Whirlpool Closing Michigan Plant

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Whirpool says it will close a machining facility in Benton Harbor, Mich. and eliminating 216 jobs as a result.

The appliance maker said Tuesday that it is discontinuing the production of components made at the Michigan plant and making its latest laundry products at a location in Clyde, Ohio. The Michigan plant is expected to close at the end of 2010 or early in 2011.

Whirpool has roughly 67,000 employees worldwide. About 17,000 of them work in manufacturing.

Shares of Whirlpool fell more than more than 3 percent in early afternoon trading to $101.22.

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