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Whirlpool is the largest home appliance maker in the U.S. and second largest in the world (after Sweden's AB Electrolux). Brands include Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Bauknecht, Roper, Magic Chef, and Maytag. The Maytag Corporation was acquired by Whirlpool in early 2006. Whirlpool also makes Kenmore and Sears brand appliances for Sears. In 2006, Whirlpool had sales of $18 billion and profits of $433 million with 73,000 employees. [1]

Political contributions

Whirlpool gave $50,780 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its two political action committees - 21% to Democrats and 79% to Republicans. [2] [3]


The company spent $280,000 for lobbying in 2006. [4]


Key executives and 2006 pay: [5]

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [6]

Contact details

2000 North M-63
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: 269-923-5000
Fax: 269-923-3722
Web: http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com


  1. Whirlpool Profile, Hoovers, accessed September 2007.
  2. 2006 Whirlpool PAC, Open Secrets, accessed September 2007.
  3. 2006 Whirlpool/Maytag PAC, Open Secrets, accessed September 2007.
  4. Whirlpool lobbying expenses, Open Secrets.
  5. Whirlpool Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed September 2007.
  6. Board of Directors, Whirlpool, accessed September 2007.

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