Whirlpool Corporation has opened a new state-of-the-art factory distribution center adjacent to its existing manufacturing plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The existing plant produces freestanding and slide-in ranges under the Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir brands.
The company’s $55 million investment in the new 800,000 square foot facility, will approximately double the size of its footprint in Tulsa. The investment will support increased production capacity in the plant and improve efficiencies within the company’s existing supply chain across North America, helping Whirlpool to continue to deliver products to its growing customer base.
The opening of the center will also support the creation of an estimated 150 additional manufacturing jobs within the plant in addition to the existing workforce of 1,710.
“This is an important day for Whirlpool Corporation and further demonstrates our unwavering commitment to American manufacturing,” said Jim Keppler, vp/integrated supply chain and quality, North America region at Whirlpool Corp. “It represents not only an investment in the men and women of the Tulsa plant and center and surrounding communities, but also in the many others who assemble appliances at our eight additional U.S. manufacturing plants. We are proud to employ more U.S. appliance manufacturing employees than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer, and this investment is consistent with our leadership position in the industry.”
The new distribution facility is expected to be LEED certified, underscoring Whirlpool’s continued efforts towards energy efficiency and sustainability.