Whirlpool Makes Manufacturing Changes
Amidst a merger with Maytag, Whirlpool is shoring up it's manufacturing strategy, a process that the company says it has been working on for the past 12 months. Recently the company announced that it is moving the partial refrigerator production south of the border to Mexico.
The new plant, which just completed construction, is located in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and will produce side-by-side refrigerator/freezer models, beginning in 2006 and employing 1,000 workers. The opening of the plant means layoffs for approximately 730 workers at Whirlpool's Fort Smith, Ark., plant, which, according to the company, will occur in October 2006.