Whirlpool Corporation Sells Former Maytag Properties

Whirlpool Corporation said today that it has sold a number of former Maytag Corporation facilities in Newton, Iowa; Florence, S.C.; Galesburg and Herrin, Ill.; Searcy, Ark.; and Ranson, W.Va. Whirlpool acquired Maytag in April 2006.

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"We are pleased see the transition plans for each of the former Maytag properties. We have been working in cooperation with business and community leaders in each of these locations to develop appropriate plans for the former Maytag properties," said David L. Swift, president, Whirlpool North America. "We believe that the sale of these properties and the resulting future reuse and redevelopment is another important step forward in the ongoing transition of each of the communities."

Administrative Space in Newton, Iowa

Whirlpool has sold the majority of the Maytag headquarters building complex to Iowa Telecom. Following the sale, some of the property will be transferred from Maytag to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to be converted and used as a regional vocational training center. In the near future Whirlpool has the option to sell to the Jasper Community Foundation the vacant Maytag manufacturing facility in downtown. Plans call for the elimination of the old buildings to improve the area with a planned green space.

Whirlpool also will lease back some of the headquarters facility through 2007 to support certain integration-related work that will continue into the second half of 2007.

In addition to the activities outlined above, Whirlpool will transfer the former Product Development building in downtown Newton and the Maytag Guest House to the Jasper Community Foundation to support long-term economic development strategies in the community.

Manufacturing sites in Galesburg and Herrin, Ill.; Searcy, Ark.; Ranson, W.Va. and Newton, Iowa

Whirlpool has sold the former Maytag manufacturing facilities located in Galesburg and Herrin, Ill.; Searcy, Ark.; Ranson, W.Va. and Newton, Iowa, together as a package to Industrial Realty Group (IRG) of Los Angeles.

IRG specializes in the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of excess corporate real estate and manufacturing facilities, closed military and government facilities, underutilized corporate campuses, industrial parks, and large vacant buildings. IRG is among the largest private owners of commercial and industrial properties in the United States and is widely recognized as one of the leaders in repositioning assets through adaptive reuse.

Whirlpool will lease back the plants in Herrin and Searcy through April 2007 to ensure proper cleaning and shutdown operations occur as planned. Whirlpool previously announced the closure of both plants.

Whirlpool also will lease back the Newton plant, as well as the adjacent manufacturing support facilities, through February 2008 to ensure proper cleaning and shutdown operations occur as planned. Whirlpool will continue to operate one of the adjacent manufacturing support facilities for up to five years to support the production of spare parts. Whirlpool previously announced that the Newton plant would close in the second half of 2007.

In Galesburg and Ranson, IRG will begin discussions with community officials and business leaders to determine possible redevelopment plans.

Florence, South Carolina

The former Maytag manufacturing facility in Florence, S.C., has been sold to Hackman Capital Partners, LLC of Los Angeles, a private asset-based investment firm that specializes in the acquisition of real estate and capital assets. The company focuses on value-added real estate investments that involve either leased or vacant industrial properties, capital assets, financial restructurings or other unique real estate opportunities where complex processes must be navigated to successfully restructure or reposition the investment.

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $19 billion, more than 80,000 employees, and more than 60 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/.

Whirlpool Additional Information

This document contains forward-looking statements that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document include, but are not limited to, expectations regarding the merger with Maytag Corporation. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool Corporation's forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1) the company's ability to integrate the recently acquired Maytag Corporation on a timely basis and realize the full anticipated benefits of the merger within the current estimate of costs; and (2) changes in market conditions, health care cost trends and pending regulation that could increase future funding obligations for pension and post-retirement benefit plans. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K.

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