Whirlpool dishwashers are manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation, which is headquartered in Benton Harbor Township, Michigan. In addition to the Whirlpool brand of appliances, the company also produces appliances under numerous other major brand names, including Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Consul.
Louis and Emery Upton originally founded the company in St. Louis, Michigan, in 1911. The company was originally known as the Upton Machine Company and was renamed the Whirlpool Corporation in 1950. Since then, the company has grown to include over 70 research and manufacturing centers across the world, eight of which are located in the United States. As of 2015, appliances from the various Whirlpool brands are sold in more than 170 different countries.
Following the acquisition of Maytag by the Whirlpool Corporation in March 2006, the company surpassed Electrolux to become the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances, which it remains as of 2015. Whirlpool is listed as a Fortune 500 company and has an estimated average annual income of $19 million.
In addition to the various other brand names, Whirlpool also manufactures IKEA brand appliances. They are also one of a number of companies to manufacture appliances under the Kenmore brand, which is sold exclusively by the Sears company.