The Michigan-based appliance company broke ground last week on a new regional distribution center in Silver Spring Township, it announced in a news release.
The planned 1.1 million-square-foot facility at 100 Fry Drive will eventually replace Whirlpool’s warehouse in Dickinson Township, PennLive reported. When completed, it will provide the company with 300,000 more square feet of space, as well as rail access.
Montgomery County-based Penntex Construction Center is building the warehouse, with plans for it to open in the third quarter of 2017. Exeter Property Group, also based in Montgomery County, is in charge of property development.
The new warehouse will maintain Penske Logistics as its manager and keep its 90-person workforce.
“This upgrade to our distribution network represents our commitment to our consumers and trade customers,” Alison Jones, Whirlpool’s senior director of logistics, said in the release. “We expect that the additional space will improve our flexibility, increase our efficiency and provide needed space for our growing business.”
Whirlpool annually does about $21 billion in sales and has 97,000 employees across the world.