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Whirlpool Moves Washing Machine Production to U.S.

Whirlpool recently announced it is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio.

Production of the font-load commercial washer platform is due to begin in the U.S. 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,” says Jeff Durham, vice president of U.S. manufacturing for Whirlpool Corporation.  “We look forward to ramping up production and building this quality product, for the U.S. and abroad, right here in Clyde Ohio.”

These front-load commercial washing machines are sold for use in Laundromats, hospitals, hotels and other commercial settings. This product is primarily sold in the U.S. with approximately 10 percent being exported to Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia.

Whirlpool’s Clyde manufacturing plant is 2.4 million square feet, making it the largest washing machine plant in the world, according to the company.  Whirlpool currently manufactures all of its residential washers for the U.S. market in its Clyde plant.

Eighty percent of the products Whirlpool sells in the U.S. are made in the U.S. The company has committed to investing $1 billion from 2010-2014 in its U.S. footprint including investments at the Clyde facility, other manufacturing facilities and a new office complex in the company’s Michigan headquarters.

 

About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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