Whirlpool has announced they will be closing their Refrigerator plant – located in Fort Smith, Arkansas – in 2012. The closure of the plant – which manufactures side-by-side refrigerators will be followed by a move of part of the factories production to Mexico.
City and union officials say that the plant closure will result in the elimination of between 1000 and 1500 jobs from the Fort Smith Arkansas area. Members of the United Steelworkers Union – Local 370 – have pledged to do their utmost to convince Whirlpool to reverse the decision.
The USW district director, J.M. Breaux is said to have offered to Whirlpool to address any problems and help to preserve the impacted jobs, but the company declined his offer.
Here at www.fridgefreezersite.com our thoughts go out to the impacted families, and we hope local efforts to save the plant are successful. We implore Whirlpool to work with the local community to resolve this situation in a mutually beneficial manner!