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Whirlpool Corporation and Champion Home Builders, Inc. Sign National Contract

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Whirlpool Corporation and Champion Home Builders, Inc. Sign National Contract09:44 EDT Thursday, April 14, 2011BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of a recent national buying contract, Champion Home Builders, Inc. will now be including appliances from Whirlpool Corporation in all of its manufactured housing and modular home plants. The agreement between the two Michigan-based companies consists of kitchen and laundry appliances for a number of life stages."Our partnership with Whirlpool Corporation is an ideal fit, as we both share a long history of working to meet the needs of homeowners in everything we do," said Bill Tackett, vice president of purchasing at Champion. "With Whirlpool, we can offer everything from entry-level to design-focused specialty appliances, as well as a wide selection of ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.""Like Whirlpool Corporation, Champion is proud to call Michigan home," said Tom Halford, general manager, contract sales and marketing at Whirlpool Corporation. "As Champion's single-source appliance provider, we're dedicated to upholding their standards for using the best brands and home products to delight homebuyers."About ChampionTroy, Michigan-based Champion Home Builders, Inc. is a leader in factory-built construction, which through its affiliates manufactures products at 26 facilities in North America and the United Kingdom and distributes its products through independent retailers, builders and developers. The Champion family of builders produces manufactured and modular homes, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications.  For more information, please visit www.championhomes.com.About Whirlpool CorporationCelebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Whirlpool Corporation's influence on home and family life has shaped trends in the kitchen, laundry area and beyond. The company strives to exceed expectations with appliances that help building professionals create homes of distinction. Whirlpool Corporation's The Inside Advantage? Program offers Powerful Brands, Innovative Products, Targeted Services and Market Insight to support building professionals.Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.For more information on Whirlpool Corporation and its offerings for building professionals, please visit insideadvantage.com or call 1-800-952-2537.SOURCE Whirlpool CorporationFor further information: Whitney Klinck, Miller Brooks, +1-317-873-8100, Whitney@Millerbrooks.com