As part of the 59th Maytag Commercial Laundry Meeting in Fall River, Mass., 150 people – including Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, City Councilman Cliff Ponte and Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Manager of Business Development Joe Trilling – recently gathered to celebrate a significant milestone for Whirlpool Corporation‘s investment in the commercial laundry category.Also on hand for the event were Maytag Commercial Laundry trade customers Robert Stevens and Robert Jackson of Harco Co. Ltd., based in Ontario, Canada, and Victor Hirmas of Intertrade Chile, based in Santiago, Chile.” It’s exciting to provide a glimpse into the latest innovation from Maytag Commercial Laundry, with our new dedicated multi-load washer production line,” said Trey Northrup, general manager of commercial laundry for Whirlpool Corporation. “The Maytag Multi-Load Washer represents an extraordinary addition to our product portfolio that continues to deliver compelling solutions to customers and the industry.” The Fall River manufacturing facility is intended to support strong customer demand for Whirlpool-built commercial laundry equipment. The $35 million project includes upgrades to the 300,000-square-foot commercial laundry facility, which will be the company’s largest plant dedicated to commercial laundry.” The advanced production here supports the growth of our premium commercial laundry business, which includes some of the most innovative multi-load washers and dryers, specialty products, and industrial dryers offered in the marketplace,” Northrup added.With the acquisition of the Fall River manufacturing facility by Whirlpool Corporation – the Maytag Commercial Laundry brand now has customized production washer capabilities, according to Northrup.” We’ve done this to continue our leadership in engineering, design, and manufacturing solutions to meet the increasing demands of the commercial laundry industry,” he said.” The Fall River facility allows for flexibility and nimble product offerings through its configure-to-order capability” explained Raul Rincon, Fall River plant director.As a part of the recent Fall River facility tour, guests got a first-hand look at the new washer platform to complete Maytag’s model lineup. The dedicated production line produces customizable, rigid- and soft-mount washers in 20- to 65-pound sizes. These new machines are scheduled to roll off the production line this summer.For James and Rhonda West, fourth-generation owners of Best Wash Inc. in Humble, Texas, touring the Fall River facility meant going behind the scenes of how Maytag machines are made.” We got a lot of great information about how and where the product is being made, which brings it all together” James said. “And it was really interesting to see the testing stations and environmental control lab.” In addition to the manufacturing facility, sales and service support have been expanded to include more resources, and an enhanced call center has been located within the facility.” These investments in our manufacturing facilities, products, and services are examples of our ongoing commitment to manufacturing – and reinforce our belief that the state of Massachusetts serves as a manufacturing center of excellence for commercial laundry equipment,” noted Pam Klyn, vice president of global product organization for Whirlpool Corporation.