Whirlpool Corporation recently opened its new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., for production of premium cooking products. The $200-million project includes a state-of-the-art production facility and distribution center and will be the largest premium cooking plant in the world. Whirlpool expects the project will add about 130 new jobs to its existing Cleveland workforce.

The new 1-million-square-foot production facility includes many energy efficient and technologically advanced manufacturing processes and is expected to obtain LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The new facility is replacing a 123-year-old plant a few miles away. The full transition to the new facility is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

“The advanced production here supports the growth of our premium cooking products business, which includes some of the most innovative ranges, ovens and cooktops offered in the marketplace,” said Jeff Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer for Whirlpool Corporation.

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