January 7, 2014
Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico, to Clyde, Ohio. The relocation will create 80 to 100 new jobs in Clyde during the next three years. Production is scheduled to begin in the U.S. in April.
The washing machines are sold primarily for commercial use in the U.S., with about 10 percent exported to Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Asia. The 2.4 million-sq.-ft. Clyde plant manufactures all of the company’s residential washers for the U.S. market as well.
Whirlpool has committed to investing $1 billion from 2010 to 2014 in its U.S. footprint, including investments at the Clyde facility, other manufacturing facilities, and a new office complex in the company’s Benton Harbor headquarters.
The Whirlpool Mexico facility is adding a new residential washer production line to serve the Mexico market. The company expects to maintain its employment levels at the Mexico facility and anticipates no interruption in the supply of commercial washers during the changeover.