Appliance maker signs deal with homebuilder
An appliance maker has signed a three-year agreement with a homebuilder operating in multiple states.
Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool said last month that it will become the exclusive supplier to Frederick, Md.-based Dan Ryan Builders, beginning on May 1.
Under the agreement, Dan Ryan Builders' customers will be able to choose from a diverse selection of Whirlpool brand and premium KitchenAid brand appliances for their homes.
Whirlpool stressed the diversity of its options, saying each brand is “designed with a specific homeowner in mind to help provide them the complete home experience they desire.”
Dave Edwards, VP of production at Dan Ryan Builders, said it “makes good business sense” to partner with Whirlpool.
“Whirlpool Corporation has the support and operational capabilities to simplify the selection process and provide on-time delivery, helping our customers build their dream home,” Edwards said.
More than 80 percent of the appliances Dan Ryan Builders will offer homebuyers from Whirlpool are built in the U.S.
Dan Ryan Builders has been building homes for 25 years.
It currently operates in 10 markets and six states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The company has built and delivered nearly 10,000 homes since its founding in 1990.
It said it’s been named a top 20 private home builder and is No. 39 on Builder magazine's "Builder 100" ranking.
Whirlpool is the number-one major appliance maker in the world, with about $20 billion in annual sales, 100,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers throughout the world in 2014.
The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in more than 170 countries.