Made In America by Conal

Hey Appliance Fans,

I’m thinking Rio is going to be way more fun than London.

Go America, right?!?   The 2012 Olympics are all wrapped up and America opened up a can of butt kicking on the rest of the world: 104 total medals including 46 Golds.  If Michael Phelps (aka Aquaman) wasn’t competing, we’d only have 42 Golds.  A big THANK YOU to Mikey.  Even though he says he’s retiring, I get the feeling that he’ll be back in 2016.  Speaking of 2016, The Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Let’s do some thinking here.  London in 2012 or Rio in 2016?  Which do YOU think will end up being the bigger party?  I mean, what’s the equivalent of Carnival in England?  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?  Puhleese!   I’ll take Rio any day of the week.  Plus I’m a huge fan of Samba and Bossa Nova.  What music did England bring to the table besides bands that sound like American rock bands (I’m looking at you every rock band in the history of England besides The Beatles)?

All of this Olympic hoopla and nationalism got me thinking about appliances.  More specifically American made appliances.  Many of the luxury appliances are all made in America.  Guys like Sub-Zero and Wolf, Viking, Thermador, BlueStar, American Range, Capital, and Dacor are all made in America (and there are others too).  Even some companies we would consider foreign brands manufacture some of their products here, like Bosch and Electrolux.

I’ve mentioned in the past about a trend I’m seeing when working with customers: they want to purchase American products from local businesses.  With that in mind, I thought I’d touch on the Whirlpool Corporation’s MASSIVE migration back to the U.S.  This is a win-win for everyone and something we should all be excited about.

For those not in-the-know, Whirlpool Corporation is massive and includes brands like Kitchenaid, Maytag, Amana, and of course, Whirlpool.  They are America’s largest appliance manufacturer and one of the top manufacturers in the world.  While I’m writing this article, and over the next few years, Whirlpool is bringing their manufacturing back to America.  A little more than eighty percent (82 percent for all of you nerds) of their manufacturing is in the U.S.  Amana, Iowa; Clyde, Ohio; Findlay, Ohio; Greenville, Ohio; Marion, Ohio; Ottawa, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Cleveland, Tennessee; Benton Harbor, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois all have Whirlpool facilities.  In fact, Whirlpool is planning to invest around 1,000,000,000.00 dollars in U.S. manufacturing and jobs over the next 4 years.  Side note: doesn’t writing out one billion look a lot better than spelling one billion?  I thought so…

As a salesperson, it’s really nice to know that when I’m selling Whirlpool brands, I’m not only helping my customer, but I’m also helping America.  That last statement, appliances fans, is the cheesiest thing you’ll ever read from me.  That being said, there’s still truth in my statement.   Some big things are planned for Whirlpool coming up in September and I’ll make sure to keep you updated.  Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

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