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Whirlpool breaks ground on plant expansion in Western Ohio
The KitchenAid facility is slated to add 1,400 jobs by 2018
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 
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Whirlpool Corporation is breaking ground today on an expanded KitchenAid factory in Greenville, 40 miles northwest of Dayton. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports the plant will add hundreds of jobs in the next few years.
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The Michigan-based company has been expanding its manufacturing operations in parts of the U.S. since about 2010.

Plant lead Ken Hossler says Whirlpool is nearly doubling the plant floor in Greenville—where it makes stand mixers and a few other appliances.

"We’re gonna spend about $40 million over the next five years to continue to invest in the growth of our KitchenAid business."

In 2012, Whirlpool brought manufacturing of its hand mixers back from China to Greenville. And just a few months ago, the plant started making a new line of products -- kitchen soda-makers -- in partnership with Israel-based Sodastream.

Sodastream has been the target of boycotts from opponents of Israel’s actions in Palestine, but Hossler says that political pressure hasn’t affected the Greenville plant.

The factory expects to add 300 jobs, for a total of 1,400 by the year 2018.
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