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Our History

A History of Whirlpool from 1911 to the present


Small plant, representing Whirlpool's global greenhouse gas reduction target

2012: The Whirlpool brand’s iXeliumTM cooktop won the prestigious iF Gold Design Award, and two design concepts, Fireplace and FreshConnect, also won iF Product Design awards. The iF Product Design Award is an important international competition that covers all areas of product design and serves as a platform for design-related innovations.


Small plant, representing Whirlpool's global greenhouse gas reduction target

Join Whirlpool Corporation in its 100th Anniversary celebration. As the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, we have played an integral role in home and family life during the last century. Learn more


Smart Grid compatible Whirlpool appliances

In 2009, Whirlpool Corporation announced its commitment to make all electronically-controlled appliances it produces – everywhere in the world – smart grid compatible by 2015.


Small plant, representing Whirlpool's global greenhouse gas reduction target

In 2003, we became the world’s first appliance manufacturer to announce a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a 3 percent reduction from 1998 levels by 2008. We revised the target in 2007, to a goal of 6.6 percent reduction by 2012. Currently our operations’ release of toxic chemicals in the United States is nearly 90 percent less than the releases compared to the 1987 baseline year, while at the same time production increased approximately 80 percent.


Maytag logo

In 2006, Whirlpool Corporation acquired Maytag Corporation, thus extending its existing position as the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances to a company with annual sales of more than $19 billion, more than 80,000 employees, and over 60 manufacturing and technology research centres around the world.


Whirlpool Cooking Factory in Wroclaw, Poland

Whirlpool Europe opens new cooking factory on its Wroclaw, Poland, manufacturing site, producing built-in hobs and ovens under the company's entire portfolio of European brands, to be distributed across all markets in Europe. The site is also home to a dishwasher factory and a refrigeration factory, a centre of technological excellence and rapid prototyping, and a chemical waste-water treatment plant.


Women Tennis Player, Amelie Mauresmo

Whirlpool Europe becomes Premier Sponsor of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) European tour. The company also announces the extension of its collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in Europe, and creates a milestone three-way partnership, whereby Amelie Mauresmo represents the WTA as official ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in Europe.


Whirlpool logo

Whirlpool completes acquisition of Polar, S.A., Poland's leading home appliances manufacturer and top Polish brand.


Habitat for Humanity logo

Habitat for Humanity International, a global, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide, recognizes Whirlpool Corporation for its commitment as the largest corporate donor to the project.


Futuristic Kitchen Appliances by Whirlpool

Whirlpool launches a series of design innovation concept projects: 2000, 'Macrowave' new frontiers for the modern microwave, featured at the Milan Triennale and the Louvre, Paris. 2002, 'Project F' a concept design project looking at the future of laundry. 2004, '' a visionary design project on the future of kitchen space and appliances.


Whirlpool Europe logo

Whirlpool Corporation and Philips form European joint venture. Whirlpool Corporation becomes sole owner in 1991. Between 1991 and the present, Whirlpool Europe has consolidated 32 separate markets into a unified business entity.


KitchenAid stand mixer

Whirlpool Corporation purchases KitchenAid.


Brasmotor car, Brazil

Whirlpool Corporation invests in Brasmotor S.A., for an equity stake in the Brazilian appliance market.


1900 Corporation Appliance

Nineteen Hundred Corporation changes name to the Whirlpool Corporation.


Guido Borghi and Ignis factory

Guido Borghi and his three sons found the Ignis company and brand in Comerio, Italy, later to be acquired by Philips in 1972 and then by Whirlpool Corporation in 1989.


German lady with electronic equipment

Gottlob Bauknecht starts small electric workshop in Taillfingen, Germany, eventually establishing his first factory in 1933. Philips acquires Bauknecht business in 1982.


Electric motor-driven wringer washer

Upton Machine Corporation is founded in St. Joseph, Michigan, to produce electric motor-driven wringer washers. Subsequently merges with the Nineteen Hundred Washer Co. in 1929.