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$40 Million Investment and 400 Jobs for Whirlpool in Greenville

GREENVILLE – “This announcement is going to affect one of the world’s greatest manufacturing teams,” said Ken Hossler, plant leader for Whirlpool’s Greenville plant. “It couldn’t happen without you.”

From the March 16, 2014 edition of The Early Bird

By Ryan Berry, Managing Editor

GREENVILLE – “This announcement is going to affect one of the world’s greatest manufacturing teams,” said Ken Hossler, plant leader for Whirlpool’s Greenville plant. “It couldn’t happen without you.” He then handed the mic via video conference to Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool North America and Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa, who joined the celebration from Chicago, IL.

Bitzer informed employees and invited guests of Whirlpool’s plans to expand its Greenville facility. The $40 million investment will create positions for 400 new employees over a four-year period. “This is fantastic news for Greenville,” said Bitzer. The plant will increase in size from 260,000 square feet to 460,000 feet. The investment will include $19.6 million for building, $1.4 million for racking, $6 million for paint booth, $8.4 million for machinery and $4.6 million for assembly.

Employees in Greenville reached a milestone of two million stand mixers in one year in 2012 and reached 2.5 million last year. KitchenAid’s small appliances have consistently out sold Whirlpool’s large appliances over the past few years with growth reaching 10-15% each year. Whirlpool has been reaching into markets outside North America, putting the plant at full capacity. A report a year ago showed 40% of the company’s stand mixer sales were attributed to exports.

Whirlpool had choices when looking to expand production of the company’s most iconic product. “We looked at a number of sites in the U.S. and we looked at sites outside the U.S.,” said Bitzer. However, it came down a committed highly skilled workforce that stands behind its product and it came down to the quality and workmanship the Greenville employees give the company. “You just can’t replicate it anywhere else,” he said. The decision also had a lot to do with the factory being in Ohio. Including Greenville, five of the nine factories operated by Whirlpool are in Ohio. “We have 10,000 people in Ohio. Almost double than in our home state of Michigan. Ohio is the place for us to be,” he said.....

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