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Whirlpool expands Fall River facility
Whirlpool Corp. Commercial Laundry, a division of Whirlpool Corp., has completed ongoing
investments in its commercial laundry production facility in Fall River, MA.
The Fall River manufacturing facility is intended to support customer demand for Whirlpool-
built commercial laundry equipment. By continuing to invest in four areas — people,
processes, manufacturing, and systems — Whirlpool is focusing on improving its customers’
The $35 million project includes upgrades to the 300,000-sq.-ft. commercial laundry state-
of-the-art facility, making it the largest plant in the world dedicated to commercial laundry.
“The advanced production here supports the growth of our premium commercial laundry
business, which includes some of the most innovative multi-load washers and dryers,
specialty products and industrial dryers offered in the marketplace,” said Trey Northrup,
general manager of Whirlpool Corporation Commercial Laundry.
With the acquisition of the Fall River manufacturing facility by Whirlpool, the
Maytag Commercial Laundry brand now has customized production washer capabilities, said
“We’ve done this to continue our leadership in engineering, design, and manufacturing
solutions to meet the increasing demands of the commercial laundry industry.”
“The Fall River facility allows for flexibility and nimble product offerings through its
configure-to-order capability” said Raul Rincon, director of the Fall River plant. The latest
platform advancement is a production line solely dedicated to Maytag Commercial Laundry
brand’s rigid and soft mount multi-load washers.
Hitting the market this summer, the Maytag Commercial Laundry washer can be configured
in hundreds of different ways, allowing customers to choose among different water heating
options, electrical connections, control interfaces, water inlets, drain systems and cabinet
construction options.
As part of the 59th Maytag Commercial Laundry meeting in Fall River, MA, 150 people
gathered May 1 for a formal ribbon cutting.
The group included Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia; City Councilman Cliff Ponte; and Bristol
County Chamber of Commerce Manager of Business Development Joe Trilling. Also on hand
for the event were Maytag Commercial Laundry trade customers, Robert Stevens and Robert
Jackson of Harco Co. Ltd. based in Ontario, Canada, and Victor Hirmas of Intertrade Chile
based in Santiago, Chile.
Guests got a firsthand look at the new washer platform to complete Maytag brand’s model
line-up. The dedicated production line produces customizable, rigid and soft mount washers
ranging from 20- to 65-lb. capacities.
In addition to the manufacturing facility, sales and service support have been expanded to
include more resources and an enhanced call center located in the Fall River facility.