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Whirpool to close US plant, cut 1,100 jobs

Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 00:03

New York: US home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp said on Friday it would close a plant in Evansville, Indiana, eliminating some 1,100 jobs by mid-2010.

Production of refrigerators made at Evansville will be transferred to a facility in Mexico while icemakers will be relocated to a site yet to be determined.

"The announcement follows a comprehensive review of alternatives for product consolidation within the refrigeration product category," the Michigan-based firm said in a statement.

The company also said that it is evaluating options for
the best location for its refrigeration product development
center at the Evansville plant that employs about 300 people.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision," said Al
Holaday, vice president of Whirlpool`s North American
manufacturing operations.

"To reduce excess capacity and improve costs the decision
was made to consolidate production within our existing North
American manufacturing facilities. This will allow us to
streamline our operations, improve our capacity utilization,
reduce product overlap between plants, and meet future
production requirements.

Among the biggest appliance makers, Whirlpool markets the
brands Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and others in nearly every country
around the world.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 00:03

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