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Demand Drives Expansion, 400 New Jobs at Whirlpool Plant

Greenville — Whirlpool Corp.’s $40 million investment in its Darke County operations will ensure that Greenville remains the manufacturing hub of the company’s small appliance business, company officials said Friday.

From the March 15, 2014 edition of Dayton Daily News

By Dave Larsen, Staff Writer

Whirlpool Corp.’s $40 million investment in its Darke County operations will ensure that Greenville remains the manufacturing hub of the company’s small appliance business, company officials said Friday.

The “massive and significant expansion” of Whirlpool’s Greenville production facility will nearly double its size and create about 400 new jobs by 2018, said Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool North America. He addressed hundreds of cheering local workers via video link from Chicago.

“Ohio is the state for us to be, and to stay,” Bitzer said.

Bitzer said the company selected Greenville for the expansion because of strong demand for its KitchenAid small appliances, and the strength of Greenville’s committed, highly skilled workforce. Whirlpool considered other sites in the U.S. and abroad, he said.

Overall small appliance production has doubled over the past five years at the Greenville facility, which manufactures KitchenAid products that include the iconic stand mixer. Greenville produces an average of 16,000 units daily, including 10,000 stand mixers.

In recent years, the Greenville facility has become an export factory, producing KitchenAid products for both domestic and foreign markets. “To have a factory in the middle of Ohio that pretty much exports products back to China is something truly unique,” Bitzer said.

Whirlpool employs 10,000 workers in Ohio, including about 1,000 at its Greenville facility. The expansion will bring the local workforce to about 1,400 employees.

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