Whirlpool Corporation announced this week that it will invest more than $ 65 million over the next few years in its Ottawa, Ohio plant, as part of the company’s continued efforts to position the plant as a factory of high-end refrigeration in its North American region (NAR).
The investment will include an expansion of the Ottawa plant to accommodate the production of high-end refrigeration products, including the production of integrated refrigerators (BIRs).
With the expected growth of the BIR market, the investment will increase production and provide Whirlpool Corporation with a critical competitive advantage. In addition to the plant expansion, this investment will also create more than 100 additional jobs. Expansion of the facility’s existing footprint will begin in mid-2022, with Ottawa assuming full production in 2023.
Ohio’s cutting edge advancements and talent will provide a strong competitive advantage as Whirlpool positions Ottawa as a premier refrigeration plant in the North American market.
“We are excited about this investment in the future of Ottawa operations and in our people,” said Don Metzelaar, vice president of integrated supply chain and quality, Whirlpool Corporation. “This is a testament to our skilled workforce and will unlock our potential to bring the latest and greatest in refrigeration innovation to our customers who rely on us to improve their lives at home.” “
The company’s Ottawa operations were established in 1990 and currently produce freezers, undercounter ice makers and hybrid heat pump bases for ventless dryers. Its more than 485 employees manufacture products for the Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Amana, Maytag, Gladiator and JennAir brands. Close collaboration with JobsOhio, the Partnership for Regional Growth, state and local authorities, including commitment of tax benefits and a JobsOhio grant, supported this important investment decision for Ottawa operations.
This project is subject to the approval of state and local incentives.
“Whirlpool’s plans to invest in its Ottawa facility will create 100 new, well-paying jobs and the latest in refrigeration production technology,” said JobsOhio President and CEO JP Nauseef. “Ohio’s leading edge advancements and talent will provide a strong competitive advantage as Whirlpool positions Ottawa as a premier refrigeration plant in the North American market. “