Technology Center to be laundry, dishwasher and small appliance innovation center

Employing over 500 high-tech talent based in Michigan

Benton Harbor, Michigan., August 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — (NYSE: whr, , Whirlpool Corporation today unveiled a new 153,000-square-foot Technology Center St. Joseph, Michigan. The $60+ million project expands and replaces the existing Saint Joseph Technology Center. It is the first of a three-phase plan to redesign an iconic research and development facility that has been home to equipment innovations for decades.

“In 1911, the first electric washing machines were made right here St. Joseph, MichiganAnd we are carrying forward that legacy with this investment in this new, state-of-the-art technology center,” said Mark Bitzer, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool. “We are committed to improving life at home, for this community, and for families around the world. This new technology center helps enable both of these promises by creating a new space where the innovations of the future will come to life “

Expanded St. Joseph’s Technology Center is LEED Silver Certified, Globally recognized ranking of sustainability achievement and leadership. The work done in this new facility will be focused on providing great consumer solutions through washer, dryer, dishwasher and small appliance products designed and tested here, including the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer. The facility employs over 500 technicians, engineers, designers and related roles and houses 21 test laboratories.

“it $60 million Investment by Whirlpool builds on the company’s long-term commitment southwest michigan,” said Gov. Whitmer. “This transformative project will help Whirlpool attract top talent, get more people on the path to well-paying, high-skill jobs, and help anyone ‘make it’ will continue our mission to Michigan, Our unemployment rate is the lowest in 23 years, we’re moving forward on housing and community revitalization projects across the state, and we’ve delivered a bipartisan budget to reduce costs, expand workforce programs, and fuel economic growth. We look forward to continuing our work together to build a brighter future.”

Whirlpool Corporation has invested more than $230 million new or expanded features Saint Joseph And benton harbor community over the past ten years. Corporation also made additional investment $23 million in 80-unit Emma Jean Hull Flats in housing development benton harbor which opened in June.

“This new building provides state-of-the-art technology for product design, development and testing to help meet consumer current and future needs.” pam clin, Whirlpool Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Sustainability. “Appliances designed within the four walls of this new technology hub will represent new levels of innovation and sustainability so consumers can feel confident they are making the right choices for their lifestyle and the environment.”

Whirlpool Corp.’s products have continuously improved water and energy efficiency for decades while increasing performance benefits for consumers. The average laundry washer made today uses about 78% less energy than a washer made in 1992, while their efficiencies have increased by 60%. In addition, most of the dishwashers developed by the company are already 3 to 4 times more water-efficient than hand washing – with the potential to save more than 2,500 gallons of water per household each year.

As employees begin to move into the new building, work will continue through 2024 to complete the next phases of the St. Joseph’s Technology Center project, including renovations to the remainder of the façade and increased parking to improve access for employees .

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: whr) is committed to becoming the best global kitchen and laundry company, in its constant endeavor to improve life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, which includes whirlpool, kitchen Aid, maytag, Consul, breaststamp, Amana, bauknecht, zenair, Indesit, Yummly And insyncerator, In 2022 the company reported approx. $20 billion in annual sales, 61,000 employees and 56 manufacturing and technology research centers. Additional information about the company can be found at

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