Whirlpool Corporation Expands Tulsa, Oklahoma, Manufacturing Plant
According to company officials, Whirlpool will utilize the majority of its $15 million allocation to invest in machinery and equipment that will deliver increased production capabilities, including capacity, with remaining funds to be used for key building and infrastructure improvements including health and safety protocols to accommodate the increase in workers.
"Whirlpool Corporation is committed to U.S. manufacturing, and our investment in our Tulsa factory highlights our dedication not only to the Tulsa community but to our current and future colleagues in the region," said Don Metzelaar, vice president of Integrated Supply Chain and Quality for Whirlpool Corporation. "We greatly appreciate the support and leadership of everyone who helped make this happen, including the partnership of the state of Oklahoma and local officials, and we look forward to continuing to work together in our shared efforts to accelerate job creation in the Tulsa region."
In conjunction with its investment, the company will receive an additional $1 million from the state of Oklahoma through its Business Expansion Investment Program, which will be tied to Whirlpool’s capital investment and job creation targets.
"Tulsa's Whirlpool facility is the perfect example of how a public and private partnership benefits a community," said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. "This new and impactful investment will bring more jobs to our state, show that companies thrive in Oklahoma, and takes our state one step closer to being Top Ten for business."
The Tulsa plant, which produces freestanding and slide-in ranges under the Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir brand, is part of the company's investment in America, company officials noted. The company currently employs 21,000 throughout the U.S., including 15,000 manufacturing workers across nine plants.
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