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Whirlpool Cuts Ribbon on $35 Million Fall River Project

Whirlpool Cuts Ribbon on $35 Million Fall River Project

FALL RIVER — The Whirlpool Corp.’s largest manufacturing plant dedicated to commercial laundry is now located in Fall River.

On Tuesday, the company cut the ribbon on a $35 million project that includes upgrades to its 300,000-square-foot facility in the Fall River Industrial Park.

The ceremony, which was attended by dozens of Maytag Commercial distributors from around the world, also marked the beginning of the production line for the company’s new multi-load washers, which are expected to enter the market on Aug. 1.

“This was the perfect marriage for us, of a dryer manufacturer we could turn into a full-service laundry manufacturer, including washers,” said Trey Northrup, the general manager of commercial laundry for the Whirlpool Corporation.

In July 2015, the Whirlpool Corp. purchased American Dryer Corp., a privately held company with headquarters in Fall River that manufactured and marketed coin-operated industrial and specialty laundry equipment.

Northrup said the process of turning the facility into a full laundry manufacturing plant that produces washers and dryers had been in the planning stages since the 2015 acquisition of American Dryer.

The Whirlpool Corp., which markets Maytag and other commercial brands throughout the world, also offered guided tours of the facility. Local elected officials and business leaders attended the event.

“It’s an exciting day to see a global company invest and continue to invest in Fall River,” said Mayor Jasiel Correia II, who added that the new production line is capable of producing a multi-load washing machine in under 10 minutes.

Joe Trilling, the manager of business development for the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, said the event was “great for the business community” in Fall River.

“It’s great to see a company such as Whirlpool investing in Fall River,” Trilling said. “It just shows that we are a place to have business and to do business in Massachusetts.”

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