Whirlpool Corp. will eliminate 370 jobs at a Cleveland, Tenn., factory producing ranges for use in recreational vehicles as it shifts production to another facility in Tulsa, Okla., and a yet-to-be determined location in Mexico, the company announced Friday (Jan. 5).
According to an Associated Press report, the move will leave the plant with about 2,000 employees, Whirlpool spokeswoman Monica Teague said. Whirlpool said in a release that it expects to make up most of the job cuts through attrition and by eliminating temporary positions.
The move involves production of cooking ranges for recreational vehicles built under the Magic Chef and Crosley brand names, Teague said.
“These changes will improve the productivity and efficiency of our North American manufacturing platform,” David L. Swift, president of Whirlpool North America, said in a prepared statement. “The production moves also ensure that we can continue to rapidly introduce innovative new products under our leading portfolio of brand names.”
Whirlpool did not say how many new jobs would be created in Tulsa and has not yet determined which of seven existing production locations in Mexico would absorb the production. The company also did not give a specific date on when the Cleveland jobs will be eliminated, other than that it will be this year.