Ohio manufacturing plant looking to expand

Whirlpool Corp., will be expanding it's Greenville, Ohio, manufacturing plant, according to a statement from the company. Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig said the company will be increasing the size of the plant from 260,000 square feet to 460,000 square feet.

"This expansion project recognizes the outstanding skills of our Greenville employees, as well as strong partnership and support from the state of Ohio, the city of Greenville and Darke County," Fettig said. "With several global options for this project, our decision to expand our Greenville, Ohio facility is another way Whirlpool continues to demonstrate our commitment to American manufacturing."

Along with an expansion, the facility hopes to add more than 400 new jobs by 2018, which will in turn bring the total amount of employees to 1,400.

The Greenville plant is responsible for making KitchenAid stand mixers. Fettig said the output of small appliances has been growing by more than 10 percent annually over the last few years and the expansion of the Greenville facility will help meet consumer demands for this appliance.

The Greenville area also has a KitchenAid Experience store where consumers can purchase these mixers. Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, told the Dayton Business Journal the new expansion will help the local economy.

"The Dayton region continues its winning streak and a strong start to 2014 with another 400 jobs being committed by Whirlpool," Hoagland said. "The Dayton region continues to demonstrate that we have one of the most vibrant communities and businesses understand the value we offer."

Gov. John Kasich said Whirlpool building a new facility in the area means a lot to the state.

Manufacturers who are looking to expand their operations can use manufacturing recruiters to add experienced workers.