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Whirpool Corporation

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I. Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………….3 II. Business Decision………………………………………………………………………………………….3 III. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities………………………………………………………………….4 IV. Federal Stimulus Funds…………………………………………………………………………………6 V. Community and Stakeholder Impact…………………………………………………………….7 VI. Legislative Prevention…………………………………………………………………………………..8 VII. Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………….9 VIII. Works Cited………………………………………………………………………………………………..10

Introduction
Whirlpool Corporation has factories and plants scattered all over the nation. One plant in particular was faced with the harsh news of relocation. In August 2009, the Whirlpool Corporation publicized its Evansville, Indiana plant would be moving in 2010 to Mexico. This factory was a producer of top-freezer refrigerators for the last 54 years. One can only imagine the reaction to this news not only from the employees but as well as the surrounding community. Whirlpool cited the need to slim manufacturing capacity and that the plant’s closure would eliminate 1,100 full time jobs. Whirlpool Corp was one of many manufacturers to see a sales collapse from the economic recession and housing market decline. Closing the Evansville plant was a decision to strengthen its North American manufacturing operation (Smith, 4).

Whirlpool also stated that their icemaker production and Refrigeration Product Development Center would be relocated. These factories employed around 300 workers. Those workers would be faced with the choice of moving to the new location or face unemployment. Whirlpool saw this decision as difficult but necessary. They were thinking in light of reducing excess capacity and improving costs. They wanted to streamline their operations and also improve Whirlpool’s capacity utilization. In addition they sought the move to aid in the reduction of product overlap between plants and meet their future production requirements (Carroll,...