Last updated: August 04. 2014 7:12PM - 1315 Views
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Photo courtesy of Darke County Economic Development
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GREENVILLE - Whirlpool Corporation will break ground Wednesday on their $40 million expansion, which is expected to bring an additional 400 jobs to the Greenville plant location by 2018.

“Whenever you have a project of this size from your number one employer, obviously the impact is huge,” explained Marc Saluk, director of Darke County Economic Development. “And not just in the sense that there is a significant number of new jobs and capital expenditure, but in the sense that it increases the footprint of our largest employer, and the biggest company in the community, and therefore continues to reinforce the relationship between the company and the community.”

According to an invitation from Whirlpool Corp., senior leaders from the company, along with Greenville’s Mayor Mike Bowers and Ferguson Construction, Inc., who won the construction contract for the project, will “commemorate the $40 million expansion of its Greenville, Ohio, manufacturing operations with an official ground breaking.”

Utilizing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices, the Greenville location will become one of the company’s most energy efficient plant.

Home to the KitchenAid stand mixer, among other small kitchen appliances, the Greenville expansion will nearly double the size of the current facility, allowing for future growth of various KitchenAid brand small appliances.

“Essentially, through this project, and hopefully future expansions, the company and the community will continue to grow together. There’s no doubt that the impact to the economy, and for our workforce and long-term stability, a Whirlpool expansion of this magnitude is about as good as it gets for Darke County,” Saluk stated. “We’re very appreciative that Whirlpool Corp. decided to expand production here, and the job that management has done in support of this effort.”

Already the largest employer in the county, Whirlpool’s total number of employees will be at 1,400 by 2018.

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