Whirlpool Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend; Four Directors Elected to Board

Whirlpool Corporation's board of directors, meeting in regular session today in Chicago, declared a quarterly dividend of 43 cents per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable June 15, 2004, to holders of common stock at the close of business on May 20, 2004.

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Also today, at Whirlpool's annual meeting of shareholders, four individuals were re-elected to the board. Allan D. Gilmour, Michael F. Johnston, Janice D. Stoney and David R. Whitwam were returned to the board for three-year terms, expiring in 2007. Gilmour is Vice Chairman of Ford Motor Company; Johnston is President and Chief Operating Officer of Visteon; Stoney is a former Executive Vice President of US West Communications Group, Inc., and Whitwam is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Whirlpool.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Headquartered in Benton Harbor, the company manufactures in 13 countries and markets products under 11 major brand names in more than 170 countries. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at www.whirlpoolcorp.com .

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Corporation

CONTACT: Media: Tom Kline, +1-269-923-3738, thomas_e_kline@whirlpool.com
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