Michigan Innovation Forum to Include U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker,
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., July 18, 2014
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation
(NYSE: WHR) will host the Michigan Innovation Forum at its North America
headquarters, Friday, July 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
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The Forum will include U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Congressman
Fred Upton, Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool, and select Michigan
business leaders who will discuss the role Michigan businesses play in
creating jobs through winning investments in innovation. Doug Rothwell, chief
executive officer and president of Business Leaders for Michigan, will
moderate the forum discussion.
"Innovation is the engine for economic growth and competitive advantage in the
global marketplace. Michigan has a proud history of innovation and is the
right launching point for a renewed focus on investments in innovation that
support U.S. competitiveness," said Fettig. "Whirlpool is at the forefront of
investing in America, and we are pleased to host this important discussion
about why companies like ours are discovering that investing, innovating and
manufacturing in the U.S. makes economic sense."
The Innovation Forum panel discussion will highlight Michigan's history of
innovation and include participation from Michigan executives Fred Bauer,
chairman and CEO, Gentex Corporation; Kurt Darrow, chairman, president and
CEO, La-Z-Boy Inc.; Jim Keane, president and CEO, director, Steelcase Inc.;
Kevin Lobo, president and CEO, Stryker Corporation; Bill Parfet, chairman and
CEO, MPI Research; and Bill Weideman, executive vice president and chief
financial officer, The Dow Chemical Company.
The event provides a unique opportunity for state business leaders and U.S.
Government officials to take part in an important exchange of ideas. The open
forum will highlight innovation's vital role in strengthening state and local
economies, providing a competitive edge to business communities and the state
"Innovation is what makes companies and communities leaders," said Rothwell.
"This conference is a great opportunity to showcase how Michigan and a great
Michigan company, Whirlpool, are putting innovation to work."
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer
of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in
2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers
around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air,
Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names. Additional
information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
About Whirlpool Invested in America
Founded in 1911 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Whirlpool Corporation employs more
U.S. workers than all of our major competitors, with 23,000 employees in the
United States. Of the products we make, more than 80 percent of products sold
in the U.S. are made in U.S. The company has made more than $3.2 billion in
U.S. plant, equipment research and development, and innovation investments
since 2010. It also invests in its communities, providing more than $77
million in cash and in-kind donations to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations
SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation
Contact: Whirlpool Corporation, Media: 269/923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com
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