Jobs and New Product Line Coming to Whirlpool Amana Plant

2/18/2010

Whirlpool Corporation, State and Local Iowa Officials Partner to Drive Investment in Amana

Whirlpool Corporation’s Amana Division, a leading producer of refrigerators and the only manufacturer of the freestanding freezer-on-the-bottom configuration of refrigerators in the United States, announced plans for a $20 million dollar investment in its facility in Amana, Iowa.

“We are very pleased to announce that together with leaders from Iowa County and the state of Iowa, we’ve assembled a package of financial support that will enable the Amana facility to drive improved productivity and efficiency, and support the continuing efforts of our brands to deliver a constant stream of innovation to consumers,” said Dan Smith, Amana Division vice president.

The funding will allow Whirlpool Amana to make needed upgrades, including improvements in facility infrastructure, energy efficiency, equipment and processes. These changes will also help ensure that the Amana plant remains a vital member of the Amana community.

“This important work has served to further strengthen the partnership between Priority One, the Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa County, the state of Iowa and Whirlpool Corporation and its Amana plant. We are profoundly grateful to everyone involved in the discussions and outcome that benefits our employees, our business and the community,” said Jeff Noel, vice president, corporate and public affairs, Whirlpool Corporation.

“This announcement is significant not only for Amana, but for the entire Cedar Rapids/Iowa City region,” said Mark Seckman, president of Priority One. “Whirlpool Corporation’s long history of success in Amana has created an outstanding local supplier base, experienced technology resources, and excellent employment opportunities that benefit all the surrounding communities.”

Additionally, Whirlpool announced that the Amana plant will begin production of 50-lb icemakers later this year, which will transition from the company’s Evansville, Indiana facility. Whirlpool identified the consolidation of the icemaker production into the Amana site as an opportunity to further leverage best cost, best quality and best asset utilization. The product transition will create 60 new jobs at the Amana plant.

“Considering the scope of this project and Whirlpool’s global footprint, we are pleased they have decided to manufacture the 50-lb ice maker here,” said Joe Raso, president of the Iowa City Area Development Group. “We’re confident that the quality, productivity and capability of our workforce and region will benefit Whirlpool Corporation’s customer base for years to come.”