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12.20.2013

MAYTAG Moves Commercial Washing Machine Production From Mexico to U.S.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYTAG is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio. The move reaffirms Maytag continued commitment to its U.S. manufacturing base and its confidence in the Clyde, Ohio skilled workforce. Approximately 80-100 new jobs will be created in Clyde during the next three years to support this manufacturing relocation. The relocation will increase operational efficiencies and align with the company's strategy of building products in the regions where they are primarily sold.  Production of the font-load commercial washer platform is due to begin in the U.S. April 2014.

"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," said Jeff Durham, vice president of U.S. manufacturing for Maytag Corporation.  "We look forward to ramping up production and building this quality product, for the U.S. and abroad, right here in Clyde Ohio."

These front-load commercial washing machines are sold for use in Laundromats, hospitals, hotels and other commercial settings. This product is primarily sold in the U.S. with approximately 10 percent being exported to Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia.

Maytag's Clyde manufacturing plant is 2.4 million square feet — and is the largest washing machine plant in the world.  Whirlpool currently manufactures all of its residential washers for the U.S. market in its Clyde plant. This includes production of washers sold under the brands  Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana, Estate, Roper, Crosley, Admiral and Kenmore, as well as the company's Canadian brand, Inglis. All accompanying dryers are made in Maytag's dryer manufacturing facility in Marion, Ohio.

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