Whirlpool Corporation, makers of well-known appliance brands like KitchenAid and Maytag, is expanding its distribution network in the United States with a new regional distribution center (RDC) to be located outside Chicago.
The new distribution center represents a $21 million investment for Whirlpool, and brings the company’s United States RDC total to 12, including Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
Whirlpool is leasing a full-mix, rail-served warehouse facility with 750 thousand square feet of space southwest of Chicago in Channahon. The warehouse will store products from all Whirlpool-built major appliance brands and categories.
The new RDC will improve flexibility and efficiency for Whirlpool’s upper-Midwest operations, the goal of which is better delivery times for customers.
"The expansion of our network is part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best service to continually meet our customers' needs," Jim Keppler, Whirlpool's vice president, said. "Chicago is the perfect location for a new facility. We have a large base of retail and builder customers in the metro area, and it provides easy access to multiple modes of transportation."
The warehouse will be managed by Kenco, a third-party logistics provider. The RDC will employ between 60 and 70 people once the facility is fully operational.