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Kitchenaid Celebrates Completion of $40 Million Expansion

GREENVILLE – The common theme from corporate and state and local elected officials during the ribbon cutting for Greenville KitchenAid’s expansion pointed to employees, community and brand. The company invested $40 million into the 218,000 sq. ft. expansion.

From the 5-6-16 edition of The Early Bird

By Ryan Berry, Managing Editor

GREENVILLE – The common theme from corporate and state and local elected officials during the ribbon cutting for Greenville KitchenAid’s expansion pointed to employees, community and brand. The company invested $40 million into the 218,000 sq. ft. expansion.

Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool, explained there is a lot of talk in the country and state about creating jobs and reinvesting in America. “We never quit investing in America,” he said. In the past five years the company has invested $1.4 billion in U.S. operations – new products and equipment. Fettig explained Whirlpool/KitchenAid has five of their nine U.S. factories in Ohio. “They are in Ohio for a good reason. We think Ohio is the center of universe in the terms of appliance manufacturing for all of North America,” he said. He made an exception for KitchenAid in Greenville, “It is the center of the universe for our global productions.”

Dave Elliott, KitchenAid general manager, said everything Whirlpool and KitchenAid produces is compared to the stand mixer. The look and feel of new products must line-up with the look and feel of the stand mixer. Speaking directly to the plant’s employees, Elliott added, “What you do is the gold standard for the entire line.”

Elliott praised plant manager Ken Hossler for making the expansion a testament of what teamwork can deliver. He said the project was on cost, on schedule and it didn’t disrupt the day-to-day operations. In fact, the Greenville plant was able to produce another record year. While trucks were dumping 7,200 cubic yards of concrete, and workers were putting 222,000 pounds of rebar into place, installing 1/4-mile of precast panels or laying 5,500 tons of asphalt, the employees inside the plant were continuing to produce quality products. KitchenAid is proud to continue to be less than one percent below defective grade......

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