Whirlpool liquidation sale to help United Way

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. is selling some merchandise at a discount price this weekend, and all proceeds go to charity.

The Overhauled, Old & Obsolete Appliance Liquidation Sale is planned for Saturday and Sunday with proceeds going toward the 2015 employee United Way campaign.

The sale, which is open to the public, will include Maytag, Amana, Kitchen-Aid and Whirlpool brand ovens, ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers at significant savings. All products will be covered by a one-year warranty.

For this sale, Whirlpool will offer close to 200 appliances – about three semi-truck loads.

“Many of our brands have products used for trade shows or photography that have never been used and are simply sitting in warehouses,” said Angie Seger, senior manager of Corporate Communications for the North American Region. “This sale is a great way for us to clear out space in the warehouses while also contributing to a good cause.”

Seger said the idea came out of Whirlpool’s United Way Employee Leadership Team – a group of people from across the Twin Cities that volunteer to work on the annual United Way campaign.

Whirlpool’s supply chain staff – a part of the leadership team – knew about the unused inventory. The idea to sell it as a United Way fundraiser came from the leadership team.

The sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The sale will be in the Center for Partner Development building at 1800 Paw Paw Ave.

All products purchased will need to be picked up Saturday or Sunday as there is no delivery service. Cash and credit cards are accepted for payment. Seger said Whirlpool has had internal sales like this before, but never ones that involved United Way.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Sept. 24, 2015)

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