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Whirlpool opening new plant in Tennessee

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 10, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.

— Appliance maker Whirlpool is opening its new manufacturing plant in East Tennessee, replacing a 123-year-old facility.

The $200 million project adds about 130 jobs to the Whirlpool workforce of 1,500 people in Cleveland, Tenn.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson is expected to join Whirlpool Corp. Chairman and CEO Jeff M. Fettig at the grand opening ceremony Tuesday.

The facility of about a million square feet includes a plant making premium cooking products and a distribution center.

Meantime, Whirlpool is readying to vacate its Fort Smith plant, leaving about 800 without jobs. At its peak in 2005, it employed more than 4,600 in the area.

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HDawg says... April 10, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.

While you guys read this, just remember how "Business Friendly" Arkansas is. Shoot, just ask the state, they will happily tell you.

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Ran2133 says... April 10, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Oh yes, "business friendly Arkansas" loses again. When will our politicians wake up and smell the coffee? State government just keeps growing just like the Federal Government. Until voters wake up to the fact that "government" takes more from you than in gives you nothing is going to change.

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Jfish says... April 10, 2012 at 12:36 p.m.

You folks might be right about Arkansas, but there might be a whole lot more to the story. I don't have a huge problem with Whirlpool as long as they are making quality products in the States and we are not importing.

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RoyDaMercer says... April 10, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

A good portion of what the Ft. Smith plant (which should be fully shut down by July)makes is now being produced in Mexico (side by sides). I am not sure where all of the production from the old Maytag plant in Searcy went but I can pretty well guarantee some of it went to Mexico too. Two Arkansas plants shut down by Whirlpool and we don't get the new one. That is not too good for Arkansas

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