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Whirlpool to build new facility in Tenn.

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool announced it will build a new production facility in Cleveland, Tenn.

The company said it has selected Lexington, Ky.-based Gray Construction to build the new 1 million-sq.-ft., LEED-certified manufacturing facility, as well as a 400,000-sq.-ft. distribution center. The new Cleveland facility will produce built-in premium cooking products.

Whirlpool said it will invest $120 million in the new facility, adding approximately 130 new jobs. The new plant will replace an existing 100-year-old facility also located in Cleveland. Construction is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The company said the new facility is just one step in its commitment to invest in its U.S.-based manufacturing footprint. The company also announced plans to build a new $85 million office campus in its headquarters location of Benton Harbor, Mich.; acquisition of the former WC Wood facility in Ottawa, Ohio; a $175 million investment in the company's manufacturing facilities in Ohio, which will produce advanced, high-efficiency laundry products; a $20 million investment in its Amana, Iowa, refrigeration plant; and the announcement of a new $40 million, 1 million sq.-ft., LEED-certified regional distribution center in Wilmer, Texas.

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