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Homes and businesses cannot function without modern appliances. The U.S. appliance manufacturing sector includes refrigerators and freezers, washers and dryers, cooking appliances, and heating and cooling appliances.
While the increase in the sector's jobs over the last year was modest at 0.99 %, you can expect emerging intelligent technologies and increased consumer purchasing power to drive further growth.
While statistics such as women and minority ownership, at 2% and 1%, respectively, mirror those of total manufacturing, the appliance manufacturing sector departs in several significant areas. According to MNI, publisher and compiler of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, the sector imports 24% of its raw materials versus 11% for manufacturing in general. While you might view this as a disadvantage, international distribution at 52% versus 29% for total manufacturing goes a long way to compensate.
Domestic distribution of appliances is only 25%, while for manufacturing as a whole, it stands at 70%. Appliance manufacturers have 13% public ownership, while total manufacturing has only 5%.
Most of the 383 appliance manufacturers in the U.S. (89 or 23%) are in the Midwest. The second largest cluster (57 or 15%) locate their facilities in the South. The West houses 37 or 10% and the Northeast 25 or 7%.
|Company||City||State||Number of Employees|
|Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.||Louisville||KY||6,000|
|Whirlpool Corp., Clyde Opers.||Clyde||OH||3,500|
|Electrolux Major Appliances||Springfield||TN||2,800|
|Roper Corp.||La Fayette||GA||2,000|
|Philips Oral Healthcare, LLC||Bothell||WA||1,800|
|A. O. Smith Water Products Co.||Ashland City||TN||1,400|
|Whirlpool Corp. Cleveland Div.||Cleveland||TN||1,300|
|Bradford White Water Heaters||Middleville||MI||1,200|
Each of the top 10 appliance manufacturers employs over 1000 workers. Since only one of these companies is located outside the Midwest or the South, you may find those regions your most promising prospecting zones.
1. Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions, Inc.
Haier is the new name for G.E. Appliances, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The company embraces the Internet of Things (IoT) to produce intelligent appliances and drive industry growth. It provides 6,000 jobs. Haier makes a point of its dedication to social responsibility.
2. Whirlpool Corp., Clyde Operations Facility
Whirlpool in Clyde, Ohio, employs 3,500 workers. The facility produces washers and dryers under Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, and Estate brands. Clyde houses both a production facility and a distribution center. Whirlpool is also an entry into the smart appliance market.
3. Electrolux Major Appliances
Electrolux was originally famous for vacuum cleaners, which it still manufactures, and it expanded into other appliances. Its washer and dryer are the best-reviewed of 2023. It also produces refrigerators and wall ovens. The Springfield, Tennessee, facility has a workforce of 2,800. The Electrolux website allows consumers to purchase directly and offers free-shipping promotions.
4. Whirlpool Corp., Marion Operation Facility
Marion, Ohio, prides itself that its Whirlpool facility is the world's largest clothes dryer manufacturing plant. Whirlpool uses 2,500 workers to turn the dryers out. Whirlpool makes an assortment of dryers, including top and front loaders, stackers, and an all-in-one washer and dryer.
5. Whirlpool Corp., Findlay Operation Facility
The Whirlpool Corporation in Findlay, Ohio, employs 2,300 workers. This facility uses wind power to offset 22% of its energy demand. You can expect this installation to tout its environmental awareness.
6. Roper Corp.
Roper Corporation in La Fayette, Georgia, claims to be the home of America's best cooking products. The 2000 employees manufacture G.E., Monogram, CAFÉ, Profile, and Hotpoint appliances. The facility is the largest employer in Walker County.
7. Philips Oral Healthcare, LLC
Philips Oral Healthcare in Bothell, Washington, sells Sonicare toothbrushes and other products to dental professionals. The company employs 1800 people. Philips offers courses for continuing education credit. It also offers PDF downloads, distributes posters, and posts dental information on social media.
8. A.O. Smith Water Products Co.
The 1,400 workers at A. O. Smith Water Products Co. in Ashland City, Tennessee, make water heaters and water treatment products. The company considers itself a quiet innovator. Unfortunately, in 2018, it had a recall of its water heaters as a fire hazard.
9. Whirlpool Corp. Cleveland, TN Division
The 1,300 workers at Whirlpool in Cleveland, Tennessee, make significant appliances for the wholesale market. The facility received incentives for participating in a lighting project to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Energy savings projects could give you an excellent conversation starter with management.
10. Bradford White Water Heaters
Bradford White's 1,200 employees in Middleville, MI, make a line of water heaters and boilers. They produce tank and tankless models for both residential and commercial use. The company helps customers connect with local contractors.