more than $1 billion in new facilities and plant upgrades, including a $40-million expansion of its Greenville, Ohio plant that will add 400 new jobs by 2018.

Other investments in Ohio include a $200-million investment in the company's Clyde laundry facilities, as well as moving commercial front-load washing machine production from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde in 2014.

The relocation added nearly 100 jobs and “re-affirmed the company's commitment to its U.S. manufacturing base and its skilled workforce.”

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