Company will add up to 100 jobs

Production jobs moving from Mexico to Clyde are expected to begin in April.
Melissa Topey
Dec 21, 2013


Whirlpool Corp. announced Friday it will be adding about 100 jobs at the Clyde plant over the next three years.


   Executives said they plan to move production of the company’s commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico, to Clyde. The move will create anywhere from 80 to 100 jobs in Clyde over the next three years. Manufacturing of the line is anticipated to begin in April.


   “We continue to invest in advanced manufacturing processes in our Clyde, Ohio, plant where we have a highly skilled workforce, making this a smart, long-term business decision for us,” Jeff Durham, vice president of U.S. manufacturing for Whirlpool Corp., stated in a release. “We look forward to ramping up production and building this quality product, for the U.S. and abroad, right here in Clyde, Ohio”    The new jobs are for tool and die makers, equipment setup operators and production assembly, said Daniel O’Brien, vice president of operations at the Clyde plant. Wages will range from $18 an hour to about $25 an hour.


   The company is relocating the line to the United States so it can lower shipping costs, while increasing ease and timeliness in shipping products to Whirlpool customers. This is part of the company’s strategy of making its products where they are primarily being sold. It’s also efficient for the company, as the Clyde plant already produces the commercial top-load washing machines, O’Brien said.


   It made sense to combine both the commercial top-load and commercial front-load washers into one facility.


   “Consumers have one-stop shopping” O’Brien said. “We can go from production to distribution within minutes and from distribution to shipping quickly”


   Whirlpool’s commercial washers are mostly found in businesses such as laundromats, hotels and colleges.


   Whirlpool is the largest employer in Sandusky County. The Clyde plant is 2.4 million square feet and is the largest washing machine plant in the world, Whirlpool said.


   The size allows the manufacturer to add the line without having to expand the factory, O’Brien said. There will be some equipment brought in from Mexico, although some new equipment will also be added.


   Whirlpool has been in talks with the city’s economic development agency for a while, but the city could not talk about it until it was official, said Ken Dick, a Clyde councilman.


   “This is great,” Dick said. “When you see them add jobs, it gives you confidence in their commitment to Clyde”


   The jobs will help not just the newly hired workers, but also the economy in Clyde and this region, he said.


   Whirlpool, which manufactures major home appliances such as washing machines, had about $18 billion in sales in 2012.


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Are they going to drop Kelly's services ? $18 a hour doesn't sound right coming from a place that uses long term temp places .


I don't think they use Kelly's services for actual skilled jobs, just the mindless line workers where anyone can do it.


newbie transfers should feel right at home


There bring more work in to pay for all the cancer cluster lawsuits...


They have to bring the jobs back if they expect Americans to be able to afford their products.


Re: "They have to bring (snip)

See above in article:

"The company is relocating the line to the United States so it can lower shipping costs, while increasing ease and timeliness in shipping products to Whirlpool customers"

It's cost/benefit and not some great social enhancement scheme.

Production is also returning from China due to transportation costs and rising wages.

As a percentage of GDP, mfg. has not changed appreciably for decades. Products produced in the U.S. have just become more value added.


WTF ever pooh. Do you actually believe that? No job equals no money equals no sales!!!!!


Re: "Do you actually believe that?"

Yep! Even foreigners are moving production to the U.S. for energy and transportation savings.

Get your head out of your *ss and read once in awhile Bambie.

The Big Dog's back

Another product of Obama's economy. Keep on truckin'.


Re: "Keep on truckin'."

Still confused huh?

Whirlpool makes home appliances, not motor vehicles.

But yes, Pres. Obama did make the sun rise this morning. :)


Deertracker wins again. Unless Whirpool starts massive sales all over the world.


Yep, more good news about the economy. The next step will be to find out why Ohio's recovery under Kasich has been slower than the recovery of the entire nation under Obama. Recent job losses in Ohio have us ranked near the bottom, I read today.


Re: "Ohio's recovery under Kasich (snip)"

Why are you rooting for a bad OH economy?

red white and blue

Say it isn't so coasterfan

Stop It

All the new employees will be illegal aliens from Mexico, too...LOL