Whirlpool Corp. is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, OH. The move will bring 80-100 new jobs to Clyde over the next three years.
The Whirlpool Mexico facility will add a new residential washer production line to serve the Mexico market. Whirlpool expects to maintain its employment levels at the Mexico facility. It expects no interruption in the supply of commercial washers during the changeover.
The relocation of commercial washer production is intended to increase operational efficiencies and align with Whirlpool's strategy of building products in the regions where they are primarily sold. Production of the font-load commercial washer platform is scheduled to start in the United States in April 2014.
"We continue to invest in advanced manufacturing processes in our Clyde, Ohio plant where we have a highly skilled workforce, making this a smart, long-term business decision for us," said Jeff Durham, vice president of U.S. manufacturing for Whirlpool Corp.
These front-load commercial washing machines are sold for use in laundromats, hospitals, hotels, and other commercial settings. The product line is primarily sold in the United States, with about 10% exported to Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Asia.
Whirlpool's plant in Clyde is 2.4 million square feet, making it the largest washing machine factory in the world. Whirlpool currently makes all its residential washers for the U.S. market in the Clyde plant. This includes washers sold under several U.S. brands:
The plant also makes Kenmore-brand washing machines for Sears. It also makes washers under Whirlpool's Canadian brand, Inglis. All accompanying clothes dryers are made in Whirlpool's dryer plant in Marion, OH.
Whirlpool Corp. employs about 15,000 U.S. manufacturing workers, which it said it more than all of its major competitors combined. Some 80% of the appliances Whirlpool sells in the U.S. are made in the U.S. The company is investing $1 billion over the 2010-2014 period in its U.S. footprint, including investments in Clyde and at other manufacturing facilities, as well as a new office complex at its headquarters in Michigan.
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