Whirlpool Workers: ‘Glad it’s Finally Over’

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Fred Denney and Pete Galvan say Whirlpool officials are “cheap bastards.” And that was after they were given a few chances to soften their opinion.

Whirlpool announced Oct. 27, 2011, it would close its Fort Smith refrigeration manufacturing plant. Today’s (June 29) closure will mark the end of more than 45 years of Whirlpool operations in Fort Smith. The Norge Company opened in 1961 a factory for the manufacture of refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners. It was purchased by Whirlpool in 1966 and expanded.

The Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company moved production of trash compactors from Fort Smith to Ottawa, Ohio, and production of built-in refrigerators will move to Amana, Iowa. Production of the side-by-side refrigerators, once the bread-and-butter of Whirlpool’s Fort Smith plant, will move to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Click here to read the full story from our partners at TheCityWire.com.