Whirlpool Expands Footprint in Pennsylvania

The company will add a new regional distribution center in New Kingstown and expand its operations in Carlisle.

By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor

5 Logistics Park in Carlisle, Pa.
5 Logistics Park in Carlisle, Pa.

Carlisle, Pa.Whirlpool Corp. is upgrading its operations near Carlisle, Pa., and will add a new regional distribution center in New Kingstown, Pa., approximately 12 miles away.

“The new warehouse will be 1.1 million square feet, an increase of over 300,000 from our existing facility,” Shawn Healy, Whirlpool senior manager of NAR supply/demand, told Commercial Property Executive. “ We need to expand in order to continue to serve our growing business in the Northeast.”

Exeter Property Group and Penntex Construction Center will develop the new facility. Construction will begin immediately, with plans for the center to become operational in the third quarter of 2017.

“Our philosophy is to have the best consumer branded products in every home around the world,” Alison Jones, Whirlpool senior director of NAR Logistics, told CPE. “This volume growth required we secure additional distribution capacity in order to provide the best service for our customers at the optimum cost.”

The new facility will be a full-mix, rail-served warehouse, storing major appliances from all of the company’s brands and product categories, including laundry, refrigeration, cooking and dishwashing.

“The associates at our current facility help us to deliver our promise to our customers by shipping our product on-time and damage free,” Healy said. “Finding a location nearby was critical, so that we can retain our current associates. As our business continues to grow, we also know that we can recruit quality associates to help us continue to deliver our promise to our customers.”

According to Jones, Whirlpool Corp. also believes in being good corporate citizens and that will play a role in the new building.

“To that effect, we are looking to attain LEED Silver certification for the new facility,” she said. “This certification means that we will minimize the impact on the environment by using local materials where possible, low flow water systems, and other initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Penske Logistics, the Carlisle warehouse’s current manager, will continue its duties in New Kingstown. The workforce of 90 is expected to stay the same.

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