Whirlpool Corporation, Findlay Operations

Whirlpool Corporation Plant Tour

World Class Manufacturing as an Operating System


Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council at Whirlpool Corporation’s (Dishwasher) Manufacturing Operations in Findlay, OH, for an opportunity to tour the facility and learn about World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the continuous improvement program in place at Whirlpool.

You will have an opportunity to see how Whirlpool Corporation is leveraging the WCM Methodology to attack top wastes and losses, improve safety, quality and cost, deliver product leadership and engage the shop floor.

Through its automated Kaizen management system, Whirlpool Corporation is able to collect data that helps identify the proper tools and resources to drive improvements.

The application of the manufacturing training system develops the workforce, and increases involvement and improves engagement.

WCM Methodology, through its 7 steps approach, aims to empower the shop floor in order to drive positive change.

Periodic audits, performed by Whirlpool Corporation leadership and an external consultancy company, are a cumulative process with a progression of award levels. In November of 2022, Whirlpool Corporation’s Findlay Operations was awarded the Bronze Level. Bronze is one of four award levels within WCM.

What does it mean to be a Bronze Level plant?
  • Meet or exceed safety and quality goals
  • Achieve cost savings target
  • Systematically expand the methodology throughout the plant
  • High levels of engagement at all levels of the organization
Key Takeaways

Attend this plant tour, which will be followed by a panel discussion on World Class Manufacturing, and walk away with insights, including:

  • How workplace integration supports the success of new product and process launches through preventive analysis and shop floor involvement.
  • How the systematic pillar approach is empowering the shop floor to sustain the continuous improvement process.
  • How the Compass Room process prioritizes improvements to deliver safety, quality and cost projects.
  • How the People Development process is impacting business metrics and shop floor engagement using MTA (Manufacturing Training Area) and applications.
  • How Whirlpool Corporation continues to move forward on its sustainability journey with wind farms.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is committed to being the best global kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit, Yummly and InSinkErator. In 2022, the company reported approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 61,000 employees and 56 manufacturing and technology research centers. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com.