Earlier this month Whirlpool Corp. (IW 500/66) announced it will invest $18.8 million, adding 150 jobs, at its Tulsa facility beginning in 2014.
The project is part of the company's corporate plan to invest more than $1 billion in its U.S. operations.
Whirlpool, which currently employs approximately 850 at north Tulsa's Cherokee Industrial Park, plans to manufacture a new cooking product at its Tulsa facility. The Whirlpool Tulsa Division, which first opened in 1996, is a leading producer of freestanding ranges.
"This announcement reflects our confidence that the Whirlpool Tulsa workforce can continue to deliver winning products in the marketplace," said Jeff Durham, Whirlpool vice president of North America manufacturing. "We are grateful for the strong support and partnership of our state and local officials that helped make this project a reality."
Of the products Whirlpool Corp. makes, more than 80% of those sold in the United States are U.S. made, the company reported.