Benton Harbor city leaders turn out for Whirlpool ribbon cutting

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Leaders from Berrien County turned out for a big ribbon-cutting in Benton Harbor.

It marked the official opening of Whirlpool's riverview campus on Main Street.

It covers 11 acres and marks a $70 million investment by the company.

Construction began back in 2010.

It was part of an effort to consolidate Whirlpool's 15 facilities into just three.

"As an anchor to be a beachon for more business to come.  It's going to be great beacase that translates into jobs.  And we desperately need that in this city," said Mayor James Hightower.

Whirlpool said 80 percent of what it sells in the United States is actually made in the U.S.

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