Appliance maker Whirlpool Corporation confirmed the expansion of its Ohio, U.S-based laundry manufacturing operations to support innovation and capacity requirements for the newly acquired Maytag brands.
The investment follows the recently communicated plans to consolidate laundry washer and dryer production from former Maytag manufacturing sites in Newton, Iowa; Herrin, Illinois; and Searcy, Arkansas with Whirlpool laundry factories in Clyde and Marion.
The expansion is expected to include the creation of more than 1,100 jobs in Ohio -- split evenly between the existing facilities in Clyde and Marion. Whirlpool will begin additional equipment installation and hiring at the Clyde and Marion facilities this summer, with production scheduled to begin before the end of the year.
"The global home appliance industry is highly competitive and requires Whirlpool to be the best cost and best quality producer in each region of the world," said David L. Swift, president of Whirlpool North America. "Our facilities in Clyde and Marion, Ohio are two of the largest, most efficient factories in the world. The investments will help us drive improved productivity and efficiency across our North American laundry manufacturing platform."
In other news, Whirlpool announced the creation of up to 400 new jobs in Southwest Michigan to support its global headquarters and North American operations.
The announcement follows the company's recent decision to consolidate Maytag administrative offices in the U.S. -- from Newton, Iowa and Schaumburg, Illinois, to Benton Harbor and other Whirlpool locations. The positions will encompass a variety of functions and are expected to be filled during the next 24 months.
"We are expanding our Benton Harbor headquarters to support the business transition during the Maytag integration, as well as the continued growth of our North American and global business," said Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO, Whirlpool Corporation. "These 400 new jobs will build upon our history of contributing to the community, economy and quality of life in Southwest Michigan."
Whirlpool said some positions will be filled by relocating employees from former Maytag locations and others will be filled through external hiring.
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