By Ryan Carpe
March 14, 2014
GREENVILLE - It’s a big day for economic development in Darke County.
On Friday the Whirlpool Corporation announced its plans to increase the size of its Greenville, Ohio plant by more than 75 percent and add 400 new jobs to the area in a move to capitalize on recent high-end cooking equipment.
Whirlpool plans to spend $46 million on the large scale expansion, which will increase the plant by 196,000 square feet to accommodate their increased product demand.
As part of the planned growth,Whirlpool expects to increase its Greenville plant staff by about 400 members. The current workforce presently hovers around 1,000 employees.
In 2012, the Greenville plant marked the milestone of 2 million stand mixers produced at the facility.
The Whirlpool Corporation has been manufacturing KitchenAid stand mixers, hand mixers and blenders at the Greenville plant since 1996, marking a beneficial relationship in the city’s history.
Whirlpool moved the production of its hand mixers back to Greenville from China two years ago, marking a company shift towards elevated national production.
KitchenAid introduced its legendary stand mixer in 1919, and has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.
While the Greenville plant specializes in producing stand mixers, it also produces other small kitchen appliances including hand mixers and blenders.