Whirlpool Corp. plans an $18.8 million capital investment in its Tulsa facility starting in 2014.
Part of the appliance manufacturer’s plan to invest more than $1 billion in its U.S. operations, the project is tied to a new cooking product that will be manufactured in Tulsa.
Whirlpool employs about 850 people at north Tulsa’s Cherokee Industrial Park, where Whirlpool opened its Tulsa Division in 1996. Since then the facility has become a leading producer of freestanding ranges.
“Whirlpool’s investment in Oklahoma is a great vote of confidence in the state’s pro-business climate and its long term economic outlook,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett added: “This announcement further highlights the business-friendly environment in Tulsa and shows that companies are growing and achieving great success here.”
“Whirlpool’s decision to grow its Tulsa operations will boost the economy of northeast Oklahoma on many levels,” commented Mike Neal, president & CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Whirlpool continues to be an integral partner in our region’s economic development, and we are proud of the company’s continued commitment to the Tulsa area.”
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