By Dan O’Brien, Plant Lead, Clyde Operations, Whirlpool Corporation
Another great National Manufacturing Month is nearly behind us, and as Whirlpool Corporation wraps up a month-long celebration of our manufacturing communities and our next generation of manufacturers, I think about how manufacturing has transformed since I began working in the industry 27 years ago.
Severely injured Veteran, Michael Gower and his wife Kelli receive a specially adapted custom home from Homes For Our Troops, enabling them to rebuild their life and regain some of the freedom and independence they lost.
Chef Ro Sanders shared how cooking healed her PTSD
A decorated Army veteran, Chef Roshara Sanders grew up in a Habitat for Humanity home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and it was her mother, Sharon, who fed her growing appetite for cooking and preparing meals. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Chef Ro discusses her life journey to become a professional chef, as well as how her service influences her life today and how cooking helps to heal her PTSD.
Robots allow employees to focus on tasks that require greater cognitive skills. Collaborative robots can be used for repetitive tasks as well as those that require detailed precision, such as applying a consistent amount of adhesive in an exact, repeatable location.
Whirlpool Hosted Chicago Ideas Week Lab Highlighting the Heartbreaking Reality Facing Students Nationwide – Lack of Access to Clean Clothes
Education has a laundry problem and Whirlpool is fighting back. Did you know that according to teachers nationwide 1 in 5 students don’t have access to clean clothes? Dirty clothes lead to students missing school and students who miss school are seven times more likely to drop out. The Care Counts™ laundry program, established in 2015, is committed to helping remove one small but important barrier to attendance – access to clean clothes – by installing washers and dryers in schools.
It started with Colonel James Findlay, who built a road and stockade in the area to transport and shelter his troops during the War of 1812. This stockade was later named Fort Findlay in his honor, with the town of the same name sprouting up after the war. Decades later, the town of Findlay was a stop for slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad. From the 1880s until the early 20th century, the area was a booming center of oil and gas production.
On August 14th, several Whirlpool Corporation employees went to Lafayette, Indiana to take part in a build for Habitat Humanity. The house will be the new home for a single mother and her son. One of the volunteers who worked on the project was Global Information Systems employee Rex Pennington.
“As soon as I saw this opportunity, I signed up for it because I really love Habitat,” said Pennington. “It’s an organization that’s near and dear to my heart. I like that it’s a “hand up” and not a “handout” philosophy.”
Whirlpool Corporation is celebrating its 20-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity this year, as well as the 10th year it has participated in the Indiana University one-week blitz build held annually on their campus in Bloomington, Indiana, in conjunction with the Kelley School of Business.
Nearly 3000 Whirlpool Corporation employees will join together in volunteer efforts across the globe as part of the company’s inaugural Global Community Day. The day of community service will take place September 16 – 30.
Stemming from the annual Community Day established in 2017 by the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Community Day will activate employees in 15 countries, with volunteer efforts focused on creating more vibrant communities through health and wellness, safe and sustainable housing and enhancing education.