Whirlpool Adjusts North American Manufacturing
Whirlpool Corporation annoued that it is revamping its manufacturing in North America. The company expanded its Ohio-based laundry manufacturing operations to make room for more brands and models. The company claims the expansion will create 1,100 jobs in Ohio, split evenly between the existing facilities in Clyde and Mario, and it reported that it has nearly completed equipment installation at the Clyde and Marion facilities and production is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.
Also expanded are the manufacturing capacity for bottom freezer refrigeration products at the Amana, Iowa, manufacturing facility and the addition 400 new jobs in Amana, and plans are on the table to expand production of side-by-side refrigeration products at its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, refrigeration manufacturing facility beginning in 2007. This plan includes the laying off of approximately 700 employees at the Whirlpool facility in Fort Smith, Ark., by the first half of 2008 as additional models currently manufactured in Fort Smith will move to the Ramos Arizpe plant. Already, 940 employees in Fort Smith plant have been laid off.
Meanwhile, reductions in output at the Evansville, Ind., top freezer refrigeration products manufacturing facility has resulted in a layoff of about 500 employees. Decreasing consumer demand for such models has been cited as the primary driving factor.