Whirlpool Starts Bid Contest for Ovenmaker Aga Rangemaster

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An employee fits a door to an AGA 3-Oven Classic range cooker at the company's plant in Telford, U.K.

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Whirlpool Corp. started a takeover contest for Aga Rangemaster Group Plc by challenging an agreed 129 million-pound ($199 million) bid for the British ovenmaker from fellow U.S. company Middleby Corp.

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