Whirlpool Corporation plans to invest $40 million to nearly double the size of its Greenville, Ohio, small appliance manufacturing operations center. The expansion is expected to generate approximately 400 new jobs by 2018, bringing the facility to a total workforce of about 1,400 employees.
Strong demand for KitchenAid small appliances, in large part, for the legendary stand mixer, is driving the need for increased production capacity, company officials said. “Overall small appliance production has doubled during the past five years at the Greenville facility. The company is seeing significant growth across the globe. With increasing market demand due to consumers' desire for premium products and recent introductions of the KitchenAid brand in to new geographies; the company is confident this growth will continue.”
"This expansion project recognizes the outstanding skills of our Greenville employees, as well as strong partnership and support from the state of Ohio, the city of Greenville and Darke County," said Jeff Fettig, Chairman/CEO of Whirlpool Corporation. "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. 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."