Whirlpool adds three wind turbines at Ohio manufacturing plant

Whirlpool Corp. said it is breaking ground on Dec. 7 on a project to build three wind turbines to help power its Marion, Ohio, manufacturing facility.

The three turbines will deliver wind generated power directly to the plant and when fully completed, are expected to provide approximately 19% of the total power consumption of the facility. The Marion wind project— which is scheduled for completion in early 2017 — is expected to eliminate the equivalent of more than 9,000 tons of CO2. All three turbines will be built and financed by One Energy as part of its “Wind for Industry” projects.

“We’re always exploring cutting edge technologies that will bring us closer to accomplishing our sustainability goals,” said Ron Voglewede, Director of Global Sustainability at Whirlpool. “We’re excited to bring a local focus for our global commitment to sustainability here in the Marion community and throughout Ohio, where we have significant investments in employees and facilities.”

Whirlpool’s Marion facility has 2,400 employees producing an average of four million clothes dryers every year. The Marion plant is one of three facilities in Ohio where Whirlpool is implementing wind energy to partially power its manufacturing operations. Two wind turbines at the company’s Findlay plant have been operational since January 2016. In October of this year, a similar project began at Whirlpool’s Ottawa facility.

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