Whirlpool Corporation unveiled its new technology center in St. Joseph (Michgan) that expands and replaces much of the current St. Joseph Technology Center. This is the first of a three phase plan to redesign an iconic research and development facility that has been home to decades of appliance innovations. “In 1911, the first electric washing machines were built here in St. Joseph, and we continue to grow that legacy with the investment in this new, state-of-the-art technology center – said Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool chairman and CEO –. We are committed to this community, and to improving life at home for families around the world. This new technology hub helps enable both of these promises by creating a new space where future innovation will come to life”. The expanded St. Joseph Technology Center is LEED Silver certified, a globally recognized ranking of sustainability achievement. The facility employs more than 500 technicians, engineers, designers and adjacent roles, and contains 21 testing labs. “This new building offers state-of-the-art technology for product design, development and testing to help address consumer needs now and for the future – said Pam Klyn, Whirlpool Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Sustainability –. The appliances designed within the four walls of this new technology center will represent new levels of innovation and sustainability so consumers can feel confident they are making the right choice for their lifestyle and the environment”.