Whirlpool to Close Benton Harbor Machining Facility

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.-Whirlpool will close its machining facility here as part of a series of changes in its North American manufacturing operations.

The decision to shutter this facility revolves around the company's launch of new laundry products, according to a Whirlpool statement. These products will be made at the company's plant in Clyde, Ohio, where the machining for its components will also take place. As a result, Whirlpool will close the machining operation here either by the end of this year or early in 2011.

The closing will eliminate 216 jobs, the statement said. "New innovations have eliminated many of the traditional components produced at the Benton Harbor facility," said Al Holaday, Whirlpool's vice president, manufacturing operations, North America Region.

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