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Whirlpool Corporation Expands Ottawa, Ohio, Plant

Whirlpool Corporation is investing more than $65 million over the next several years to expand its factory in Ottawa, Ohio. The project is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

According to company officials, the investment will accommodate production of premium refrigeration products, including Built-In Refrigerator production.

With the expected growth of the BIR market, the investment will increase production and provide Whirlpool Corporation with a critical competitive advantage. The expansion is expected to begin in mid-2022 and assume full production in 2023.

“We’re excited about this investment in the future of the Ottawa Operations and in our people,” said Whirlpool Corporation Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain and Quality Don Metzelaar. “This is a testament to our skilled workforce, and will unlock our potential to bring the newest and best refrigeration innovation to our customers who count on us to improve their lives at home.”

he strong collaboration with JobsOhio, Regional Growth Partnership, state and local officials, including the commitment of tax benefits and a JobsOhio grant, supported this important investment decision for the Ottawa operations. The project is contingent on approval of state and local incentives.

“Whirlpool’s plans to invest in its Ottawa facility will bring 100 good-paying new jobs and the latest refrigeration production technology,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “The cutting-edge advancements and Ohio talent will provide a strong competitive advantage as Whirlpool positions Ottawa to be a premium refrigeration plant in the North American market.”

The company’s Ottawa Operations were established in 1990, and currently produce freezers, under counter ice makers and hybrid heat-pump bases for ventless dryers. Its 485+ employees manufacture products for the Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Amana, Maytag, Gladiator and JennAir brands.

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