In recognition of Manufacturing Day on October 3, Whirlpool Corporation reiterated the company's investment in American manufacturing and will salute its manufacturing employees for their hard work, dedication, and shared commitment.
Whirlpool Corporation currently employs approximately 15,000 U.S. manufacturing workers. Eighty percent of the products Whirlpool sells in the U.S. are made in the U.S. In 2010, the company committed to invest $1 billion in its U.S. footprint through 2014, and is on track to surpass that goal. This includes upgrades to its manufacturing facilities in Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, and a new office complex in the company's Michigan headquarters community.
- A $40 million investment to nearly double the size of its Greenville, Ohio, small appliance manufacturing operations. Expansion is expected to generate approximately 400 new jobs by 2018, bringing the facility to a total workforce of about 1,400 employees.
- A $20 million investment in its Amana, Iowa, refrigeration plant to drive improved productivity and efficiency.
- An $18.8 million capital improvements investment at the Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility, adding about 150 jobs.
- A $200 million investment in a one million square foot state-of-the art premium cooking products manufacturing plant and 400,000 square foot distribution center in Cleveland, Tennessee, that opened in 2012.
"More than a century after Whirlpool Corporation's founding in the United States, we are proud to showcase our continued investment in the advanced manufacturing jobs in our U.S. production facilities," said Jim Keppler, vice president, Integrated Supply Chain & Quality for Whirlpool Corporation. "This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the key role that their local manufacturing facilities play to keep the American economy moving forward."
Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers with the opportunity to open their doors and offer an inside look at manufacturing in America. The goal is to increase knowledge and improve the public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing's importance to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing Day seeks to connect future generations with manufacturers and provide the education and resources necessary to ensure the long-term prosperity of the manufacturing industry.