Whirlpool to hire 500 for Amana refrigerator plant

Demand driven by customers wanting bottom-mount refrigerators

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Whirlpool Corp.’s Amana Operations refrigerator plant is planning what officials there call a hiring blitz over the next three weeks, aiming to add 500 employees.

Chris Rice, Amana Operations human resources director, said the full-time positions, which start at $15 per hour, include assemblers and utility assembler as well as more specialized work as brazers, foam operators, plastic setup operators and assembly team leaders.

“The bulk of the hiring will be for assemblers and utility assemblers,” Rice said. “People coming in will probably be working second or third shift, but candidates must be open to working any shift.”

Rice said the need for additional employees is driven by demand for premium bottom-mount refrigerators manufactured at the Amana plant.

“The bottom-mount and French door refrigerator market continues to grow,” Rice said. “We have projections that it will continue to grow for many years.”

If hired, Rice said workers can begin immediately.

Whirlpool Amana Operations is the largest employer in Iowa County. Rice said the additional hiring will bring employment to about 3,200 by the end of the year.

Whirlpool in June announced that it was reviewing staffing in its North American region and identifying areas of organizational change. The new hiring activity is unrelated, Rice said, to what he termed a normal operational review.

“We are adding a third shift to one of our assembly lines. That alone will account for about half of the 500 employees we are planning to hire,” he said.

Job seekers can apply online at www.whirlpoolcareers.com or by stopping in person at the plant, 2800 220th Trail in Amana, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rice said the plant also is accepting applications from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, but applicants should call first, at (319) 622-8815.

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