WASHINGTON, DC— Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised an announcement by the Whirlpool Corporation that it will invest $40 million and re-shore 400 new jobs to its Greenville manufacturing facility. The Greenville plant, which opened for production in 1942, produces more than 10,000 KitchenAid stand mixers per day.  

“Whirlpool’s decision to expand production in Ohio and bring jobs back from China is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s manufacturing sector and the quality of Ohio’s workers. This expansion not only boosts jobs and the economy of our state, it also proves that you should always bet on the American worker and the quality of our products.”

Whirlpool’s commitment to the Greenville facility was based on several factors, including the plant’s track record as a leader in small appliance manufacturing and the region’s highly-skilled workforce. Today’ announcement will nearly double the size of the plant allowing Whirlpool to expand its manufacturing operation to meet the increased product demand in European and Latin American markets.

Described as “Congress' leading proponent of American Manufacturing,” Brown—a member of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus—has introduced a package of key legislative proposals aimed at bolstering the competiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting domestic manufacturing.

In August 2013, Brown and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, legislation that will support the creation of public-private partnerships like the recently announced American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio.

Brown’s and Blunt’s legislation is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. It would establish public-private institutes to leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development.

A full list of industry, corporate, and university support of Brown and Blunt’s legislation can be found: HERE