Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. will invest $40 million to nearly double the size of its small appliance manufacturing operations in Greenville, Ohio, generating approximately 400 new jobs by 2018.
“With several global options for this project, our decision to expand our Greenville, Ohio facility is another way Whirlpool continues to demonstrate our commitment to American manufacturing,” said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool. “As the KitchenAid brand continues to expand its small appliance portfolio globally, this major expansion will ensure Greenville remains the manufacturing hub of our small appliance business.”
Overall, small appliance production has doubled during the past five years at the Greenville facility, driving the need for increased production capacity. Fittig says the strong demand, in large part, is for the popular KitchenAid stand mixer.
The Greenville facility has approximately 1,000 employees who produce an average of 16,000 units per day. The company will launch its expansion following final approval of state and local assistance.