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KitchenAid Breaks Ground on $40 Million Expansion

GREENVILLE – The message was clear from top officials at KitchenAid and from locally elected government representatives on Aug. 6 as they broke ground on the company’s expansion in Greenville – the reason Whirlpool chose to expand its operation here is because of the workforce.

Breaking News from Blue Bag Media August 7, 2014

By Ryan Berry, Managing Editor

GREENVILLE – The message was clear from top officials at KitchenAid and from locally elected government representatives on Aug. 6 as they broke ground on the company’s expansion in Greenville – the reason Whirlpool chose to expand its operation here is because of the workforce. The company is expected to begin work soon on its $40 million expansion and add approximately 400 workers. The plant currently employs over 1,000 workers. This project will nearly double the size of the current facility.

James Keppler, vice-president of integrated supply chain and quality for the North American region, said, “You can duplicate processes, but ultimately we have one asset here in Greenville that would be almost impossible to duplicate. Our greatest asset is the workforce here in Greenville.” He pointed out many companies aspire to zero defects. “It’s becoming a reality. It’s a part of the plan right here in Greenville.”

Dave Elliott, general manager of Global KitchenAid and Small Appliances, said in five years the company has nearly doubled its stand mixer production. With the stand mixer celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, Elliott said, “The thing that has given it its longevity is the quality. The quality is unbelievable. I believe it’s the best in the industry. The reason we have that quality is you folks.”

Read more about KitchenAid’s expansion in Greenville, including an interview with two employees that have been with the company for more than 40 years in this week’s The Early Bird.


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