14859 Fri, 07/11/2008 - 11:53am
BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool will close its Oxford, Miss., and Puebla, Mexico, manufacturing facilities in its drive for greater efficiencies in manufacturing.
The products made at Oxford, which include built-in ovens and cooktops, will be moved to the Whirlpool plant in Cleveland, Tenn. The company will also transfer the production of semi-automatic washers from Puebla to Celaya, also in Mexico. A Whirlpool statement did not provide details as to the number of jobs affected at the two closing facilities, but did say the shifts of production would add about 500 jobs to the Cleveland site and 140 to the Celaya location.
Al Holaday, Whirlpool’s vice president of manufacturing operations for the North American region, said the changes “will help ensure that Whirlpool Corp. maintains its leadership position in today’s changing global marketplace.”