Upton Machine Corporation is founded in St. Joseph, Michigan, to produce electric motor-driven wringer washers. Subsequently merges with the Nineteen Hundred Washer Co. in 1929
Gottlob Bauknecht starts small electric workshop in Taillfingen, Germany, eventually establishing his first factory in 1933. Philips acquires Bauknecht business in 1982.
Guido Borghi and his three sons found the Ignis company and brand in Comerio, Italy, later to be acquired by Philips in 1972 and then by Whirlpool Corporation in 1989.
Whirlpool Corporation invests in Brasmotor S.A., for an equity stake in the Brazilian appliance market.
Whirlpool is distributed in Australia with Malley’s Whirlpool.
Over time Whirlpool will become synonymous with quality appliances in Australia serving families.
Whirlpool Corporation purchases KitchenAid.
Whirlpool Corporation and Philips form European joint venture. Whirlpool Corporation becomes sole owner in 1991. Between 1991 and the present, Whirlpool Europe has consolidated 32 separate markets into a unified business entity.
Whirlpool solidifies its presence in Asia and opens the Australian office in Scoresby, Victoria, operating directly as Whirlpool (Australia) Pty Limited.
Whirlpool launches a series of design innovation concept projects: 2000, 'Macrowave' new frontiers for the modern microwave, featured at the Milan Triennale and the Louvre, Paris. 2002, 'Project F' a concept design project looking at the future of laundry. 2004, 'in.kitchen' a visionary design project on the future of kitchen space and appliances.
Habitat for Humanity International, a global, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide, recognizes Whirlpool Corporation for its commitment as the largest corporate donor to the project More than houses: Rebuilding our Communities.
Whirlpool completes acquisition of Polar, S.A., Poland's leading home appliances manufacturer and top Polish brand.
Whirlpool Europe becomes Premier Sponsor of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) European tour. The company also announces the extension of its collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in Europe, and creates a milestone three-way partnership, whereby Amélie Mauresmo represents the WTA as official ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in Europe.
In 2003, we became the world’s first appliance manufacturer to announce a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a 3 percent reduction from 1998 levels by 2008. We revised the target in 2007, to a goal of 6.6 percent reduction by 2012. Currently our operations’ release of toxic chemicals in the United States is nearly 90 percent less than the releases compared to the 1987 baseline year, while at the same time production increased approximately 80 percent.
In 2009, Whirlpool Corporation announced its commitment to make all electronically-controlled appliances it produces – everywhere in the world – smart grid compatible by 2015.
Whirlpool relocates it’s Australian Head Office to Clayton, Victoria.