Whirlpool to Close Searcy Plant

MAY 10, 2006 - Posted at 9:28 a.m. CST

NEWTON, IOWA - Whirlpool Corporation says it will close the former Maytag manufacturing plant in Searcy, putting 700 people out of work.

Whirlpool says the closure is part of its plan to shutter a former Maytag plant and corporate headquarters in Newton, Iowa.  Also to close is a plant in Herrin, Illinois.

In all, the closures will eliminate 4,500 jobs.

Production at the Searcy plant is to continue through the end of the year.

A Whirlpool spokesman says the former Maytag laundry plants will be consolidated into Whirlpool factories in Ohio.

The Iowa administrative offices will be consolidated into Benton Harbor, Michigan, where Whirlpool is based.

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