Whirlpool plans $65 million funding, 100 new jobs in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Whirlpool Company introduced Tuesday it will make investments greater than $65 million into its manufacturing facility in Ottawa over the following a number of years, bringing greater than 100 jobs to the neighborhood to construct new merchandise, together with built-in fridges.

The Ottawa plant will broaden to provide premium refrigeration merchandise, together with built-in fridge, in accordance with a press launch from Whirlpool. Enlargement of the power at 677 Woodland Drive, Ottawa, will start in mid-2022, with Ottawa seeing full manufacturing in 2023.

“We’re enthusiastic about this funding in the way forward for the Ottawa Operations and in our folks,” Don Metzelaar, Whirlpool Company’s vice chairman of built-in provide chain and high quality, stated in a press launch. “It is a testomony to our expert workforce, and can unlock our potential to carry the latest and finest refrigeration innovation to our prospects who depend on us to enhance their lives at house.”

The plant presently has greater than 600 workers, making it the most important employer in Putnam County. It produces freezers, under-counter ice makers and hybrid heat-pump bases for ventless dryers. It manufactures merchandise for Whirlpool and different manufacturers, akin to Amana, Gladiator, JennAir, KitchenAid and Maytag.

“Immediately is an effective day for Putnam County,” stated Amy Sealts, the director of financial improvement for the Putnam County Neighborhood Enchancment Company, which adopted the lead of JobsOhio to assist the corporate. “Over the past 10 months, it has been an ideal expertise supporting the Whirlpool management group as they’ve labored to safe this development undertaking for the Ottawa operations facility. Realizing that the company selected Ottawa for main capital investments and job creation is a testomony to the standard and power of the workforce right here.”

The corporate will use a JobsOhio grant and tax advantages from the state to assist make the undertaking occur. There aren’t any authorized native abatements on the undertaking but. JobsOhio releases details about state support after a remaining settlement is executed,

“Whirlpool’s plans to put money into its Ottawa facility will carry 100 good-paying new jobs and the most recent refrigeration manufacturing know-how,” JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef stated in a press launch. “The cutting-edge developments and Ohio expertise will present a robust aggressive benefit as Whirlpool positions Ottawa to be a premium refrigeration plant within the North American market.”

Whirlpool purchased the power in December 2009, after the previous W.C. Wooden plant closed and put 400 folks out of labor. Whirlpool upgraded and restarted the freezer line in January 2010.

The corporate added a wind turbine at its location in 2017, when it additionally added 40 new jobs.

Sealts stated the undertaking may bolster the area’s function in manufacturing. She stated Whirlpool has been energetic within the Putnam County Workforce Consortium, including, “They’ve the most effective pursuits of the neighborhood in thoughts.”

“From an financial improvement standpoint, Whirlpool’s undertaking is significant for Putnam County, in addition to Ohio,” Sealts stated. “It helps different job sectors akin to industrial distributors and contractors who can have alternatives to serve the undertaking, and it creates high quality jobs which presents alternatives to draw folks to the realm who will earn and spend earnings in surrounding companies.”

Whirlpool Company will make investments greater than $65 million and add 100 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Ottawa to construct new initiatives, together with built-in fridges, the corporate introduced Tuesday.

100 new jobs coming to Putnam County’s largest employer

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