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Whirlpool Launches Rebate Finder Online

Whirlpool has launched an online tool for consumers to learn more about what rebate programs are available to them under the “Cash for Appliances” program for their particular state.

Entering in a zip code and appliance type will provide consumers with their specific rebate amount.  It will also provide rebate amounts from any local utility companies, if offered.

Read more about it here.

Whirlpool Supports Retirement Benefits for Former Tennessee Employees

According to this article, Whirlpool has fashioned an $11.7 million bond to support roughly 1,500 former employees of a closed Tennessee plant.

The plant has remained closed since August 2008.

Whirlpool will give the bond to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to pay out to the former Whirlpool employees.

Whirlpool to Produce One Million Smart-Grid Appliances in Two Years

Whirlpool has committed to producing one million dryers by the end of 2011 that are compatible with the emerging smart grid technology.

After an additional four years, by the end of 2015, all of Whirlpool’s electronic appliances will be smart-grid friendly.

They are currently promoting this commitment at the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.  They are exhibiting one of their smart-grid dryers this year.

You can read more here.

Whirlpool First to Satisfy Standards for Allergen Reduction

Whirlpool is the first company to meet new standards for allergen reduction in washers.

The standards were developed by NSF International, certifying allergen reduction performance in family-sized washing machines, both commercial and residential.

Models carrying the names Whirlpool and Maytag (owned by Whirlpool) have, in fact, been certified by NSF.

If you’re interested in more detail, read the article here.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing more allergen-reducing machines in the near future.

Whirlpool to Pay More than $1 Million to Woman

A federal court judge has ruled that Whirlpool Corporation is to pay a Woman more than one million dollars.

The woman was harassed and eventually attacked by one of her coworkers.  They both worked at Whirlpool’s plant in Tennessee.

You can find links to articles with more detail here.

Whirlpool Reopens Another Plant

Hot on the news that Whirlpool was recalling workers in Arkansas, now we’re learning that Whirlpool will be reopening a plant in Ottawa, OH.

The WC Wood plant will reopen sometime next month, according to this article.

Keep it up, Whirlpool!

Whirlpool Recalls Workers

Whirlpool is bringing back 400 workers to its Fort Smith, AR manufacturing plant to make more side-by-side refrigerators and icemakers.

Last year, the company laid off 700 workers, citing the economy as its justification.  The recall of 400 people has been credited to an increase in demand which should last at least until summer 2010.

Whirlpool Gets Another Go at LG Case

According to a recent Bloomberg article, Whirlpool’s argument against LG will get another hearing in court.

Whirlpool claims that LG’s refrigerators violate a patent involving its ice storage.  A previous ruling denied their claim, but the US International Trade Commission has said that it will review the case.  If the ITC rules in Whirlpool’s favor, some of LG’s refrigerators will be banned from sale in the US.

However, the ITC has ruled in LG’s favor twice in the past, saying there is no violation of patent.  LG would suffer from a negative ruling.  It is third in the US market, behind Whirlpool and Electrolux.  The ITC’s review should be completed in February.

In the meantime, LG has already agreed to modify the design of some of their refrigerators in order to resolve the dispute.

Whirlpool showcases Smart Grid Appliances in Copenhagen

I reported a few days ago on the recent Sustainability Report released by Whirlpool promoting the company’s efforts to go green and manufacture appliances capable of sending and receiving messages to the electric grid.

Vice President of Government Relations for Whirlpool, Tom Catania, will represent his company at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties being held in Copenhagen, Denmark this week.

He will be engaged in talks about the importance of collaboration between the appliance industry, the various governments, and other organizations to further develop ideas regarding climate change.

Read the article from Appliance Magazine for more details.

Whirlpool Sustainability Report

A few weeks ago, along with its Annual Report, Whirlpool released its very first Sustainability Report.

This report highlights Whirlpool’s efforts to go green. Their efforts not only focus on their production practices, but also the innovations they’re pursuing to make their products more energy efficient. Within the next five years, for example, Whirlpool will offer appliances that will be able to send and receive messages to the electric grid to minimize energy use during peak demand periods.

It’s fascinating stuff. Take a moment and read for yourself.