published Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Commerce secretary visits Whirlpool, VW plants

Whirlpool's 1-milion square-foot facility on Benton Pike in Cleveland.
Whirlpool's 1-milion square-foot facility on Benton Pike in Cleveland.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today toured the new $200 million Whirlpool, Corp. plant in Cleveland, Tenn., as well as Volkswagen's Chattanooga auto assembly plant.

In his tour in Cleveland, he said the plant is an example of American manufacturing making a comeback.

"This is about doing things right here in America," said Bryson.

Top Whirlpool officials including company chief executive officer Jeff Fettit cut the ribbon to open the 1-million square foot factory.

The site will replace the company's existing facility and was termed "the largest premium cooking plant in the world."

In Chattanooga, Bryson got an update from VW on its plans to add 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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