BENTON HARBOR, MI-Whirlpool Corp., one of the nation’s largest home appliance manufacturers, has announced that it will keep its headquarters here in Western Michigan, with plans to build a new three-office campus in this city’s downtown. The cost of the project on the riverfront retail site on Main Street, between River Street and Riverview Drive, is reportedly $85 million.

The company said in a statement that it plans to receive a large financial incentive package from the state. “Thanks to collaboration with our four local government bodies, and with the State of Michigan, we will further strengthen our commitment to the Benton Harbor – St. Joseph communities,” said Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO, in a statement. “With more than 4,000 individuals in our current facilities, we have simply outgrown our current space. This initiative is a good business decision as the new campus and related changes are expected to increase productivity and energy efficiency, and reduce operating costs.”

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