The Whirlpool Corporation produces a wide range of different appliances, including dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, kitchen ranges and refrigerators. In addition, they also produce microwaves, kitchen hoods, trash compactors, water heaters and central heating units.
In addition to the Whirlpool brand of appliances, the company also manufactures appliances under a variety of other brand names, including KitchenAid, Amana, Jenn-Air, Maytag and Brastemp. In fact, Whirlpool became the world's largest appliance manufacturer after it purchased the Maytag company in March 2006. The company has an average annual revenue of approximately $19 billion and distributes their products throughout more than 170 different countries.
The Whirlpool Corporation began in 1911 as the Upton Machine Company, which was located in St. Louis, Michigan. By 1949, when the company changed its name to the Whirlpool Corporation, it had already grown into the U.S. leader in appliances.
In the United States, Whirlpool appliances are produced at eight different manufacturing facilities, which includes factories in Cleveland, Tennessee, Amana, Iowa and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Whirlpool's five other U.S. manufacturing facilities are all located in Ohio, in the towns of Findley, Marion, Greenville, Ottawa and Clyde. In total, the Whirlpool Corporation owns more than 70 research and manufacturing facilities around the world.