BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation's (NYSE: WHR) new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tennessee, achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
At this advanced facility, Whirlpool manufactures premium cooking appliances including ranges, cooktops and wall ovens. The Cleveland facility includes a more than 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility, testing lab and distribution center. As the largest cooking manufacturing facility in North America, this Whirlpool facility features some of the most energy efficient and technologically advanced manufacturing processes available.
"Our Cleveland, Tennessee, facility is another example of Whirlpool Corporation's commitment to and investment in America," said Lee Utke, Sr. Director, Global Real Estate, Whirlpool Corporation. "Receiving LEED Gold certification for the facility is a point of pride for our employees who believe in giving back to and protecting the environment in the communities Whirlpool calls home."
Sustainable features and practices incorporated into the facility with partner Gray Construction, the designer/builder, include:
To encourage people to ride bikes, showers were installed. In an effort to decrease vehicle emissions, seventy-two preferential parking spots have been designated and provided for employees driving low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles and car poolers.
Whirlpool Corporation's sustainability strategy consists of a holistic approach including consideration for both new and existing facilities. In 2011, Whirlpool's Clyde, Ohio, manufacturing facility piloted a real-time metering system, Energy Online, carefully monitoring energy, water and waste. The monitoring has allowed the company to assess critical areas of the facility and its processes, thus identifying opportunities to create efficiencies in operations and minimize energy consumption. This builds awareness and a better understanding of the company's use of resources, thus reducing greenhouse gases. The Clyde facility is the first to offer this real-time monitoring, Whirlpool Corporation's other seven plants are able to share data to compare best practices, lessons learned, and the ability to forecast for greater energy efficiency.
At Whirlpool, we focus our sustainability efforts on the key areas of reducing energy and water use, cutting emissions and waste and supporting our employees and communities. And we apply those efforts to the broad view of the entire appliance lifecycle, from manufacturing, to home use, to end-of-life recycling.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, 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.
About Whirlpool Invested in America
Founded 100 years ago in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Whirlpool Corporation employs more U.S. workers than all of our major competitors with 22,000 employees in the United States. Of the products we make, more than 80% of products sold in U.S. are made in U.S. The company is making a more than $1 billion U.S. investment in our plants & equipment over four years (2010 – 2014), including more than $2.2 billion invested in U.S. research, development and innovation over the same time period. In addition, more than $7.4 billion is spent annually to operate and invest in nine U.S. manufacturing plants employing approximately 15,000 manufacturing employees. In Cleveland, Tenn., we operate the world's largest premium cooking manufacturing facility in the world and in Ohio we operate the world's largest clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher plants.
Whirlpool Corporation donates a range and ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator to every Habitat for Humanity home built in U.S., while Maytag Brand provides an annual $1.5 million grant to through the Dependability Awards for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Whirlpool Corporation has made more than $75 million in cash and in-kind donations to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations since 2006.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The certification was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
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