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Maytag dishwashers recalled for fire hazard

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Maytag, announced a voluntary recall of certain Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs, which have been reported to pose a fire hazard.

The recall affects approximately 1.7 million units sold between February 2006 through April 2010 for $250 to $900.

The CPSC received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires, with one report of extensive kitchen damage. No injuries were reported.

A list of affected serial numbers can be found here.

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Whirlpool closes Benton Harbor facility, cuts 216

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Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool announced it will be closing its machining facility in Benton Harbor.

The closing of the facility will eliminate 216 jobs when the plant closes at the end of 2010 or early 2011.

The company said the move was part of an overall manufacturing restructure, which will include machining the company’s newest, most energy-efficient laundry products at the Clyde, Ohio, manufacturing facility.

“Whirlpool Corp.’s newest laundry platforms are the most energy- and water-efficient we’ve ever produced, and these products utilize new and fewer parts,” said Al Holaday, VP manufacturing operations, North America Region. “New innovations have eliminated many of the traditional components produced at the Benton Harbor facility. The new streamlined internal components will be machined at the Clyde Division.”

The company said approximately 30% of its worldwide work force of 67,000 resides in the United States, with about 17,000 working in manufacturing. Whirlpool said it increased its employee base in the United States by 12% in the past year.

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Leviton headquarters goes green

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In Melville, N.Y., Leviton Manufacturing Co. collaborated with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to launch long-term sustainability initiatives within its 140,000-sq.-ft. facility.

“Reducing energy use and carbon footprint within our global operating infrastructure is a mission-critical component of Leviton’s corporate mandate,” said Leviton president and CEO Donald Hendler. “By partnering with the experts at LIPA’s Commercial Efficiency Program, we received the customized technical support we needed to achieve our efficiency goals. As a provider of environmentally conscious products and systems, we are able to conduct our operations in an eco-friendly office complex that reflects our commitment to serving our customers, while serving as a socially responsible corporate citizen.”

Leviton is a supplier of electrical wiring devices and lighting energy management systems.

The implementation of energy-efficient lighting and building systems will reduce Leviton’s electric energy demand by an estimated 141 kilowatt (kW) and its electric energy usage by an estimated 646,433 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, resulting in savings of approximately $116,000 annually. The efficiency measures will also result in avoided emissions, over a 20-year period, of approximately 23,260 lbs. of sulfur dioxide, 15,516 lbs. of nitrous oxide and 15,095,600 lbs. of carbon dioxide — the equivalent of removing 1,360 passenger cars off the road.

Earlier this year, Leviton upgraded its El Paso, Texas, manufacturing plant to reduce electricity use by 2.1 million kWh a year.

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