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Headquarters: 2000 N. M-63
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-2692
Employees: 70,800
CEO: Jeff Fettig
Stock Symbol: WHR

Website: http://www.whirlpool.com

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Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the globe. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Brastemp, Consul, Amana, and other major brand names to consumers in more than 170 countries.

Whirlpool Corporation is also the principal supplier to Sears, Roebuck and Co. of many major home appliances marketed under the Kenmore brand name. Other major retailers that carry Whirlpool products include Best Buy, IKEA, Home Depot and Lowe's.

In 2010, the company reported sales of $18.3 billion, up 7.4%, and net income of $619 million.

Whirlpool announced in October a workforce reduction of more than 5,000 positions primarily within North America and Europe (approximately a 10 percent workforce reduction in those regions).

These plans include:
- Reduction of approximately 1,200 salaried positions.
- Closure of the refrigeration manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Ark. by mid-2012.
- Production from Fort Smith will be consolidated into current North American sites to leverage existing resources and capacity.
- Relocation of dishwasher production from Neunkirchen, Germany to Poland in January 2012.


In 1911, brothers Louis, Frederick and Emory Upton of St. Joseph, MI invented their own electric, motor-powered driven washing machines. They formed the Upton Electric Company to produce the washers. Business took off several years later when retail giant Sears, Roebuck and Co. agreed to market the washers under the name "Allen." The deal provided the young company with a significant customer base.

In 1948, Sears began selling the first washing machine under the Whirlpool brand name and saw sales grow especially in the heavily populated eastern states. Whirpool began expanding its product line in the 1950s with dryers, refrigerators, ranges and air conditioners.

In 1986, Whirlpool acquired the KitchenAid brand of high-end appliances and the Roper brand of value appliances in 1989.

Whirlpool's strong relationship with Sears continues today as it manufactures appliances for sale under the Kenmore name.

Whirlpool acquired Maytag in 2006 for $2.7 billion.


Whirlpool employs 31,000 workers in North America. U.S. employees get 10 paid holidays per year as well as floating holidays depending on location. First-year hires receive 2 weeks paid vacation. Those with 4-14 years of service receive 3 weeks vacation, 14-29 years get 4 weeks off and employees with 29+ years of service enjoy 5 weeks vacation per year.

The company offers a pension plan of 2% of monthly base salary times number of years of service. For those who contribute to the 401k plan, the company will match up to 5% of contributions.

Whirlpool provides employees with a $75 credit each year which can be used for fitness and weight-loss programs. The company also offers 100% tuition reimbursement for approved undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Updated October 28, 2011