New Benton Harbor Technology Center

Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation chairman and chief executive officer.

whirlpool_fettig_thumbRecently Whirlpool officially opened its new Benton Harbor Technology Center (Michigan, USA). Jeff M. Fettig (in the picture), Chairman and CEO, marked the latest developments in the company’s multimillion dollar local investment initiative in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph community. As employees and local dignitaries gathered for a look inside the new facility, Fettig discussed the significant accomplishments made in the Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph Michigan since 2010. Four years ago the company announced plans for its new Riverview campus project as well as major renovations in the company’s global headquarters building. Now Fettig announced Whirlpool will break ground on phase three of its Riverview campus in 2015 – this phase includes a third, three-story building alongside two current buildings. The company also announced it will move forward with a third phase of renovations at its global headquarters facility. With the establishment of the Benton Harbor Technology Center, the Twin Cities are now home to more than 1,200 engineers and technicians and serves as the global technology hub for all of the company’s major categories including cooking, cleaning, laundry and refrigeration. The facility is Whirlpool Corporation’s largest refrigeration technology center and focuses on next generation processes and technologies. When completed in 2016, the company will have invested $155 million in all projects.