CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) -- Whirlpool Corp. will build a cooking appliance plant and distribution center creating 130 new jobs in Cleveland in East Tennessee.
Whirlpool executives told The Cleveland Daily Banner on Wednesday that the project is part of the Benton Harbor, Mich., company's commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. The company will close a 100-year-old plant in Cleveland as part of the upgrade.
Construction is scheduled to start later this year, with a projected cost of $120 million.
The plant is expected to start production of built-in cooking appliances in early 2012.
Whirlpool currently has more than 2,000 employees in its Cleveland-based operations.
The existing factory should be empty by mid-2013 and Whirlpool will likely attempt to sell it.