Whirlpool Plays Santa In Ohio With Present That Keeps On Giving -- Jobs

The recession-ravaged but now rebounding Midwest got the Christmas present that keeps on giving  -- jobs. Whirlpool is moving the world’s largest washing-machine factory from Mexico to Clyde, Ohio, as of April next year. 

The company made the changes for efficiency reasons: Roughly nine out of 10 washing machines made worldwide are sold in the United States. 

The move is expected to bring up to 100 new jobs to Ohio, adding to the 15,000 U.S. manufacturing workers already on Whirlpool’s payroll. The world’s largest home appliance maker has put aside $1 billion through 2014 to expand stateside manufacturing plants. 

The Whirlpool announcement comes as a bit of good news as the nation continues to lose jobs to off-shoring but at a slower rate than previously. The Reshoring Institute’s Harry Moser told Forbes recently, “We’ve stopped the bleeding.” 

Still, we need more manufacturers to follow Whirlpool’s lead and more consumers to prompt them to do so. Buy American this holiday season. 

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