FINDLAY — Whirlpool Corp. said Thursday it will spend $40.6 million to expand its dishwasher manufacturing plant in Findlay and add 50 jobs.
The expansion of 86,400 square feet will increase assembly capacity and material space to boost production to meet rising consumer demand for its products, said the appliance maker, which is based in Benton Harbor, Mich.
The expansion will improve the flow of parts and products throughout the plant, the firm said.
Groundbreaking is planned for early spring, assuming the company has final approval for state and local incentives to aid the project.
Whirlpool hopes to have the project finished and additional capacity functioning by year’s end.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Tony Iriti, director of the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development office.
The plant, which has about 2,300 workers, is the sole assembly operation in the United States for Whirlpool dishwasher products.
The plant assembles products under the brands Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.
Jim Keppler, vice president of Whirlpool’s integrated supply chain and quality organization, said, “We are proud to employ more U.S. appliance manufacturing employees than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer and this investment is consistent with our leadership position in the industry.”
The incentives and aid the company has sought from the state was not disclosed.
Mr. Iriti said Findlay-Hancock County plans to contribute to the project by helping Whirlpool realign a road that come into the south end of the plant and adding a turn lane.
The infrastructure project will be a joint effort between local and state governments.
“It’s always good when the company’s making a commitment like this into their facility because it lets you know that they’re here for the long run,” Mr. Iriti said.
Kristi Tanner, managing director of JobsOhio, said in a statement that the announcement “is exciting news for the state of Ohio, where this global manufacturing leader employs more than 10,000 workers at six different facilities.”